Anyone looking for an interesting and pleasing hobby?
Let me introduce you to “Simon’s Shed” a video channel on You Tube.
In my article I will pick some of the many videos Simon has uploaded to his channel covering British model railways and layouts since starting in 2013. And it’s all just about this topic, isn’t it … 😉
Simon who is Simon Betts from Wolverley near Kidderminster as a real person works as a software developer for Apple and Android mobile devices for a company called Exploding Phones near Birmingham (UK).
Simon’s Shed Channel Trailers
To get you started – it’s time for a running session at Simon’s lovely small model railway layout “Bodenham Woods“:
Enjoyed it, want more? So let’s carry on with another “Bodenham Woods” running session.
Curious to find out what all this is about?
First things first! Or why did Simon choose such a “small” size model railway. Let Simon explain.
Next is Simon’s article on his review about his very first N gauge train set “The Merseyside Express” by Graham Farish.
Simon’s thoughts about his hobby:
Simon Says “railway modelling mojo?”
Simon Says “your model railway…who knows?” (accompanied by Tilly the Cat)
Next is Simon’s video review about the Roco z21 Digital Model Railway Controler. The Roco Z21 system can even be used to comfortably control railway model layouts by Apple iPhones, iPads and Android devices using a Wifi connection.
I found Simon’s video on YouTube while looking for info on this device as I am interested in buying one. And this informative video was the first one I watched followed by many more on Simon’s brilliant channel!
And here is another video with a few tips and tricks i.e. on how to update the Roco z21 system’s firmware using an Android device or how to backup/restore your z21 system or maybe you want to find out how much current your devices use …
For anyone interested in small steam engines like the LMS Fowler Class 3F locomotive widely known as the “Jinty” Simon has made – amongst many other reviews – this excellent video about this lovely little loco made in “N” gauge by Graham Farish.
Also great videos are Simon’s reviews of the Ivatt 2MT by Graham Farish and second on the B1 Class in LNER green by Dapol.
And finally there is the A1 Tornado 60163 by Graham Farish review.
Even sound can be added to these tiny models today turning the Ivatt 2MT into a real little “Mickey Mouse”.
Building „Bodenham Woods“
For those interested in how Simon managed to create his first layout step by step there is a playlist covering this topic.
Peco N Gauge Finetrack 55 is used to build the rails with a minimum R2 radius for the curves.
Peco‘s support site is giving out excellent information on their products as shown in their track plan examples .
Driven by his success Simon is currently working on his next project which may take him a while. So he says … Check out his playlist for the new layout “Shed Valley Railway”.
As for myself I have now (October 2017) got a few of the locos mentioned above but still missing the Graham Fahrish DCC
train set “Country side Coal” because it is currently out of production. However there is still a short entertaining video on YouTube by YouTuber “111Polarbear”.
Unfortunately but understandable this train set is out of stock in the shops so short before Christmas.
Just to give an idea on what is possible in N gauge today Simon did a review on a model that comes factory fitted with sound. A few years ago this would have been considered impossible to achieve.
Right, I better close now. But not before I will have mentioned a some of the most beautiful videos on YouTube other than on Simon’s Shed.
N gauge layout Blea Moor
Rorgyle – a small N Gauge layout
‘Ashburton‘ – N Gauge Model Railway Layout
N Gauge Model Railway – Somewhere in England