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

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Is it all worth it?

 As the exhibition scene is currently in full swing, something caught my eye the other day.
Whilst perusing my usual morning visit to various e-groups and favourite sites a posting on Model Railway Express set me thinking.
Phil Parker, a long term aquaintance has announced, in print no less, that he is to give up the exhibition circuit. His perogative of course, but it did make me think, reading his reasons, why I continue to brave foul weather, the great unwashed, getting up at ungodly hours and driving, sometimes great ,distance to basically play trains.
 I converted to 3mm scale for basically one reason- so my layouts would differ from those that had been freshly emptied from the box. Don't get me wrong, each to his own, but many layouts do have a sameness about them recently.
Add to this the constant whinging why ths loco, coach or even number is not available and you see where I am going.
It takes but a few pounds and as many minutes to change an items identity. Buildings are cheaply made- see mine- you can have any building you want, no plans?, then make your own interpretation from a photo. If you can't find a plan then there is a good chance no one else will- I love the 'experts' who basically criticise but have no practical solution themselves.
So, why do it? A few photos today I hope illustrate my point. If someone with my limited skills can belong to a society where help is available in boundless measures then it seems churlish not to take it up.
Hennock has appeared in two mags- Railway Modeller even had to sleuth me out and I have the best set of photos of my creation that I could ever hope for.
Lastly the satisfaction that enough people thought weel of my layout that they gave me a great big cup- Worth It? I rest my case.
If you have any reasons or opinions on this hobby of ours then please let me know- reasoned discussion on your thoughts or disagreements with mine are always greatfully recieved.
Bournemouth Model Railway Exhibition starts today!

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