Moors End (2000-2003)

Reinier Hendriksen

Ding Dong Moor Railway

Moors End is a sleepy little hamlet in Cornwall. Situated on the edge of the vast Ding Dong Moor, Moors End is the terminus of the Ding Dong Moor Light Railway, a narrow gauge line running typically from nowhere to nowhere. A few times daily a short train arrives, drawn by a tiny locomotive. Moors End has a 13th Century church, a few houses, a pub and a garage.

This is the theme portrayed with museum-like precision by the late Reinier Hendriksen. All his buildings were made from good quality card and coloured with water based paint. Reinier used Pendon techniques, applying and colouring each brick and slate by hand. His early locomotives and rolling stock were made from kits, but recently Reinier had started working with sheet brass for his locomotives, and card for his finely detailed rolling stock.

Reinier's photos (1992-1999):  

Reinier was a regular contributor to the 009 News and became well known for his witty articles and excellent drawings. Regrettably we lost him in April 2000, aged only 51. Both in the Dutch Group and in the 009 Society as a whole he is sadly missed as a good friend and respected modeller. In 2000, his friends decided to create the Reinier Hendriksen Trophy, which is awarded every year at Expong.

The Reinier Hendriksen Trophy:    

Reinier's scenery

Reinier was an accomplished structure builder with an excellent eye for detail which he translated directly into model form. The rich colouring is typical: every stone or slate is individually coloured and slightly different from its neighbour. The fragile windows which were usually made by hand give the buildings an outstanding 'scale' look few other modellers can equal. Reinier's materials were card and paper painted with watercolours. The vegetation as represented by Reinier is extremely varied - every tree or bush is different, and he even added large numbers of ferns (by Scale Link) and wild flowers and weeds.

Rolling stock

The rolling stock of the Ding Dong Moor Railway originally was built using kits, but in later years Reinier started working more and more from scratch. The latest locomotives Reinier built were mainly made of brass, such as his small Bagnall inverted saddle tank. All couplings are of the Greenwich type, a near-scale size coupler made of etched brass and steel wire originally developed by the Greenwich & District NGRS. The Greenwich coupler allows magnetic uncoupling, and it was a pleasure seeing Reinier shunt his little trains in Moors End station.

Moors End's final show

Luckily his work is still there: Moors End is on permanent display at the Valkenburg Narrow Gauge Museum near Leiden in Holland, since 2003. Prior to the narrow gauge model railway show at the Valkenburg Museum in June, 2003, Moors End was restored to working order by members of the Dutch Group. The idea was to show the layout at work before it was loaned to the Museum and put on permanent display in a glass case.

Photos of Moors End (2003):        

Moors End at Valkenburg (2003)