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Hello folks and welcome to my first blog post. I intend to keep this as a running update for everything going on with my layout, from scenics to rolling stock and so on. But first, a little background. Barton St David began construction three years ago and is my first model railway project having come from the ‘train set’ side of model railways. Despite the fact that it is not 100% accurate, I have tried to be as realistic as my modelling abilities would let me, and this is the result so far. I began exhibiting in November 2019, with my last exhibition being at the Gartell Light Railway in 2020, before everything kicked off and exhibitions became a big ‘nono.’ 

Despite this, I have been working hard to develop the layout into what it is at the moment, with a big emphasis over the past 6 months on improving my rolling stock fleet. But first, some images of the layout in its entirety. 

The first of the scenic boards is below, and although it looks like a double line, the nearest to the front is actually a headshunt, although provision is there for extension.


Next up is the first of the station sections. This also contains part of the goods yard, with four sidings to play with. Platforms 1 and 2 can also be seen.021BAF36-3989-439A-B5ED-CB7035495222.jpeg.3b33c3222d5ab7fe26a8305da7b256fe.jpeg


The next two images show views of the final scenic board, the main station area. Features include a kit-bashed metcalfe goods shed and scratchbuilt loading bays for the goods yard. Platforms are still a little bare, they have your usual details on but I’m not happy with the colour. Too light in my opinion. Oh, and excuse the badly drawn trees. Backscene development in the early stages!




Below is one of my favourite scenes, tucked in the corner of the first scenic board. The tree was made from electrical wire, scouring pads and blu-tak, not bad looking really! Wanted to give the impression of a little used field, and I think it’s been achieved quite well.



There are a lot more details both on the layout and in the planning which I shall be sharing as and when. Hopefully this is a good overview, and please feel free to provide any feedback or ask about bits and bobs, I’ll be happy to oblige. More updates to come so watch this space! 

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Hello all, a slightly different update this time.  I apologise for the lack of posts as of late, but unfortunately progress on my GWR carriages covered in this blog has temporarily stalled as other commitments have somewhat taken over over recent months. However I do aim to show some images of a couple of other small projects I have been slowly working away on since my last post on the carriages when I have the time. Hopefully you will start to see regular updates from about the end of

Ride Heights

Progress on the Clerestory and 6-wheel carriages has slowed slightly over the past week due to other commitments, however I have found time today to look into the Triang chassis ride height.   I knew at the start the old Triang chassis would be far too high when running with more up-to-date stock, as shown in the below comparison image with a Hornby ‘Bow Ended’ Collett. It is clear to see that the 6-wheeler is about half a buffer to high.    Ok, so maybe the issue can be address

Clerestory Painting

I fancied a change from the 6-wheeler tonight, although progress on that has been coming along well.   In the background of some previous images some of you may have noticed a Tri-ang clerestory, in the progress of repainting. Well here it is: One side has almost been completed. Another coat of brown is needed from the brake ducket along the passenger bays. After this the cream will be applied to the appropriate panels, with red and cream being used on the droplights. Eventu

Footboards and Tie Bars

Some small updates on the 6-wheel carriage project:   First of all the underframe has been developing nicely. The ratio footboards have been removed from the original coach and attached to the new chassis.  Lower footboards have been fabricated from some spare steel rail, filed down appropriately and set in place. Starting to hide the somewhat crude triang axlebox detail. (Image Below)   Below is a snap of one footboard just to show what has been done compared to the

Carriage Building

My first entry: The other day I began having a look at creating a semi-fictional GW 6-wheel brake carriage, having been inspired by an article on the Swansea Railway Modellers Group.    I already had a Triang 6-wheel chassis, a suitable chassis for now which will be heavily detailed in the near future. The body? Taken from a ratio kit which I had started painting but never got any further.    Work over the past couple of days has included shortening the ends of the chassis slightly
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