Narrow Gauge World (Updated Post)

 At the Bishop Stortford show Colin Palmer gave me a copy of Narrow Gauge World, a magazine I hadn’t read before. I really enjoyed reading it. There’s an interesting mixture of news, articles about the prototypes and narrow gauge modelling. It’s a bit like a Sunday paper for narrow gauge enthusiasts.

If you shop on the high street each issue costs £4.75. The publishers are offering a subscription for £9.99 per quarter at the moment  ( That’s a saving of a couple of quid over the cover price over the course of a year.

I have subscribed, of course.

Updated post: Many thanks to the people who kindly pointed out that I had made a mistake in my original posting. In my rush to get a ‘bargain’ I didn’t read the (not so) small print 🙂

Note: I have no connection to Narrow Gauge World, I’m just a happy reader.


Surprise! Moving O9 Models

A little while ago mrfagsy asked if I could post a video of my stock. I don’t take a lot of videos but here you are mrfagsy, this is especially for you. (Click on the image to start the show).

The stars of this Hollwood extravaganza are my ‘test track’ and all of my O9 stock.

The ‘test track’ is a scrap of plywood salvaged from a skip with some set track brought from ebay.

The loco is an A1 Models O9 brass kit, with a kato mechanism, plasticard chassis and axle boxes built from 2mm diameter bolts and odd bits of plastic.

The wagons are scratchbuilt from plasticard and run on Peco N gauge wagon chassis. I use Greenwich couplings.

Not much more I can say, except, I hope the camera movement doesn’t make you feel sea sick!

Brown, Brown, It’s Gonna Be Brown

I’m singing ‘Brown, Brown, It’s Gonna Be Brown’ to the tune of the famous Status Quo song ‘Get Down, Deeper and Down’, because I’ve decided my O9 open wagons will be brown.

I’ve made a test strip of all the browns I can find in my paint box. I sprayed a piece of card with Citadel Corax White, my default primer. I painted and dry brushed each brown onto the card. I had one can of brown spray paint and I sprayed that on (rather too heavily as it turned out).

I like Humbrol Brown (186) and Humbrol German Camouflage (160) best because they are an attractive red-brown.

I will sleep on it before deciding.

One other thing I’ve learned from this is that the dry brushed effects from Citadel ‘Dryad Bark’ and ‘Stirland Mud’ will be great for weathering. They create very nice dirty, muddy effects.

(If you are not familiar with the Status Quo tune watch this video, but be warned it contains long hair, waistcoats and 1970’s special effects!)



Beds and Bucks Narrow Gauge Modellers Open Day 14 May 2017

The Beds and Buck Narrow Gauge modellers Open Day is on Sunday 14th May 2017. We have a super selection of layouts in a range of scales and gauges including:

  • Bowleggett Manor (009), West Midlands Group.
  • Elkington on Sea Tramways (0-16.5), Roger Elkin.
  • Grasslands and Wetlands Railway (G scale), Glyn Bennett.
  • Scrubbs Lane Yard and The Maltings (009), Ken Paul.
  • Morton Stanley (0-16.5), Chris Ford & Nigel Hill.
  • Brandgeight (009), Peter Hardy.
  • Fowlers Lake (0n30), Mike Bartlett.
  • Green Pond Mine (H0e/H0f), Lyn & Jim Owers.
  • Purbeck (009), John Thorne.
  • Symonds Green Brewery (009), David & Lynda Coates.
  • Green End (009), David Gander.
  • Old Oak (009), John Rees.
  • Ellerbank (009) Graham and Caroline Watling
  • and a modelling display by Chris Krupa.

Plus we have the following top traders:

  • Model Roads and Tramways – Modelling and electrical goods for model roads, tramways and railways.
  • Narrow Planet – Narrow Planet offers a custom etching service for unique name and works number plates, as well as a growing number of kits.
  • 12 volts DC – A wide range of bulbs; LEDs; street, platform and yard lights; effect modules; point motors; CDUs and switches.
  • James Corsi  – Interesting items for the 7mm scale modeller

As usual it’s at the Barton le Clay Village Hall, Hexton Road, Barton Le Clay, Bedfordshire, MK45 4JY. The hall has full disabled access, adequate car parking and tasty range of refreshments

The exhibition is open from 10.30 to 16.30. For 009 Society Members admission is £4.00 and it’s £4.50 for non members. For that you get 13 layouts, four trade stands and the chance to chat with like minded narrow gauge modellers for up to 6 hours. It’s a total bargain!

I hope to see you there…


Lots to Like: The 7mm Narrow Gauge Association

7mm Narrow Gauge Association Publications

There’s a lot to like about the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association.

They publish a bi-monthly magazine, Narrow Lines. There’s always a diverse range of interesting articles. The topics include layouts, prototype image galleries, modelling articles, ‘how to articles’, product reviews, book reviews and exhibition reports. The writing is great and the images of a high standard. This is topped off with a quality magazine finish. Great if you are thinking of modelling in 7mm scale (or you’ve already started!). Congrats to Peter Page the editor.

Two other things have really impressed me about the association: their publications and modelling goods sales.

The publications are super and over time I’ve accumulated quite a number (some of them are in the above image). They range from the inspirational (for example ‘The Right Track’), to the very practical (for example ‘Buildings Handbook’). One of my favourites is ‘Going Minimum Gauge’ which manages to be both inspirational and practical. It has articles on great layouts, images of prototypes and “how to” modelling guides.

The 7mm NGA offer an extensive range of new modelling goods, all available by mail order. The list is very comprehensive and includes items that would be difficult to obtain from other sources. Customer service is great and orders are processed quickly and arrive within a few days. They are very customer focussed and, in my opinion, they beat a lot of the big name online retailers.

Finally, the association has a nice, personal feel about it. I’ve been a member for just over a year and when my membership fell for renewal I got a personal letter from the chairman who knew what publications and modelling goods I’d brought and he encouraged me to renew. Naturally, he was knocking at an open door.

The 7mm NGA has been an inspiration for me and has encouraged me to dip my toe into O9 modelling. If you are even remotely interested in 7mm Narrow Gauge I’d encourage you to join.

Merry Christmas


Wiesener Viadukt Rhätische Bahn Switzerland

Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and productive new year to everyone reading this blog. Thank you for your interest, helpful suggestions and encouragement during 2016.

The lovely snowy image at the beginning of this blog is the single-track Wiesen Viaduct in the canton of Graubünden, Switzerland. It carries the metre gauge Rhätische Bahn from Wiesen to Filisur over the Landwasser river.

The viaduct is 88.9 metres (292 ft) high and 210 metres (690 ft) long. In 4mm scale that’s roughly 116 cm (14 inches) high and 276 cm (110 inches) long.

It would make a nice new year modelling project for someone. Any volunteers… 🙂


Image by David Gubler used under Creative Commons License: Image source

Decauville Catalogue 1916

Decauville Catalogue 1916

Purchased today in my local Oxfam Bookshop, this has to be the best ‘find’ this year. A copy of the 1916 Decauville Catalogue.

The quality of the reproduction is superb and there is some very tasty rolling stock in here.

I am writing a list titled ‘What I would buy’.

Let’s start with this rather beautiful 15 Tonne loco…

15 Tonne Loco