“Hi Alastair, and all readers.
Today I have for you both an update on what I am doing and a request for advice from your readers.
Over the past couple of months I have been starting a Narrow Gauge 009 layout called Foyers Falls. Today i finally had the track powered and the first run of my locos.
Before anyone says anything, I have already fixed the track jumps and bumps.
Foyers is a small town on the coast of Loch Ness that at one time had a small narrow gauge line to supply a local hydro plant and attached Aluminium Foundry.
It ran down to the small pier to gather bauxite and deliver processed ingots.
Eventually the foundry was closed and the power station upgraded to supply the local town.
While the foundry was open, a small Andrew Barclay was used to run the line. “The Fair Maid of Foyers” is in a museum today.
After the closure and for the upgrade of the power plant they used a Runston Hornsby diesel
The original line was a simple 1 mile stretch with a spur to the pier. I prefer circle run layouts so I added a great deal of artistic licence. Here is my track plan.
On this the “Goods Shed” will be the Foundry, with the power station on the far lower left.
Here is the track all laid out. there has been some editing.
Next is the control box. My father in law, an electrician and train enthusiast built this for me.
Today it was all running.
Now, to the questions I have for the group.
I tried very hard to source either a working model of the Andrew Barclay Fair Maid, even commissioned a local man to scratch build, all to no avail.
Finally I have this minitrains Kraus loco which I will somewhat edit to make into the Fair Maid.
There are already limitations on how close I can get it, so true prototypicality is beyond achievement. Also, the carriages I have are also German.
I want to know, beyond a fresh coat of paint any suggestions your audience may have to make these things more British.
I have already cut the smoke stack, removed the steam reservoir and bought a green paint.
I was considering extending the side tanks to match the original, but the loco has such wonderful detail on the side of the boiler, it would be a shame to hide it.
I will be going for an extremely weathered look.
Anyway. I hope this has been interesting and that there are some good suggestions and feedback coming.
Can anyone help Grant? Please do post a comment below if you can.
Talking of which, thanks for all your comments and emails on John’s wall ‘how to’ – he really was chuffed with the response, so please do leave a comment if you enjoyed the video, and hopefully he’ll do another one for us all.
That’s all this time folks. Please do keep ’em coming.
And if you’re looking for the Beginner’s Guide, it’s here.