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

Sunday, March 04, 2012

End of an era!

Well great sadness as we have lost our regular meeting place.
Due to todays need to save money, our hosts have decided that they no longer need an on site presence and so access will no longer be possible. The local Community Centre is quoting a price quite beyond the means of a small group such as us, so much good modelling time will have to be wasted contacting some likely premises that would be suitable.
I am from an era where there was always a local hall that had activities going on most days a week, but all that seems to have gone now and I think that is a crying shame. When we see the news programmes extolling the success of an area through community work, I wonder where do they meet, and at what cost?
One comment that rears it's ugly head is that of insurance. Surely the risk of a few chaps meeting with 12 volt equipment is not that much of a risk. I also have an interest in Stationary Engines. Mine, a Bamford EG 1.5HP has twin flywheels and to take it to shows costs me the princely sum of £15 per annum- oh and I can have Three on this policy. Bear in mind that if a flywheel comes loose it will stop when it wants, nothing I can do would stop it.
Conversely, my model railway would cost six times this sum - with the same liability! Anyone been seriously injured by a 3mm model railway before? I thought not!
Anyway I am grateful for our hosts for several years as a meeting place and once as an exhibition hall but will be sad as we close the doors for the last time.
Anyone have a meeting room at small cost in the South East Dorset area? If you do then let me know- Rant Over.

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