Welcome to my blog documenting developments in my narrow gauge modeling using a variety of gauges. The scales range from 09/7mm representing 15inch gauge, 0-16.5/ 7mm representing 2ft gauge and a more resent return to 13/16mm G scale garden railways. All models are a mixture of scratch built and kit bashed items. Many made using pieces of plastic and odds and sods in the scrap box. Some are prototypical and others pure invention, made just for the hell of it
Monday, 22 August 2011
Hockenhull Platts Railway - 7mm Narrow Gauge
'Bear' shunts the remaining stock as the sun sets, the final day the line ran before it was closed for good.
I have transferred this over from ngrm-online to show thoughts and the decision making process.
Post subject: Hockenhall Platts Railway 7mm 0-16.5 Posted: Mon May 24, 2010 7:30 pm
Hockenhull Platts Railway
7mm Narrow gauge on 00 Track
I have decided to kick start my interest in model railways again and commit to a
project for 2010. The layout needs to be small 56iches x 12 inches (space an issue)
simple (haven???t built a layout for 15 years) interesting (no generic boring terminus)
detailed (finescaleish) and Cheap (I have pennies rather than pounds!). So with this in
mind I have racked my brains to try and come up with something. After a few failed
track plans in 7mm it became very obvious there was no space, not even for my
diminutive 0-4-0 tanks to chug on, so I moved to 4mm. This seemed like a logical
step but I have got a little used to the larger scale and was keen to stay there. So back
to the drawing board. Then after seeing an article on the Sand Hutton Railway I
thought, 7mm narrow gauge on
HO track this is the answer!
I have toyed with welsh narrow gauge in the past but with the space limit I felt I
couldn???t recreate a typical welsh scene so I put it on the back burner. Seeing the
Sand Hutton Railway reminded me of pictures of Estate railways such as the Eaton
Hall line, they were all a bit of a hotch potch and would allow me to have some artistic
licence with the stock and track plan. I had also seen some pictures of Rev Teddy
Boston???s railway with the locomotives surrounded by trees and bushes. I realised I
could squash a layout in a confined space, make it believable but also create
something quite unique. So this is where I am up to.
The Fictitious Hockenhull railway runs along the river Gowy, Cheshire from
Hockenhall to connect with the main line at Saighton. The line serves local Estates
a number of flour mills and a Salt works. It was originally intended that the railway
would continue east but financial restraints quashed any progress. The motive power
consists of worn-out Hunslet and Peckett tank engines from the welsh quarries.
These like the stock have seen better days and will no doubt see there final days on
I have included a map of the line
Post subject: Re: Hockenhall Platts Railway 7mm 0-16.5
Posted: Mon May 24, 2010 7:34 pm
Posted 05 January 2010 - 19:35
Over the last few days I have built the base boards for the railway. Originally the
layout was only one board but this has since doubled in size. Because of space
limitations I have had to build two base boards 52 inches by 12inches, these fit
together to produce an overall length of 104inches. Although it is quite narrow
I believe I will be able to produce a reasonably spacious layout.
The baseboards are built firstly by constructing a 52 x 12 inch grid frame using
3 x 1 inch pine. This is glued and screwed together with middle brace bars to stop
warping. On top of this 10mm plywood has been again screwed and glued into
place. I was not sure about all the scenic elements so I sunk a lower board in to
form part of the river and cut a hole for a turntable. After a cuppa I found I had
a lot of wood left over so I built another 52 inch by 12inch grid frame and then
called it a day. After some quickly drawn plans I decided the second board would
be a scenic run to a salt works and in the future perhaps lead to a third board
but that is a distant future dream besides I have no wood left! I cut out another
river/stream and cut two large lakes either side of the proposed track bed to form
a wharf. At one end there will be a quay? This will look something like the Lion
Anyway I have attached some pictures of the boards and some ideas of the track
Post subject: Re: Hockenhall Platts Railway 7mm 0-16.5
Posted: Mon May 24, 2010 7:36 pm
Posted 05 January 2010 - 20:00
Thought I should include a quick sketch of the layout plans from above and what it
should look like from the sides
going to build some building mock ups tonight!
Posted 18 April 2010 - 13:24
Thank you for all the comments, I am sorry not to have replied but a house
move, bad internet connections and a holiday have prevented any modeling
progress and replies. I have now finally been able to get around to some
modeling and I can now update the latest progress.
Since my last post I have built, painted and weathered some of the locomotives
and stock see link LOCOMOTIVES. I have made attachments to fix the boards
together and have now begun to tackle track work and Buildings.
I decided to use peco track, I have seen some wonderful handmade 7mm
track on this site but due to limited amounts of time it seemed more sensible
to use off the shelf items to ease the construction of the layout. The track has
been laid to my original plan but slightly modified so there is enough room
for stock to pass one another and give an impression of unplanned narrow
gauge line. The layout has been partially wired up with isolated sections in the
sidings and allow for two operaters to run trains. Due to my descision to have
a number of bridges and not really planning to scale my intentions the railway
has shrunk somewhat. I think I hadn't accounted for the size of the points
which has resulted in a rather cramped yard, but despite this I feel it gives a
prototypical impression of estate narrow gauge lines. The track plan has also
been modified between the two bridges to include another siding this is still
being developed but will be laid in the next week or so. Once this is completed
the track will be filled so only the rails can be seen, giving the impression of a
rather rundown railway.
Other developments include the building of one bridge, water tower and turntable.
The bridge is made of plasticard strips and is loosly based on one shown on the
Sand Hutton Railway, I am currently constructing another but this will be planked
I think (just to add interest). The turntable is the second I built the first resembling
something you might get on a standard gauge line, this prooved very tricky and
fragile and was later modified with the addision of planking as seen now. The
water tower is again scratch built using wills bridge sections and plasticard, it
needs detailing and painting. I have also made mockups of two of the other
buildings on the line, one is going to be a wooden workshop/lifting shop and
the other a corrugated light maintainance shed. I am also going to build a covered
section near the turntable.
I have afree day so its time to crack on with the layout, more pictures to come
Any comments welcome
Posted 20 April 2010 - 10:50
Thank you for the comments
I have been quite busy, I have nearly completed a number of the buildings on
the layout :
1. The maintainance Shed just needs some corrugated plastic card for the roof
and brick work sides. It is built out of layered 1mm plasticard with the details
scorn onto the top to simulate wooden planking. The size was determinded by
the largest lcomotive I have and the space in the siding
2. The little covered section is made out of strips of plastic and only requires
corrugated plastic card for the roof. This is quite small and provides shelter
for one of my hunslet style locomotives.
3. The engine shed/lifting shop just needs a tiled roof or corugated not sure
which? It again was built out of 1mm plastic card which was scorn to simulate
wood. I am really happy with this one, I added some very simple beams inside
and swinging doors at either end to let the light in. The roof has small windows
cut in that allow just enough light to illuminate the space. I decided to paint it
dark grey inside to add contrast between the light and the dark. I love seeing
pictures of little engines hidden in old crampt sheds. The space to the side will
be filled with machine equipment etc I can just squeeze 2 small hunslet type
locomotives inside, I think one will have to be in a part built condition, perhaps
poking out the back?
4. The water tower still requires the hose etc but these are on there way.
I have included some shots of the shed and buildings during construction.
Next job is to design and build the salt works, a bit of research and some
careful planning I think over the next few weeks.
Posted Today, 18:39
Its been quite a hectic one this last month or so and unfortunately not on the
model front but I have managed to catch up with things. Progress has resumed
on the track plan which now may I say has again been halted. I am not sure a
bout the second base board and may even include a third, (very small, basically
a strip of track to a small station). I am thinking about this after the turntable.
It would allow more scope for stock and also allow a station which has gradually
disapeared from the original.
While I ponder on these 2 boards I thought it best to begin working on the one
I am most happy with. The track has all been wired up with at least 2 isolated
sections in each siding, this is to allow locos to be exchanged to run on different
trains. I could not afford point motors so I attached strong wire to the point
motion and covered it in brass tube, on the operater side a small knob has been
added so points can be changed without the big hand in the sky! The knobs are
concelled behind lumps of scenary and prove very affective if alittle time
consuming to install, ( picture shows knob end with scenary over top). Next job
was to bury the track this was done with self drying clay, carefully pushing it in
to the sleepers, very boring and difficult when tackling points, but again
effective. Next job was to bring the landscape upto track level. I opted for a
rather haphasard solution. I built up layers of card soaked in pv and water, this
dries hard but also warps and bends allowing small hills and slopes to appear.
This is not ideal if you know what your after but it certainly creates some
intersting sections that can develop naturally. I then added a liberal speading of
poly filler, this is sometimes poured, which again creates some interesting
sections especially by the river. Unfortunatley I didn't take any photos of this
but I think it all comes out in the set of photos below.
The land was all painted in dark colours, this was to allow depth when adding
the lighter mini nature scenary and sand track bed. I used system 3 acrylic which
when mixed creates a lovely base coat. I have been playing around with some of
the buildings in different positions as it became clear areas where getting
overcrowded. Anyway I have attached the images of where I am up to but I will
put some more on tomorrow which shows an almost complete board with
scenary and buildings. I have also included some pictures of the locomotive
fleet which have been growing slowly when I have a spare moment or too
I have taken some pictures of the first board with most of the scenary complete.
I need to add fense posts, a number of trees, some large bushes on the back
section, paint 2 of the buildings, add ponit levers, add general mess and
locomotive parts barrels etc around the work shop and insert some people in
and about the buildings and static lcomotives. The buildings, water tower, buffer
stops etc need to be fixed in place, they were only placed to give some idea of
where things are going. I have added a coaling stage and added a scrap junk pile
by the workshops.
The scenary is all mini nature, using spring and winter grass mixed together and
then adding various scales of foilage on top. The little river is very overgrown
and has had sand to form the base. I will probably add some varnish in and
about the place to look like water and oil. The ballast is very fine sand and grit
from the garden which I think looks pretty good. I have also bought some mini
nature tufts of grass but the spring version looks a bit bright so I have ordered
some winter tufts instead. A thankyou must go to Dave and his 2010 entry Waton,
without that I would never have seen the mini nature products used so effectively,
Progress on the locomotives has been alittle slow, but they are taking shape. 2
of them are static but they can be shunted around the yard. I plan to have at least
4 part built locomotives for shunting around the different sidings. These will all
be in different states of repair etc
I have started work on the second board, slightly modifying the track plan and
buring the track. There will be a small station/halt to service the line and perhaps
a terminus after the end with the turntable, but we will have to see.
I think like any layout I have ever had I have over indulged on the locomotive
front, still the line up of hunslets does remind me of some pictures taken by Ivo
Peters in Dinorwic
I have posted a number of images of progress
Post subject: Re: Hockenhall Platts Railway 7mm 0-16.5Posted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:05 am
Unfortunately progress has been slow on the layout. The second board is
still without scenery and it has been put in store. When I built the layout I
had a good space to work and run it, but like many things the space was
required for something else. I hope to get the main board finish by
Christmas as I should have somewhere more accessible by then. Part of
the reason why I have begun a new layout in 09 (The Cutlery box) was so I could continue modeling. I have also found that although 7mm is a lovely scale to work on it does take up a lot of room and 009/09 is becoming a much more appealing option. I do have a number of 0-16.5 locos that are about to come out of the paint shop, maybe a photo opportunity this week but we will see.