La sablière

Introducing the new layout of François Gilbert and me Matthieu Jacquemart. Naturally, it’s an O14 layout! It is loosely based on the sablières of Nemours.

The layout is divided into three modules of 100x40cm. Total size is 360x140cm with slide.

Its construction was described in the french review voie libre 63-64-65-66. It was presented for the first time in expometrique / RAMMA in Sedan.

The billard T75 is a model made by Bernard Junk.

Pershings are made spécially for us by David from Truckteur models.



Remember, one of my first post talk you about “A small track side workshop”.


The diorama during Expometrique, on 2009 at Richelieu!

After a while, it seemed interesting to make this diorama functional and include it in a larger layout. The theme, not a real one, is a slate quarry in Belgium. The layout will consist of five modules corresponding to five different scenes. Here is the drawing for the project:


My first steps is to build the two modules adjacent to the workshop, named ‘Carriere’ and ‘Bureaux’, in order to get a running layout. And the two last module will be defined in a near future.

Here are the current status of the first three modules, as shown during ‘Expometrique’ at Sedan, this year.

La carriere: this module tries to model a small quarry with a tunnel leading to an underground working (for the return track). I hope to model some working scene with a wooden crane.

The first work with part of the track bed.


A study for slate placement… Some real slates, yesss. And than, the quarry in place.


Les bureaux: The second new module with the other end of the return track. I wanted to model a building with the office and the quarry’s owner house, made with some local techniques. So, slate wall with brick around the windows and door, like in this slate quarry’s house in the Ardennen, Belgium.


And my work to model it:


The first steps, some test for building placement.


The first wall in slates, Difficult to imagine what will be the result at this moment, but that’s the fun!


The complete building, not yet engraved!


And with a near completed engraving process, with windows and door.


At this stage, there is some works to do, but the module is running and viewable.

During the last weeks before Expometrique, with the old module “the small track side workshop” in the center:



The LKM Ns-2 is a Trukteur model

From the quarry:


The complete layout during Expometrique,at Sedan


A Hunslet for the NVT

The Nantlle Vale Tramway (Dyffryn Nantlle Tramffordd) was a 2 foot gauge tramway extending east from Tal-y-sarn to Drws-y-coed, and was built between 1923 and 1924 to replace the old 3 foot gauge Nantlle Railway that had ran as far as Nantlle to meet the Slate Quarries. The new line extended further east to meet the productive mineral mines, with their new lodes, as well as the existing slate quarries.

In 1924 the NVT ordered a large loco from Hunslet to a design similar to Leeds No 1 of 1904 and Russell of 1906, a pair of powerful 0-6-2 (2-6-2) Side tank with outside valve gear, but to suit their own requirements for the new line. She was Hunslet no 2607, and was built to the 0-6-2 side tank arrangements, incorporating a longer driving wheelbase, and one or two other modern improvements. She was named Victoria

Or that’s the history of the “Real” one…. the model one came about when I came across a Roy C Link drawing of Russell in the WHR (64) book of the same title, and idly offered a Bachmann 08 chassis up to it. It wasn’t spot on but it was close enough, however it was missing one vital aspect… outside valve gear. A flick through the Hornby catalogue alongside a pile of FJ Roche 4mm scale drawings revealed that the cylinders and valve gear from a Fowler 4P where close enough for my needs. So along with a bit of time, a pile of various plasticard, micro strip and brass, I had all the ingredients to create a Hunslet for the NVT. Another problem with the 08 chassis is that it is 16.5mm gauge… well I simply swapped the wheel-sets for a trio of Alan Gibson jobbies with new cranks, and set the back to back as 12.5, which didn’t need may modifications to the block at all, and there was 14mm gauge. A bit of experimentation with brass for the first time for me, lead to a boiler, trailing bogie and steps that where robust enough for once! A simple multiple layered plasticard fabricated body, with various cast and scratchbuilt details, finished off with a pressfix lined satin black paintjob, and custom nameplates from Narrow Planet and she was done.

Welsh Slate Wagons

I am making up some wagons to go behind my Quarry Hunslet for a ‘Dinorwic’ corner of my layout. Thought the group may be interested. Two are finished and another 4 types are in the pipeline. I have attached photos of the slab wagon and the waste wagon also a photo of the first run of the waste wagon and the chassis for the other 4 types. Trevor at Mercian is supposed to be doing a 4 part casting for the sides of the slate wagon to fit this chassis.

Now I have found KBscale’s double flanged wheel they look better. Originally I was building them for 16.5 but now have changed to 14mm gauge. I will have some etches left after I have built a loaded and unloaded rake of each type if any one is interested.