Two bits of news:

  1. My father, who’s help on Rhyd Ddu was documented in these pages and the blog that went before it, passed away at Christmas.  I’m taking action and have nearly raised £10,000 for liver research (see below).
  2. I have acquired Plas Halt, a delightful 009 layout. This is especially wonderful as soon I will be part of a team building day at Plas TyB, including a gravity train ride from the station down to Blodge. Plas Halt will be available for exhibiting and will now feature an expanded range of rolling stock using FR stock I have for Rhyd Ddu. Images of the layout are available here:

As you may know my father passed away at Christmas from end stage liver disease. This is an appalling disease, the 5th largest cause of death in the U.K. and as many as 1 in 10 people will have a problem with their liver.

Most people will know of liver disease and immediately connect it with alcohol (and of course that is one cause), but in Dad’s case, like many many others, alcohol was not the cause. Whilst a huge amount of research is done into heart disease, all too little is focused on liver research. I was shocked by this, but was encouraged to read of potential new treatments on the horizon that, if research is funded, could help many thousands of people, even though it is too late for Dad.

So, in June 2017 I will spend 2 weeks walking from one side of England to the other, across 3 national parks, 192 miles and ascending more than 9,000m in total (that’s higher than Everest!).  I’m paying all my travel, accommodation and kit costs myself so every penny of sponsorship goes to charity.

Please visit my JustGiving page at

Big thanks to headline sponsors CH2M who have donated £1,000 as well as SDG, North Star consulting and Bond Dickinson who have each given £500.

The Foundation for Liver Research develops and extends research into diseases of the human liver. For over 30 years the Foundation has supported ground-breaking research programmes into liver disease under the direction of Professor Roger Williams, CBE. This work is carried out within the purpose-built Institute of Hepatology located in central London. The Institute provides laboratory space for up to 40 scientists and is affiliated to Birkbeck College, University of London.

Current areas of research include viral hepatitis, liver cancer, liver inflammation and metabolism, liver cell injury and metabonomic and proteomic studies.

For more information about work supported by the Foundation please watch their video and listen to the scientists talking about their research and how it is helping to tackle liver disease:

Posted in 009

Bear Creek work begins

Work has begun on the On30 layout with the donor layout stripped of figures, trees and critters (mostly to be recycled), structures (for sale) and overhead baseboard structure (to allow better access and to be reinstalled later).

The next stage is to build the feature bridge, an ozsteam kit – see here and work has already begun to prepare drawings etc for this.

Also the micro engineering track and turnouts in stock will be used to determine the exact track plan to be used.

Posted in 7mm

009 and quarrypower update

Apologies for the lack of updates – things have been busy with a certain rail franchise bid!

The main news is that I have built 8 carriages (from worsley kits) for Huw Jones, a staff member at Boston Lodge, general nice bloke and owner of the Traeth Mawr Railway blog here:

These have now been delivered to Huw for painting. In return Huw arranged for me to have a footplate trip on garratts 87 and 138 on the WHR. I took up this offer during Quarrypower and I have uploaded some images of the weekend at flickr (link below). The set also includes some shots from the quarries at Cwmorthin, Llyn y Gadair, Dinorwig and Maenofferen as well as Quarrypower itself. There are about 100 images in this set, but I took over 800!

click here for the Flickr set

Posted in 009, prototype visits

More detail added on plans for On30 layout

See this page:

Posted in On30

Bear Creek Redwood Estates is born

A new section of this site is now live, covering my new On30 project – Bear Creek Redwood Estates…

Click here for an overview of the project



Posted in On30

Bear Creek Redwood Estates in On30

New page added here :


Posted in 009

Sitting pretty

Work has been slow on the 009 front recently due to work commitments, a new baby and setting up this new website, but I have been able to create the interiors for carrs 100 and 102, spray them up with primer and the underframes matt black, so here now is the situation on my workbench – time to paint the seats and tables….


Posted in 009