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

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A long, long time ago......

 Some lyrics from Bye, Bye Miss American Pie starts us off today but don't worry I won't sing!
I sold this fledgling layout to Russ some time ago- it was to be a 4mm East Boldre 2 but for me was too big and couldn't get it out of the loft.
A chance meeting with Russ encouraged him to bring it along to our meeting.
After assembling it all and cleaning the track, plugging in the controller and wiring his transformer correctly it all ran perfectly. I had forgotten how I had wired it but it must have been right.
At 18 ft long it is a big layout (for me anyway) so hopefully we will see it again and help Russ to complete.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

You never know whats coming!

Our monthly meetings never cease to surprise me.
This month saw the arrival of Peter who has built a marvellous rendition of the narrow gauge lines associated with the clay workings in Purbeck. Please excuse me as I am useless at names. This is built to a gauge, I think, of 32mm. However, Peter wanted to do some touching up of the layout before Railway Modeller does a photoshoot later this month.
Also Peters son is into 009 and he broughyt along his layout as well and they are both shown here.
Although we are the 3mm Society Dorset Group, we appreciate other scales and indeed often steal  gain ideas from others who may have a good idea which can be adapted for use in any scale.
So, don't dismiss other scales as you well may be shooting yourself in the foot as they well may have an answer to your problems, no not those one's, and you may be able to benefit from them- I know I have- several times.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Smallbrook Studios IOW Brake Van.

 This has been seen before but since that the van has been painted.
It shows what a good model can be made from this kit.
I had reservations about Resin cast kits but since this and the 3mm Adams Radial from Branchlines I have changed my mind.
It means you have a good solid lump to start with and basically have to attach the bells and whistles-simples!

Monday, May 12, 2014

3mm Scale 08 0-6-0 Shunter.

Sorry again for the poor pictures- the model really deserves better.
Nigel has cut a Tri-ang TT 08 shunter in half, thinned it down and stuck it back together to create a really nice model.
Worsley Works supplied the chassis and Nigel has made his own outside cranks.
3mm doesn't have to be expensive.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Hand built track.

I did pronmise another of Colins skills- well here it is. He really kept this from us.
From SMP plans he has built a few of these, albeit in 4mm scale- hopefully practising for the trackwork for Swanage.
From copper clad sleepers and he has filed all the rail to fit- I wish I still had a steady hand!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

A 3mm Bubblecar.

 Sorry for the grainey pictures- dont quite know what happened there.
Nigels 3mm Bubblecar is from a Worsley Works kit with a power bogie built specifically for this unit.
You may remember the Cullibo posts before All Fools Day?

Friday, May 09, 2014

A 3mm Micro Layout.

Robert brought this small layout to our meeting and it shows what can be produced in a small space whilst retaining an uncrammed (is that a word?) atmosphere.
Designed to be a Diesel era layout before the mass closure and removal of this type of scene.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

An outbreak of Adams Radials.

 This is Colins 4mm version, unfortunately the motor for my 3mm effort is no good so advancement is stalled until a replacement can be obtained.
This , from a PDK kit I believe is coming on nicely and runs as good as it looks.
Later this week I hope to show some of Colins other skills!

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Dorset Group May Meeting.

 We had a wealth of models at this months gathering more of which in the coming few days.
Nigel has been experimenting with the West Harptree couplings which we have discussed over some time.
He has attached a steel wire to the dropper of the coupling which is attracted to a magnet under the track.
This will enable coupling to take place wherever we choose- firstly I have a lot of stock to convert but I think it will be worth it in the end.