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Halstead is a fictitious O Gauge micro layout which I built a few years ago.  It appeared at a number of exhibitions including one in France.  The following narrative was written some time ago but gives a good description of the layout.  I sold Halstead about two years ago when I decided to move back to OO Gauge.  And now, for your enjoyment, I give you Halstead...

The two baseboards are each 2ft 6 ins long by 1 foot wide and are the usual 2 by 1 softwood with chipboard surface.  These are bolted together and rest on a sub-frame, the whole lot being supported on two trestles made from what passes as 2 by 1 in these days of metrification.  I made the baseboards some years ago for a long forgotten project and have carted them along during various house moves.  Having re-discovered them in the loft some years ago and in a rare moment of complete insanity, I wondered if they might form the basis of a new ‘O Gauge’ layout.

 



Any ‘O Gauge’ modeller of sound mind would have instantly dismissed the idea as laughable, but I was sure that some sort of track plan could be achieved in such a small space.  After perusing various books, especially the two booklets entitled ‘Small Layouts’ published by the Gauge O Guild, and after trying  different permutations I arrived at the final track plan.  This consists of a platform with two roads, one being a short bay.  Both platform roads lead under the bridge directly to the fiddle yard which consists of a single-road traverser which is made from aluminium and overhangs the end of the layout by about eight inches.  The turnout is situated on the main platform road and leads under a bridge to another platform with a cattle dock and goods shed.   There is an isolating section to hold one locomotive at the end of each road.



The layout depicts a small rural terminus on a fictitious independent light railway.    All buildings and structures are made from styrene sheet.  The station building is based on the corrugated iron structures used on the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, although mine represents a wooden building and provides a passenger shelter and an office.  No toilet facilities for the weak-bladdered on my railway!    The small covered ground-frame is a figment of my imagination as are the good shed, cattle dock, water tower and bridge. I decided that the latter would not carry the usual roadway and thought that a horse-drawn tramway would be unusual.  This consists of a stationary horse attached to a wagon with a handler in attendance.

 


 

 
The track is made by Peco and was laid directly onto the baseboard, every sleeper gap being in-filled with thick card to bring the ballast up level with the tops of the sleepers.  I used ‘N Gauge’ ballast to give the impression of ash or something similar.   The turnout is made from Peco and C&L parts and is built to a ridiculously sharp curve.  I had to pin it down to prevent the curved rails from straightening themselves!   Power is provided by an H&M Safety Minor feeding a kit built controller built many years ago for some unfinished 4mm project.  This runs 7mm Mashima motors quite adequately.  The controller sits on the front of the layout, as do various electrical connections between the baseboards.  I feel inclined here to say that this was planned in order that the layout could be operated from the front where I could engage in interesting conversation with the public, blah, blah, blah...    the truth being that when I had the baseboards stood on their sides I drilled various holes only to find that I had put them on the front instead of the back.  Silly person!

 



There is a double starter signal just beyond the end of the platform and this was scratchbuilt from brass with cut-down etched brass arms.  The signal and turnout are operated by brass rods beneath the baseboard which protrude through the front of the layout.  The three buffer stops are kits made by Peco from what appears to be polythene.  They were a real pain to make as nothing on Earth seems to stick them together.  The lamps on top were replaced and fitted with red ‘brilliants’ which catch the light and appear to glow.




The station name board was made from styrene with computer generated name and background.  The station picket fencing was also made from styrene.  The lamps, seats, barrows, cattle, cat and water column are white metal castings as are the figures which are from the Phoenix range. 

On such a narrow board there is not much scope for scenery.  I have added a few patches of greenery using Woodland Scenics’ scatter foam and some ‘puffa’ grass.  Use has also been made of the excellent Scalelink 4mm etched weeds.     


The backscene is 1 ft high hardboard painted with white emulsion with a squirt of blue watercolour paint mixed in to give a ‘sky’ colour.    Freestone Model Accessories provided the printed backscene which was stuck to my pre-painted sky and represents a wooded area with a church spire peeping over the trees to give the impression that the village of Halstead is nearby.




Rolling stock presently consists of one 0-6-0 saddle tank which was made from the now defunct 85A Models kit which was unusual in that it was made from plastic, rather like an Airfix kit, but larger.  This model is a beautiful runner due to the fact that the chassis was factory assembled.    Connoisseur Models budget kit 0-4-0 tank loco is another regular runner.  The rest of the stock consists of a Slater’s GWR four-wheeled coach and about half a dozen items of scratchbuilt wagons.




I have installed some sound modules beneath the layout so we can enjoy mooing cows in the cattle dock and hissing and chuffing trains.  Digital?  Never heard of it!







I hope you have enjoyed my effort to create a miniature world in just 5ft by 1 ft. Watch this space for my other O Gauge layout, Luxted.  Much bigger at 6ft 6ins by 18 ins!

Terry


 


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So much to see and so beautifully done, Terry.  :thumbs

Is that you sitting on the bench?

Must go back now and have another look around.

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Very nicely done and an excellent description.
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Very nice model, Terry. You have packed a great deal of creative modelling into a small space. A few years ago, RMweb ran a 6 square foot competition. Halstead would have fitted the spec easily and would have been a significant contender.

Thank you for sharing with us.

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I like this, just shows we have no excuse regarding space, look forward to seeing Luxted.

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Great stuff Terry. Just what was needed. Some fine modelling and atmosphere there. I just love 7mm.

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Thank you all for your kind comments. Funnily enough, I am having more of a problem squeezing OO Gauge onto a similar sized baseboard.  I think that, after many years of O Gauge modelling, I haven't quite got the measure of OO yet. 

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Wow! Lovely work on the wagons. Did you build the wheelbarrow, too?

However, a minor yet important point, unless you have copied something  very unusual/wrong then your poor old horse would soon be  'trace-worn' [injured by the chains leading back to the wagon] as he is not harnessed with a whipple-tree 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whippletree_%28mechanism%29

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/shunting-horse  .....at minute 0.58 and 1.48 you can see the tree clearly.

The 'tree' prevents Dobbin from getting rubbed by the chains. When I worked part-time at the Devon Shirehorse centre at Yealmpton in the 1970s I made a new tree for 'King', then the Guiness Book of Records holder of the title of the tallest shire-horse in the world. I recycled the swannicks but the centre blacksmith [Tom, an ex-guardsman farrier] made a new draw-hook and swivel and I used ash from a broken set of shafts.

http://www.reiterhof-henninger.de/LD/NationalShireHorseDevon/Yealmpton.htm

Well, Terry, you certainly have taken me back along memory lane, thank you!

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Thanks Doug. Very interesting and informative. The wheelbarrow was made from a whitemetal kit. The wagon being pulled by the horse and the 'Goods Break' van are scratchbuilt from styrene sheet.  The brakevan is built to a North Staffordshire Railway design. All the other wagons and coach are kitbuilt.

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col.stephens wrote: Thanks Doug. Very interesting and informative. The wheelbarrow was made from a whitemetal kit. The wagon being pulled by the horse and the 'Goods Break' van are scratchbuilt from styrene sheet.  The brakevan is built to a North Staffordshire Railway design. All the other wagons and coach are kitbuilt.

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Thank you for the reply, Terry, I'd never have guessed that the barrow was a white-metal kit, your painting has worked perfectly.

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Very informative, Doug.  :thumbs

I must get one of those whippletrees - it might save me from getting kicked in the swannicks.   :shock:

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MaxSouthOz wrote: Very informative, Doug.  :thumbs

I must get one of those whippletrees - it might save me from getting kicked in the swannicks.   :shock:

:lol:

..........just make sure your crupper doesn't rub first!

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ooooooooooow!  My tail hurts just thinking about it.  :oops:

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I am constantly surprised by the breadth of knowledge on here.

... and often by the skill of our members.
Great stuff (again), Terry.

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Thanks Peter.  One of the great things about our hobby is the willingness to share knowledge.  I come across it all the time, at the club, at exhibitions and in the model railway press.  It makes our hobby so enjoyable. 

Terry 

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Really nice Terry, and as someone who enjoys figure painting yours are lovely and so full of character.

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Lovely Terry.  First class modelling! 

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Thank you both.  Very kind.

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A few more pictures from my Halstead archive:


Not quite in focus but shows the barrow hiding around the corner.


This shot shows the single-road sector plate under the bridge.  It was a piece of aluminium bent into a U shape and pivoted at the far end using a small coach bolt.



A closer view of the sector-plate.


A view of the goods shed.


The station cat, or it it a puma, awaits the next train.


General view of the station.


End of the line.  A Peco bufferstop with 'jewelled' lamp.

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More great pictures and I like the way the colours blend in, nothing jars or seems out of place.

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Thank you Bob.

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What a wonderful railway - really inspiring.  I love the horse picture.  I might even try and incorporate something similar in my new 00 layout.

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Thank you Alan, very kind.

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And for my first post on this Forum - that is just wonderful! Makes my (very basic) 5' x 18" 00 positively over-generous in area.

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Thank you Dave.  Have you seen my other layout, Luxted?  Huge at 6'6" by 18" (including fiddle-yard).

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I have now, Terry! Also superb. And both SOLD? Sure I wouldn't have been able to part with them.

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Me neither Dave.

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Unfortunately, it's the old space problem, as well as the fact that I was changing gauge.  Still, there should be something produced in OO sometime this year.  Onwards and upwards!

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Hello Terry, As you can see I found your thread! Fantastic! I would never have imagined an such a successful o gauge layout could be built in such a limited space. I have absolutely no excuses with my N gauge efforts now!

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I really like the lamps on the station, they look very fine indeed. Do they operate? My next question will be how, if they do!

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Thank you Gary, glad you liked it.  Try my other layout, Luxted, which is only slightly larger.  
Bob, those particular lamps are non-working, but working lamps are available in 7mm scale.  DCC Concepts now produce working lamps in 4mm scale(albeit at a price). 

Terry

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As we have so many postings on here now, I've only just got round to looking at this and I'm pleased I did!    Super modelling and I like the Church Steeple positioned in the far corner as it's an excellent way of disguising the backboard corner joint - hope you won't mind if I copy this? :oops:

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Thanks Ken.  The church steeple was cut from one of the Townscene backscenes and mounted on foamboard.  Townscene are available from Freestone Model Accessories:

http://www.freestonemodel.co.uk/page4.htm

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Tis a thing of beauty you have built there Terry.
Makes 0 gauge Micro modelling very appealing.......:thumbs

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Now THAT I like!!

Who said you need a barn to build an A class O Gauge layout?

Well this says everything, quality, skill, atmosphere - bxxxxy marvellous!!

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Any news on Luxted for us Terry?

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Thank you gentlemen, very kind.  Bob, sorry I'm not with you.  Any news on Luxted? 
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Ignore me Terry, not one of my better days. I had forgotten that Luxted was here :

http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=9636&forum_id=21&highlight=luxted

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Hello Terry,

This is wonderful, a brilliant evocation of a light railway, I keep looking at the pics and wondering how you got the spacious look of something that the Colonel always made down to a tight budget in 5ft. I think of the Hundred of Manhood and Selsey Tramway in particular and your pics made me get the book out and have a smile at the pics.

Ehhhhhhh! I must make something similar it'll be out with the drawing board tomorrow.

Thanks for the inspiration.

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Thank you Jim, very kind.

Have you seen this small effort in OO Gauge?

http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=12164&forum_id=21

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Hi There     Long before I thought of another go at oo, or even heard of a plank. I contacted the Gauge O Guild by email and asked if it was possible to build a small O gauge layout on a shelf in a confined space?? I was "Shot Down", and was told you cannot have O gauge in a small space. Now I think that you have proved him wrong                Kevin

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What a fantastic o gauge micro layout I do like these small layouts.

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Thank you Colin. I sold Halstead a few years ago.  Haven't heard of it since. I wonder where it is now?

Terry

 

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Hello Terry,

To say I'm a bit late into this thread is to put it mildly.
I'd seen the link to your GOG post but not this one.
Halstead is one of the reasons I started making micro layouts
And I would like to say thanks a lot.

They are the best layouts for the independent modeller like myself who likes to attend exhibitions.
I can sit in one place to operate it and talk to visitors at the same time.
They are at wheelchair height and I always have a couple of chairs in front.
I used to take a 12footer out and didn't have much time to talk to anyone.
Now I come across the most amazing people with the most wonderful stories about railways both model and full size.

Cheers and thanks again

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Thank you Jim, very kind of you.  I look forward to seeing one of your micro layouts at a show.


Best wishes,


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