Hennock was inspired by my eldest daughter whilst sat on the platform of Staverton Station in Devon.
In an effort to get away from Ready to Run I chose 3mm scale to model this layout having previously exhibited a large Tri-ang TT layout. I hope the ramblings that all to frequently appear will be of use to you no matter what scale!
The track diagram shows a simple passing station with a couple of sidings. All track is PECO Hom-12mm gauge with turnouts operated by the wire in tube method. Control is provided by Gaugemaster HH with feedback.
Locos are mostly whitemetal kits running on etched chassis powered by Mashima 9/16 motors with Branchlines 40:1 gearboxes. Wheels are Markits with the latest 3mm Society products being introduced.
Coaches consist of Society 'B' Sets and coaches from etches by Worsley Works, Brynkits and 3SMR. A vast range of wagons are from the 3mm Society list with Finney and Smith providing the China Clay , Gunpowder and a few etched kits.
Hennock has appeared in Railway Modeller and Model Rail.
Please visit the links to the left - 3mm is the Premier Scale for modellers-


General view of Layout.The facia has since been varnished.

The Degree Inn

The Degree Inn
In recognition of my eldest Daughter's achievement. She is also the one who gave me the push to build the layout.

14XX and Autocoach

14XX and Autocoach
Shows Station building-based on Staverton.

Hennock Track Plan

Hennock Track Plan

Friday, February 28, 2014

Dorset Group Meeting March 2014.

The groups next meeting is the 1st March, seems that this month has sped  by.
Couldn't resist a new picture of Hennock , some more will be published shortly in a magazine that has approached me to write an article.So I took the chace to indulge myself and take some new shots for that purpose.
Hope to see some of you at the meeting on Saturday.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

More of Northampton.

Sometimes I am unable to make this darn computer do what I want.
I wanted the pictures the other way round but the machine had other ideas.
Another offering from Northampton is this well made diorama for which I apologise as I have no idea who made it.
Suffice to say whoever it is should be very proud of a well made piece of modelling.
A static display that belied its simplicity.
Please let me know of its creator so I can update this post to provide the credit.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Northampton 22nd Feb 2014

 This is Petton, a 4ft long layout built by Mark Haynes but now in the ownership of Geoff Tew.
Using PECO 12mm track, it was Marks' first essay into 3mm modelling. Mark was there showing Hemyock Road of which there will be more at a later date.
Mainly kit built stock was running on the layout with a few pieces of modified Tri-ang stock.
Just shows what can be done in a small space and certainly got me thinking!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Northampton Group of the 3mm Society Model Railway Exhibition 2014

 Just a few photos of 3mm layoputs at the Northampton Groups Exhibition.
More to come plus some layout details.
A successful day with plenty of visitors and lots of interest in 3mm.
The cafe next door produced one of the best and largest bacon roll ever- would come back again if only for that.
Oh and very nice cake as well!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Oh Font of all knowledge!

 Sometimes you just can't resist it!
Next to the font in a church is the 3mm Society's information boards!
Not only that but Peter Stratford the 3mm Society's Publicity Guru, pictured below, almost  exudes a holy countenance!
More  on the excellent Northampton Groups Exhibition in the coming days- yes I remembered my camera and took some pictures.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Collett Sub Brake Third Dia D117.

 Picked thwese up from the Society Secondhand staal at West Byfleet,.
I have been a bit impatient in building these as I haven't remembered to cut out the Brake End windows before soldering it all together.
However, I will drill the corners and somehow cut them out.
Still I have another to do plus get hold of a centre carriage to make up the set.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Northampton Exhibition -Tomorrow.

Hennock is on it's travels again- the last booking for the forseeable future at least.
If you are in the area-St James Church, St JamesRoad, Northampton  NN5 5LE- between the hours of 10 and 4 then do pop in and see us.
There promises to be layouts in various scales and gauges plus Refreshments!
We will be setting off before dawn, a long drive and hopefully not too much inclement weather!

Look  forward to maybe seeing a few new faces- Old ones are welcome too!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Swanage Coaling Stage and Water Tower.

 Working from some original photos and plans from Terry Jenkins 4mm model, Colin has come up trumps with  this excellent model.
This is a new build because the original had been destroyed.
It will sit adjacent to the Engine Shed and Turntable.
Still the road bridge, Engine Shed and Turntable to do.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Standard 4 2-6-4T.

Kindly given to me by Paul , this will form part of the motive power for Swanage and also East Boldre.
Sitting in front of the body is the chassis from Worsley Works.
It needs a bit of fettling before it will fit, plus wheels etc- I know I was one step ahead!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Swanage Signal Box

 Colin has done a brilliant job of reconstructing the signal box.
Slightly damaged when lifting from the original board, the steps have been completely re-built.
Looking good.

Friday, February 14, 2014

East Boldre-Station Signs.

 Credit where credit is due! I cxontacted Jeff Duke at Station Signs Late last week, pleading with him to produce a set of signs for East Boldre as he had for me in 4mm scale.
This he did with lightening speed, plus a set of large signs to go on the layouts fascia.
The results are here to be seen- excellent in all respects, the help and attention to detail cannot be faulted.
If you have a layout that needs a name you would be barking not to speak to Jeff FIRST. He is very obliging and many 3mm layouts would benefit from his products. Have a look at the website. Below are the 4mm version next to the 3mm .

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

East Boldre.

 This is the original East Boldre- in 4mm scale.
Based  on a real village in the New Forest, this layout was shown at several exhibitions until sold to make way for Hennock.
New boards are cut but need bracing. I have hand built pointwork and several lengths of 3mm Society 12mm track.
So- if it will stop raining then I can get on. Another thing stopped by the weather is spraying numerous projects, not worth the risk of the top coat blooming due to the wet atmosphere.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Numbers, Numbers.

Well statistics appear to have raised their ugly head again.
Last month saw the Blog pass the 80,000 view mark, not bad  and I thank all that have taken the time to visit and especially those that comment. January saw the fourth highest views, something that surprised me given the paltry number of posts I made.
It seems a bit pointless without some form of  feedback, am I producing something that visitors want to read or do they just walk quickly past with scarcely a glance?
Recent exhibitions have several visitors commenting on the blog and a few have visited specifically to view Hennock.
Talking of Hennock, later this month sees it's last booked exhibition at Northampton- I want to develop Teignford more- and I am trying to decide its future. We have been showing Hennock for a few years now and new projects mean a lack of space and I don't want it to become damaged or worse. I may just properly store it away or maybe sell. Who knows- unless you want it?

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Swanage Air Raid Shelter.

 Bit of a landmark today- this is the 700th post!
The Air Raid Shelter stood at Swanage until the track was removed after closure,
This small building has appeared in numerous photos and I had almost forgotten it until we started renovating Swanage.
Again, Colin has turned a mundane little structure into an excellent rendition of the prototype.
More is still to come I warn you!

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Bubble Car for St. Agnes.

 Nigel has produced this single car unit from sides and ends supplied by Worsley Works. The cab roofs and headboards have been fabricated from plastic shhet , the centre section being the standard Worsley extrusion.
The motor bogie is worthy of note, this has been made by Nigel, having a Mashima 9/16 motor driving one of the bogie axles on the bogie etch (must take the top off next time!)
I will show more detail of the undergubbins another time.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Class 47.

A Class 47, or Brush Type 4 in old money, made
 an appearance at our meeting. This has been aquired by Peter and appears to be a rework of the Tri-ang Class 31. It certainly has its motor and extended chassis.
Still some work to do, especially the roof but I think it captures the look of the prototype better than the cast whitemetal kit often seen.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Dorset Group February 2014 Meeting.

 After what seemed the shortest January on record- but certainly the wettest- the February meeting saw a lot of modelling.
Both Colin and Nigel have been busy with Swanage. Colin has refurbished some of the buildings whilst Nigel has been getting to grips with removing trackwork from the old boards.
The buildings will appear but the Goods Shed looks superb, still to have the chimney replaced it really captures its prototype.