Boot ~ The Owd Ratty in 009
For a while I've been thinking it's about time I built a layout for my growing collection of locos and stock. The idea I'm currently favoring for a layout is a fictionalised version of the orignal terminus for the Ravenglass & Eskdale railway, Boot. The original railway was built to 3 foot gauge but for my idea the railway would have been built to 2 foot gauge, and would not have closed and been re-gauged to 15inch. The layout would be set from around the 1920's on wards, with the mines at Boot proving far more successful then they did in reality.
The site of the now overgrown platform and trackbed at Boot. The course of the line from Boot is now a footpath which stretches all the way down the branch to Beckfoot station, on the present day 15inch Ratty.
A fantastic model of Boot on display in the Museum at Ravenglass. Hopefully I can do this model justice!
The model also shows the incline up to the mines at Boot. Due to the limited space I have, I won't be modelling the incline.
The buildings from the above model as they stand today.
Small sections of 3 foot track have been placed at points along the branch. And one of the old bridges has been rebuilt with 3 foot gauge track in it's deck.
A model of Devon, one of two 0-6-0 Manning Wardles built for the line. The model is on display in the fantastic museum at Ravenglass. I had originally planned to make a scaled down version of one of these for the layout. But for my own fictional version of History I have decided that Fletcher Jennings built the lines two loco's. For these I will be using a Gem Dolgoch kit on an 0-6-0 chassis. I may add large side tanks to make it look a bit more like Devon, but at present I'm not sure.
As for coaching stock, I will most likely be using Talyllyn 4 wheel coaches as I think they'd suit the era and feel of the layout. But I suspect some kit bashing and scratch building will be needed at some point!
More on this as time and money allow.