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.

Sunday 29 October 2023

Quarryman's Coaches part 4

 Railway staff fitted inside the quarryman's coaches, their leg amputations went well. 😊

The now completed coaches in service behind 0-4-0 quarry Hunslet 'Nesta' passing Hadarford wood. 


Saturday 28 October 2023

Quarryman's Coaches part 3

 3 sets of Greenwich couplings assembled.

Then glued to the underside of the 3 quarryman's coaches. 😊 


Sunday 22 October 2023

Quarryman's Coaches part 2

 0-4-0's 'Chloe' and 'Leo' posing the 3 new quarryman's coaches (with the original whitemetal one at the rear of the train) alongside Hadarford lock, freshly painted and glazed this morning, but awaiting couplings, in the post, to complete. 😊


Saturday 21 October 2023

Quarryman's Coaches

 This afternoon I have assembled these 3 Dundas Models quarryman's coaches, ready for painting. 😊

Now with a coat of primer, and on the roofs. 😁


Sunday 15 October 2023

Logging Loco 'Marmite' Return

 Logging loco 'Marmite' on her return journey with some large logs. 😊


Saturday 14 October 2023

Logging Loco 'Marmite'

 Logging loco 'Marmite' and brake van heading for Hadarford tunnel 😊


Wednesday 11 October 2023

Double Fairlie 'Pandora'

 0-4-4-0 Double Fairlie 'Pandora' with a mixed freight train passing Hadarford wharf. 😊


Sunday 1 October 2023

Lift-out Bridge Repairs part 3

 Today I completed the initial construction of the fiddleyard end of the large lift-out bridge by adding the section of the bridge, which I cut off 4 weeks ago, to the fiddleyard baseboard, and constructed the new sections which will retain the bridge in place. 😊

Before starting work

Major construction work completed

Major construction work completed