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A small 009 adventure

[GVT] A trainride up the “Gwyrrd Valley”

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 18 February 2021 with 6 Comments

[GVT] – Final touches on the 009 layout

Posted by Gerd on Saturday, 13 February 2021 with 3 Comments

Hi folks,

today I’ll share the last part of my little 009-layout-rebuilt.

A typical small detail on a Welsh or British little narrow gauge line would be sheeps. So I was looking for some fences to make a small section of a sheep meadow along tht edge of the layout, when I remembered our trip to Ireland some years ago. There we often saw rock walls instead of classic wood fences. But how to make such walls in model scale? The solution was pretty simple and came by accident. I ordered some cork ballast, which turned out to be way to coarse as to be used for track ballast. But what if….

I took a piece of plastic sheet and pressed a thick line of hotglue on top. Once covered in cork ballast, I kneaded the cork into the glue, whipped of the loose parts and formed a rock wall as long as the hotglue wasn’t to cold. This looked very promissing. I spend a quick paint with grey acrylic, followed by a white drybrush. The core of hot glue and cork pieces on top is flexible and can be bend to any shape. It can be cut with a knife very easy too. I added them to the layout with some more hotglue and added some green here and there to overgrow the walls.

Finally, the platform got a fence to the track behind, some benches and figures added. Once the lase scene was complete, the layout got called done and the railroad could start service to “Dropstone”.

Cheers, Gerd

[GVT] – Cottage and team track scenerey

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 8 February 2021 (Comments Closed)

Hello folks, today I show you the cottage I made from a Dapol kit. Beside the new house, I added a small loading dock to the team track for milk churns and other goods. I also placed a typical phone booth and letter box to underline the british flair. Some people are arranged in little […]

[GVT] – The coal dealer

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 3 February 2021 with 2 Comments

Good morning, at the end of the freight track, a coal dealer has raised his office shack and started business. The shack came with the same kit as the station building, made by Dapol. The coal bin is scratchbuilt from wood. In between, I made a plattform for the passengers. It’s made from cork to […]

[GVT] New station building at “Dropstone”

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 29 January 2021 with 1 Comment

Hi folks, I added a new station building to Dropstone on my little 009 layout. Original, this is a “Coal Office” kit made by Dapol, but size and style fits well for a small station shelter as used on the Glyn Valley Tramway. So this one now serves my Gwyrdd Valley Tramway. All signs were […]

[GVT] Small transmitter & RC-conversion

Posted by Gerd on Wednesday, 20 January 2021 with 1 Comment

Hello, first I used my existing Deltang transmitters from my garden railroad trains to control the tiny 009 locos. But soon I had the idea to make a small handheld transmitter especially for the small locos. Since I couldn’t find a small housing, I made my own from beech wood. Both blocks were milled to […]

[GVT] Kerr-Stuart loco – part 3

Posted by Gerd on Friday, 15 January 2021 with 1 Comment

Hi folks, it’s time to show the third part of the Kerr-Stuart loco. Today’s post shows the cab and changes I did. Since the die cast cab adds a lot of weight to the back of the loco, I had issues to keep the overall balance. I added lead pieces to the side tanks. The […]

[GVT] Kerr-Stuart loco – part 2

Posted by Gerd on Saturday, 9 January 2021 with 2 Comments

Hello again and let’s continue with part 2. The kit provided by Five79 is designed to fit a N-scale chassis. To make room for the motor, the boiler is missing the lower portion. Since the motor on the Minitrains-chassis will be located in the cab, I made a new full-size boiler from brass. I milled […]

[GVT] A new 009 loco

Posted by Gerd on Thursday, 7 January 2021 with 3 Comments

Hi folks, six years ago, I got the chance to buy a rare Brian Caton live steam loco in 009-scale. I once saw his great little engines in action more than 20 years ago on a convention, but I was never able to get one. Since than, my little “Jupiter” was running solo either on […]

Happy new year, happy new project ;-)

Posted by Gerd on Monday, 4 January 2021 with 1 Comment

Hello my friends, I hope you had a good start into 2021. I wish you all the best and especially health!! Those who are also following me on youtube might have seen the video below already. In the upcomming weeks, I’ll share more details about the new little loco and it’s features. I’ll also spend […]