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Early Adopters of O14

I was recently shown a magazine article from Model Railway Constructor Vol. 20 of 1953 by D. Clayton about his Arden Light Railway which was a small oval layout with a station, run round loop and sidings. Superb modelling and of course all hand built. As Roy has pointed out this has already been referred to in the O14 standards.

I’ve added it to the O14 in the News page.

Nigel Lawton 20hp bow-framed Simplex

Nigel Lawton was demonstrating a 7mm:ft scale version of his 20hp bow-framed Simplex kit at ExpoNG 2008. Originally developed for OO9, the etch artwork for the new loco has been (literally) scaled up with some changes the drive system allowed by the larger size.

While the OO9 loco relies on a friction drive for the reduction gearing, the 7mm kit has a more conventional belt drive and the further modification of a working radiator fan. Currently this is linked to the direction and speed of the Simplex but Nigel has some ideas to keep a constant fan operation even on DC power. There should also be room to fit a small DCC chip inside the engine cowling.

The kit should be available late 2008 or early 2009 and can be built to 14mm and 16.5mm gauges.

O14 Tee Shirts

KBscale have recently produced some Tee shirts with our logo and at the same time we had a batch with a large O14.

O14teeThese are available for £8.50 each (p&p extra) in L and XL size. Only limited numbers are available at this time so it will be first come first served basis – send us an email if you are interested.

O-14 Yahoo Group Rename (to O14)

The companion O-14 Yahoo group has now be renamed to O14 so as to be consistent with this website. The new web address for the group is: This is just a rename and all existing messages, files, photos and group members are preserved, i.e. if you were a member of the O-14 group before, you are now a member of O14. However we have created a new Yahoo group O-14 purely to act as a signpost to the O14 group for those who follow out of date links.

Note that an important factor for not using O-14 is that ‘-’ is not very web friendly. For example some search engines treat a search for: ‘O-14′ as find anything with an ‘O’ in it not followed by ’14′.

Track Gauges

Precision turned Track Gauges are now available from KBscale. Produced in brass with grooves to suit Peco IL-115 code 82 rail. The outer grooves are for setting the 14mm gauge and the inner grooves give a 1mm gap for the check rails as per the published O14 standards.


The gauges have a machined flat at one end to give clearance when used over a turnout crossing (frog).

They cost £4.50 from KBscale (website has online ordering).