‘First’ is a small country station on a fictional narrow gauge line in the Cotswolds, in the early 1930s. The main goods traffic is livestock, wool, limestone and beer from the local brewery.
There is a good passenger service. Surprisingly, the locals still find it convenient to travel in slow carriages with hard seats.
‘First’ is just that, my first ever layout. I wanted to build a small layout to try out every aspect of the hobby: building baseboards, laying track, electrics, creating scenery and making stock. I must admit I didn’t have a plan when I started and the layout has just evolved. It has been a lot of fun and I’ve learned a lot… but I definitely wouldn’t build another layout without a plan!
‘First’ is built in OO9, which is OO scale (4mm to the foot, 1:76) on track that is 9mm gauge (N gauge). As you can see, it is possible to build very compact layouts in OO9.
In 2018 ‘First’ will be appearing at:
- Narrow Gauge South on 7th April at Barton Peveril College, Eastleigh, nr Southampton.
- Beds & Bucks Narrow Gauge Modellers Open Day on 13th May at Barton le Clay, Bedfordshire
- Oxfordshire Narrow Gauge Modellers Open Day on 23rd June at Seventon Village Hall, Oxfordshire
I’d love to take ‘First’ to more narrow gauge exhibitions, so if you are looking for a small layout to fill a corner at your narrow gauge event please contact me.