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Ennitoun – Update – 5th September 2020 – Future Plans

Future Plans

5th of  September 2020 – The Managing Director (That’s me folks) made the decision, at considerable pain (akin to migraine) that it was time to move on.  However, as he was the last Director he was told he was staying.  On hearing that news he promptly announced that no further building of tracks would be undertaken or commenced. A new programme of improvements was to be put in place.

  1. The conversion of the last 9 non-DCC ready and 16 DCC ready locomotives would be completed before Christmas 2020.
  2. A new project would commence in Spring 2021 with the remaining 16 DC locomotives providing the motive power.  Further details will be announced in January 2021.
  3. The offer from a ballasting expert to undertake the ballasting of the “Ennitoun” tracks has been grasped with a two hands – there is no getting away with it Frank.  We have dispensed with the last clown who really mucked up the ballasting – (that was me folks).
  4. Prior to the Ballasting,  work will commence in powering the many points/turnouts on the layout – expert advice is currently being sought or some-one to undertake the task out of pity or for a small libation..
  5. Sourcing of material for the building of bespoke station platforms has been undertaken.
  6. Questions were raised concerning the time period of the layout.  At present we can run LMS/LNER locomotives from 1923-1948 – BR from 948 – 1966.  Apart from  3 car DMU the remaining locomotives are steam outline, though consideration is being given to obtaining Diesels such as Type 37, 47 & 55. plus others up to 1971.

Motive Power (as at 5th September 2020

Not counting the Class 110 DMU there are 48 steam outline locomotives available to be run on Ennitoun’s tracks, breakdown as follows:


  • 8 Duchess/Princess Coronations – which includes the oldest model in our collection Hornby R685 LMS 6220 “Coronation” Blue/Silver (Circa 984/85) recently converted to DCC with a motor upgrade  by Horns & Whistle Workshops  as may be seen on video below:
  • 2 Princess Royals
  • 1 Black Five


  • 2 A4 Mallard, Golden Shuttle
  • 1 B17 Manchester United
  • 1 A1 Flying Scotsman


  • 10 Duchess/Princess Coronations
  • 4 Princess Royals
  • 2 Britannia
  • 3 Jubilee
  • 1 Patriot (Baby Scot)
  • 1 Royal Scot
  • 1 BR Standard 8
  • 1 A1
  • 1 A3
  • 2 Black Five
  • 1 Ivatt 4
  • 1 J36
  • 1 J38
  • 1 Jinty
  • 1 K3
  • 2 Stanier Moguls

Things still to be done – build station platforms to meet new width and track lengths, ballast track beds, enhance scenery

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Ennitoun – Update – 8th August 2020 – Ennitoun Reborn

Ennitoun  Reborn

8th August 2020 – After 3 weeks of dithering, snags and problem solving except for one problem I can honestly state that Ennitoun’s tracks have been screwed to the baseboards and the layout finalised sans the “Bridge the Gap” track.  I’ve decided to accept the fact that in its current configuration it is not viable to have a continuous track/loop.  However all was not lost as we did accomplish several things and sorted out several problems:

Baseboards were levelled, joins were smoothed so track was not bouncing  or jig-sawing.  Hornby points were replaced by Peco points, there is a slight difference in them but one that proved beneficial to running DCC engines with the smaller wheelbase  i.e. 0-6-0 and some 4-6-0.  As well as the station have a more simplified approach, which by the way allowed the addition of two platforms.  This in turn has given more operational options.  The curves have been sorted as has the fiddle yard.  The fiddle yard now hold 6 trains which is ideal with the station having 6 platforms.  No major changes to the shed layout – tracks have been fixed to the board there as well.  At present the layout has been set up with BR liveried locomotives (all steam outline).  I can set up running sessions under LMS, LNER, and for one engine North British – or SRPS (Scottish Railway Preservation Society).  Not all engines have sound chips, but all are DCC (Digital Command Control).  On one of the FB groups I joined the following questions was raised – “DCC sound, it’s nice and all but is it just a tad unnecessary? Do manufacturers take advantage of this by adding it to locos to bump up prices?  I get the impression that to some people Sound is not for them.  I went to DCC as I wanted the sound of steam – it added to my enjoyment.  However, I will admit that have  or more engines sitting in the station and all with sound on can be annoying.  I know I do not like it when I am a model railway exhibition – were some sound is extreme.  The good thing is sound can be turned off.   The track is actually screwed to boards, I opted to use track screws instead of pins it is easier to get screws out without damaging the track.

Since I undertook the DCC route I have learnt the following:

  1. DCC can be expensive whilst you can run a DCC fitted engine on a DC (analogue) system you can’t do the same with a non-DCC loco on DCC track..
  2. Use Peco points in preference to Hornby – it is all to do with the isolation gap on the frogs of the points.
  3. Decoders can do the task – but some engines need a little boost – like having a stay-alive capacitor fitted.  Most those of the smaller wheel case configuration, or older models which have coarser wheel flanges.  Modern track is set to to the finer scaled wheels of modern models. Older models having larger wheel width and larger rims can short out as they cross the frog – this short cut power.  A stay-alive capacitor retains enough charge so the model carries on and the system does not record a short.
  4. Avoid a large group of points/turnouts.  Keep it simple.

I have shot a small video showing the new layout, it is approximately 8 minutes long – You will notice I refer to the City of Sheffield as the City of Liverpool (which was on the station track – platform 1).  There are no train movements just a look around the revised layout.  I will get some movement shots when I get a bit more competent in videoing and operating the train.

Things still to be done – build station platforms to meet new width and track lengths.

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Ennitoun – Update – 31st July 2020 – Ennitoun Testing of Finalised Layout

Ennitoun  Mark 2 – Testing of Final Revision


31st July 2020  A landmark decision was made – to pin the station & engine shed tracks and secure to boards.. However a minor change had to be made to allow the Factory on board 3 to have its private sidings restored.  On this occasion I decided not use the traditional method of pinning the tracks, especially after the hassle and track damaged on attempting to remove the pins.  I opted to use track screws 8 mm in depth and was very pleasantly surprised at the ease and time it took to cover the shed head shunt and platforms 1 to 5 and main lines up to start of board 3.  Platform 6’s track is awaiting final fixing as the track may be lifted when the “Bridging the Gap” board is put in place.

Prior to the track fixing a lost of testing was covered this week.  80% of the engines were giving a trial and any teaks needed to ensure smooth running were made.  In response to a comment made with respect to when can you see a video?  My answer is now.  I shot a short video for you. A lengthy one regarding time shooting and editing for me 🙂

Please forgive some shakiness and some bad editing/splicing (need when I dropped the video camera.  I really missed Susan more than usual as she was the video expert though I did help with editing.  So without further ado I present The Video of a small running session used to test power, track alignment etc.