From when my Parents gave me my first train set for a Christmas present as a child, I have had an interest in model railways. I originally started in "OO" gauge, but have also built in "N" and "O" gauge. The last layout I built was my exhibition layout "Holmehurst" which was in "O" gauge, and I exhibited it around the country. Photos of it can be seen by following this link.

I inherited some "OO9" rolling stock from my late father, including a loco I built from a white metal kit for him, and ever since living on our working narrowboat Hadar I have been thinking about building a "OO9" layout.

For those who do not know, "OO9" is "OO" scale, which is 4mm to 1ft, but the track and rolling stock are narrow gauge, equivalent to 2ft gauge in real life. Modelling-wise this means that I can used standard "OO" scale buildings, people, scenery etc. of which there is a far greater range of ready built items and kits to choose from, but it has the advantage that the reduced size of the track and rolling stock means that curves can be tighter than for standard gauge, without losing a realistic look within a restricted layout size.

I had thought about building a layout in our garden alongside our mooring at the Saltisford Canal Centre, but after much thought decided that this would not be practical. However I built a small layout (now dismantled) which sat on the shelf above the display cabinet, in our saloon, which houses my "O" gauge rolling stock. Having finished it, my wife Jo suggested that when we stop selling coal I could build a layout in the hold. As we stopped selling coal at the end of 2016.

I have now built the layout. This is now a full record of the building of this layout and any new additions along the way.

Please feel free to leave comments, I am always interested in suggestions or questions.

Friday 30 September 2022

Ballast Train

 0-6-0 diesel 'Oliver' with a train of tippers loaded with ballast passing through the PW depot. 😊


Thursday 29 September 2022


 This morning Bo-Bo DB V251 'Victoria' hauling empty tankers past Hadarford lock on it's way to the docks at South Crossing. 😊 

Bo-Bo DB V251 'Stephanie' assisting Bo-Bo DB V251 'Victoria' returning in the afternoon with the now loaded tanker wagons passing Hadarford wharf. 😊


Wednesday 28 September 2022

Summer Steaming Season Drawing to a Close

 With the summer steaming season drawing to a close, 4wDM diesel 'Hadar' leaves Hadarford station with an up passenger service. 😊


Tuesday 27 September 2022

Size Comparison

 Newly finished 3D printed 0-4-0 diesel 'Chas' with rtr (ready to run) Roco 0-6-0 diesel 'Becky' as a size comparison. 😊


Sunday 18 September 2022

New Diesel Shunter Project Part 4

 This morning I finished the new diesel now named 'Chas' by adding glazing, a driver and then fitting the chassis, already in service passing Hadarford lock with a small freight train. 😊


Saturday 17 September 2022

New Diesel Shunter Project Part 3

 Name plates fitted, buffer beams painted red, and radiator grill and lower section of footplate painted matt black. 😊


New Diesel Shunter Project Part 2

 This morning I made a start on the new diesel shunter by gluing the 2 couplings into the body and then gluing paint sticks to the body and roof.

Once the glue had set I then primered both parts. 😊

Although it doesn't show, this afternoon I sprayed the new diesel with matt varnish 😊


Thursday 15 September 2022

New Diesel Shunter Project

 Today the Kato chassis arrived, so I can now make a start on my next project. 😊


Summertime 'Toast Rack' Special

 0-4-0 'Leo' ahead of the last summertime 'toast rack' specials for this year passing Hadarford wood. 😊


Monday 12 September 2022

0-4-4-0 Double Fairlie 'Merddin Emrys'

 0-4-4-0 Double Fairlie 'Merddin Emrys' awaiting the signal to pass through Hadarford station with an open wagon train, whilst 0-6-0 saddle tank 'Beryl' waits with a mixed freight train in the wharf siding. 😊