The new water tank and loco filling apparatus are now in place on my Maudetown Colliery layout, serving the small loco servicing spur on the outside of the NCB installation. I’ve been planning the extension baseboard, with measured drawings underway and a shopping list has been drafted for track, points and scenic items.
A chat with the guys from Ten Commandments at the Warley show has led to an offer of more of their low-relief brick industrial buildings, including some new additions to the range, which will be exciting. I should be picking those up at the Glasgow show in February, so that’ll give me time to get the baseboard built. The wagon fleet has also swelled considerably since the first baseboard was completed in 2009 and I’ve a few NCB-branded road vehicles complete too (see earlier posts).
As Maudetown Colliery is set atop a hill in a location similar to the South Wales Valleys, there had to be a way of ensuring a good, clean water supply for the motive power. So, I've repainted a couple of rectangular tank wagons to be NCB water carriers. Inspired by the Cromford & High Peak Rly, I'm also looking through my junk boxes for a spare loco tender to treat similarly... it's all fictional but it's good fun!
However, the layout’s namesake – Maude the cat –sadly passed away last week, so the layout has taken on a somewhat sorrow-tinged status. It was, after all, one of her favourite places to snooze when we were working together in the shed. In fact, so many of my everyday tasks are much duller without her, as she was involved in so many of my projects, whether I liked it or not!
But, Little Maudie lives on in my memories and in the form of a model railway that is set to grow, perhaps even further than I’d ever envisaged...
... and she was a dab hand at pressing the self-timer button on my camera. What will I do without her expertise?