Monday, 6 December 2010

Brewery Project Approved by the Cat!

As a brief diversion from my Mendip Colliery project, and because I have a spare freshly made 4ft x 2ft baseboard kicking about as well as a keen magazine editor hungry for stuff like this, I've decided to do a quickie in the form of a brewery based around the excellent Bachmann Scenecraft Oak Hill Brewery buildings.

Interestingly enough, the Oakhill Brewery did really exist, and in the early part of the 20th century was served by a 2ft 6 inch gauge railway from the standard gauge S&DJR at nearby Binegar. Sadly the brewery closed its doors for good in 2004 when its owner retired. The real buildings have however since been converted into private dwellings.

My project will be standard gauge, and whilst I have yet to design a trackplan, it's likely to be a simple run-around loop with a couple of sidings coming off it to allow a little shunting with smaller locomotives like a Pug and the forthcoming Model Rail/Dapol Sentinel

Why the cat? Well she (Fleur) made a pretty picture I'm sure you'll agree, and obviously she approves of the baseboard and buildings dotted about on this fledgeling project.

Mock up of possible brewery layout, with all trains entering and leaving via a tight alleyway between the brewery buildings.

A sneak preview of the Model Rail/Dapol sentinels. See George Dent's BLOG for more photos


  1. Looks like it will be very pleasant layout Chris, looking forward to future progress. Thats a gorgeous kitty and her colouration is very attractive and unusual.

    Cheers Gene

  2. Thanks, it's just going to be a quickie and hopefully taking just a few weeks using as many short cuts as possible. I'm going to try out some of the new Tillig track with slightly flexible points as well - the tie bars and switch blades look alot nicer than Peco.

  3. That is a good looking cat but you must admit she has the look that says - I do what I want!

    Really impressed with your stuff - just shows that Model Rail is not a bunch of bodging anoraks (smelly or not).

    Kind Regards



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