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, 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 which sits 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 am now planning the layout. This will be an ongoing record of the building of this layout.

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

Monday, 12 June 2017

Engine Shed & Coaling Stage 6

Painting has progressed nicely this morning.

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Keith.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Engine Shed & Coaling Stage 5

A bit more painting.

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Keith.

Engine Shed & Coaling Stage 4

Base coat of light grey which is for the mortar between the brickwork and stonework and the concrete platform of the coaling stage and the water tank support.

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Keith.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Engine Shed & Coaling Stage 3

Both engine shed and coaling stage primered ready for painting tomorrow.

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Keith.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Coaling Stage 2

Today I constructed and added the brick steps. The coaling stage is now ready for painting.

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Keith.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Coaling Stage 1

Today I constructed the coaling stage to go with the engine shed. It needs a set of steps to complete it.

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Keith.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Engine Shed Kit 2

Construction finished, all ready for painting tomorrow.

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Keith.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Engine Shed Kit 1

Today I made a start on building an engine shed. Yesterday I received in the post a Wills Kit of a standard gauge engine shed, which needed modifying to suit my narrow gauge layout. To this effect I had planned to reduce the length and height, but I decided to keep the width as changing this would have been impossible to adapt the supplied doors to fit. I hop that it will look alright when finished. First thing was to cut down 2 of the doors from which the height of the shed could then be determined. The 2 doors in the centre are the original height and the 2 outside doors are the reduced ones.

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The walls are complete.

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I have also altered the model by replacing the 2nd pair of doors at the rear of the engine shed with a solid wall, with a door and wooden extension in this new wall. The wooden extension as from the Pub kit which I converted into the hotel.

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The water tank positioned in its location but not yet fixed as both the shed and tank will be painted separately before I fix the tank in place.

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Keith.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Engine Shed

My next project arrived today, a Wills Kit engine shed, which I will start building tomorrow.

However it will not look exactly like this, it will be shorter and lower for my narrow gauge engines.

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Keith.


Sunday, 28 May 2017

Cottage Kit 7

Finished, apart from the glazing which I will do this evening, to allow the glue on the windows time to set.

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As with the previous 3 kits, I will weather them when I come to attach them to the layout.

Keith.

Cottage Kit 6

Almost finished. 1st thing this morning I started by attaching the front door canopy.

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Then I primered everything.

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And then throughout the later morning and early afternoon I finished painting.

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The doors and windows are painted ready to fit along with the glazing.

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Keith.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Cottage Kit 5

Chimney now fixed in place. I have also added the ridge tiles, guttering and barge boards.

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Keith.

Cottage Kit 4

The cottage has moved on at quite a pace today, I am getting used to building this type of kit. The walls are joined together, the window sills and lintels fitted.

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The rear of the cottage.

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The chimney.

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The roof.

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Underside of the roof.

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The roof and chimney temporarily in place.

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Keith.

Cottage Kit 3

Walls, chimney and roof all cut and mitred ready for assembly.

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Cottage Kit 2

The Walls are all marked out ready for cutting.

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I have also marked out the roof, but it doesn’t show up in a photo.

Keith.

Cottage Kit 1

Today I am about to start building the last kit that I bought some time ago. It was going to be the lock cottage, but as I have bought a ready made model of a lock cottage, I will use this just as a cottage, somewhere.

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The instructions.

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The templates for the walls, chimney and roof.

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Elevation views.

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The walls, roof and floor pieces. As with the previous kits, the single floor piece I will not use until I finally install the kits on the layout, if I use them at all. This piece is intended to be used around the buildings, which I may decide as not appropriate.

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The detail pieces, doors, windows, door canopy, ridge tiles, guttering, window sills, chimney pots, garden walls, reinforcing corners and a waving man.

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Keith.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Telephone Kiosks

Yesterday I finished painting the 2 telephone kiosks that I built Saturday.

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The back board inside of both kiosks was created by using this photo, clipping it in Photoshop, then pasting it in a Word document before reducing it down to size and then printing it. I have found that by pasting into Word and reducing it, I get a better resolution and as the word document on my laptop screen is actual size of the printout it is easier to get it to the right size.

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Telephone box

However I do have a dilemma as there are 3 options of how the kiosks should be sited, as shown below. I will have to put it to the vote on facebook.

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I also finished painting the outside toilet.

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Keith.