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Last updated 10 February, 2015

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As a young electrical engineering apprentice in the early 60s I had occasion to visit the North Devon Clay Company site. The extent of the narrow gauge railway and the locos that operated there left a lasting impression. Some 20 years later, having moved into the ceramics industry, I discovered Michael Messenger's Book 'North Devon Clay' and desired to model the locos so well recorded there. It is not until now in my retirement that I have had the spare time to commit to the project. Returning to railway modelling after 40 years has involved quite a lot of research into newly available methods, materials and components particularly in the 00n3 and 009 scales I needed to work in. This site will record my progress and methods as I proceed.

Some of the steam locomotives of NDCC, being required to run over extensive wooden viaducts engineered by J B Fell, were purpose built with a long wheel base so this meant building my own chassis. These locomotives were quite diminutive in size posing a problem motor wise and most of my work to date has centred around experimenting with the various options.

Avonside 0-6-0 ST was the first model I completed and such is the interest that this is now undergoing modifications with a view to offering it as a kit.

'Peter' the little Stephen Lewin is curently under development and this time I am building with possible kit in mind.

A non NDCC diesel the Ruston LB has also been built in 009 for the 2ft gauge version along with a re-gauged 3ft version for 00n3

Such has been the interest in my chassis concept that much of my time is being spent developing specials such as a chassis and kit for Velinheli.

3D printing at home is now a reality and I have spent considerable time exploring the potential for modelling in the smaller scales. Hopefully this will become a useful guide to those considering employing this latest technology.

- will I actually ever get to completing my own layout?

You can follow the progress via the links on the left.

Last updated 10 February, 2015