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Progress reports, track plans, tips and updates from the construction of my model railways. Includes N, OO and 009 gauge layouts. Based on railways in Cornwall and a 1980s Network South East themed railway.

Making a miniature bird nest

Photo of a miniature bird nest for model railways
Making model bird nests. [...]

It has a name! Why my model railway is called White River Mills

White River Mills Model Raiilway
After much contemplation, countless cups of tea, and a dash of inspiration, I've finally given my 009 exhibition layout a name: Welcome to White River [...]

An optical illusion

Photo showing mirror hiding rear of model railway layout
It's been bugging me for ages. [...]

Front of house for the exhibition layout

Photo of my exhibition model railway with newly fitted covers
From the very start of constructing this layout, I've intended the layout to be boxed in. [...]

Making a model derelict barn

abandoned barn model
Making a scratch built barn to hide the fiddle yard entrance on the layout was a lot of fun. [...]

Adding animals

oo scale dog
As a break from building construction for the layout, I painted a few more animals that will be live around the railway. [...]

Finishing touches

scale model pigeon
I've recently finished another building for my exhibition layout. Well, it'll do for now. [...]

Scratch building a 4mm scale storage shed

Photo of a stoage shed on a model railway.
How the storage sheds for White River Mills where constructed. [...]

I didn’t mean to do that

spilt fluid
How working on the model river lead to flooding one of my points with masking fluid! [...]

Making a river, exhibition layout

Photo of a river on a model railway closeup.
Starting on the scenery. [...]

Building an OO scale mill house

wills kits ct22 kit
Building a mill house. [...]

Revision, exhibition layout

With the baseboard construction and track laid down, I've had a chance to plan some of the detail of the layout and typically this highlighted a problem. [...]

Laying the track

laying model railway track
Now for the fun part. [...]

Backscene Selection

Tamar valley
For me, the back scenes of layouts are critical. [...]

Track planning on modular base boards

Track plan
My exhibition layout has been designed with a track plan finalised but track plans for modular baseboards are slightly different to normal layouts. [...]

Making my first exhibition layout

modular baseboard
It was just another email. [...]

Triang Merton Factory

One of my layouts, the Wandle Valley, will feature the old Tri-ang factory in Merton. Sadly, the building is no longer there which makes modelling it difficult [...]

Rebuild, revise or carry on?

change or modify model railway
Well that's annoying. [...]

£35 Model Railway In A Box Conclusion, part 8

Although the core of the model railway in a box challenge wasn't completed last time, there were a few little bits around the layout I wanted to tidy up. [...]

Railway in a box, Hobbit vineyard

A while back I acquired a wine box. I was about to throw it out when I idea struck me. [...]