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

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

New Year-New Challenges!

 Another year passes and a new one begins- I hope all of the Blog followers had a good Christmas and have a healthy and rewarding New Year.
For me it hasn't been a good year which I won't bore you with, suffice to say this New Year can't be any worse.
So - new year resolutions-
1)  I hope to continue the blog on a much more regular basis although with some 40,000 odd hits this last 12 months would seem that I am doing something right!
2) The flat packs that I have described deserve to be built, I have most of the components for them so there is really no excuse- just the need to find some time.
3) I really need to sort out my assortment of cuttings and drawings accumulated from the modelling press over the last few years, this means separating the Western from the Southern as will become clear later.
4) The Dorset Group needs more input and there are many visits that have been promised but I haven't arranged a coherent agenda for this year- although the dates and hall are all booked.
5)  The couplings on all the stock taken to exhibitions needs checking before the show, something which is very time consuming and I have been a bit lazy about- sorry Nigel and Colin!
Talking about couplings reminds me that I need to perfect a new idea which will mean that uncoupling can take place anywhere on the layout without need for wires or ramps which make adjustment neccessary.
6) Finally- you must wonder what the photos are? Well this is the embryonic East Boldre in 3mm. You may remember me banging on about a previous layout of the same name but in 4mm. I have two four foot boards which are to have 3mm Society track together with some turnouts which have been made by Hugh. I have spent a bit of time threading rail onto the sleepers as can be seen in the photos.
This is a new departure for me and hopefully will improve the look of trackwork on this new layout. Hence the reason for sorting the mags- I need drawings of the Southern , station building, signal box, goods shed et al to portray a part of the New Forest which is dear to me.
I remember the comment about the previous layout of the same name- a lady took some time viewing and then said she knew there was never a station at East Boldre, where she lived, but the trees and landscape were perfect- hopefully I can do this again but in the Premier Scale!

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