Category Archives: Jon’s layout ramblings

‘OO9’ – Jon’s old trains #5

Turning out a few more boxes, and found some early, probably teenage, modelling.  My two favourite railway books at that time were these….. Don Boreham’s book is a classic.  Instructions in how to scratchbuild all that was needed for a … Continue reading

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A Minories of my own – 8 – mainly shopping

Cut the holes in the end of the shadowbox for the tracks to enter/exit.  I can think about building the other boards now, I guess.  I also need to think about legs or trestles for the layout, but that might … Continue reading

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A Minories of my own – 7 – and the first board built

Over the last few days, lockdown has enabled me to carry on working on the layout.  Having marked up and cut out a lot of plywood, I ended up with a kit of parts for the main board.  Looks a … Continue reading

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A Minories of my own – 6 – under way

A little progress.  I looked at the scenery again, and where the road bridges might get in the way of the point motors.  So I changed the scenery a little.  It will probably change again when I mark things out … Continue reading

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A Minories of my own – 5 – a few tweaks?

As you realise, not much (if any) progress with the Minories over Christmas.  For the last few days, I blame Amazon Prime, with loads of live football to watch. But, gentle reader, you may recall a design something like the … Continue reading

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A Minories of my own – 4 – all contributions gratefully received

I have a sheet of plywood sitting on the lounge floor, to mark out the layout trackwork.  But it won’t get done tonight!  However, some helpful advice has been received! Phil wrote….. Hi, Jon! Have you seen Jago Hazzard’s channel … Continue reading

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A Minories of my own – 3 – location, location, location

I’m still working on the baseboard design for the layout.  I’m minded to wait until the FineTrax points arrive in the post, so that I can check that the published templates match the real thing.  The problem with a layout … Continue reading

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A Minories of my own – 2 – underneath the arches

Moving forward, I need to select the height of the arches under my Minories.  An obvious place to start is the South London prototype.  We could also move out to Liverpool or Fenchurch Street to the east of London for … Continue reading

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A Minories of my own – 1 – planning

It’s time to move on from my (occasional) Covid-19 diary, to something new.  As you, gentle reader, may well realise, I have spent the last couple of months trying to work out a layout that I actually like.  This is … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #31

Not much modelling progress, but pre-lockdown I did raid Champions in Dorking and came back with a stock of 6mm plywood.  The wood is all flat – the photo makes it look twisted. I’ve been looking at the mysterious boxes … Continue reading

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