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.

Saturday 4 November 2023

Improving the Cheap Trees I bought in 2016

 Some of cheap trees from China I first bought in 2016 for Hadarford at the start of the build. For some reason they had little silver specks in the leafage, weird πŸ€”.

Being a rainy day today, I set about adding new leafs to them to improve their look using my WWS Pro Grass Box Static Grass Applicator, which I recently bought to put woolly coats on my sheep.

No more glaring silver specks. This was the last group of 3 batches I treated today.

They were part of 100 trees for £12.89 post free! The 1st of 550 trees on the layout. 🌳🌳🌳

Before treatment, you may just about be able to see the offending silver specks in them.

After the new leafage has been applied, and no more silver specks.

The refurbished trees refitted back on the layout, they look so much better without the silver bits glistening away, and mixed in with all the other trees.


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