A 009 narrow gauge model railway of Rhyd Ddu. The project was born in late 2005. This blog describes the planning, woodwork, track laying, wiring, DCC, scenery, locomotive and rolling stock. The layout is an impression of the Welsh Highland Railway (WHR) Rhyd Ddu station and Tro Ffridd reverse curves. 009 is 4mm scale (OO) narrow gauge using N gauge track. This site is now closed, my new site is at This blog is now closed to new posts, please visit my new site at narrowgaugemodels.com
Purchased on ebay late last night is this Paul Windle scratchbuilt model of Gelert, running on the WHHR. This is a special engine for me as I have driven it(!) and thus although it looks very unlikely that Gelert would ever make it to Rhyd Ddu, I don't mind running it behind my models of the buffet car, 25 and the ex Vale of Rheidol van.
It's built on a Bachmann 0-6-0 chassis, modified to an outside framed 0-4-2. The plastic has discoloured a little, as it has been left unpainted for a couple of years, but this should be no problem. One other benefit for me is that the livery is very simple - very dark blue, no lining and matt black smokebox. easy!
Image of the real thing (thanks to flikr) are below: