Narrow Gauge Heaven is a website dedicated to narrow gauge railways throughout the world, although currently there is more on UK narrow gauge railways than those in other parts of the world. It has the largest narrow gauge photo gallery on the web, with contributions from over 30 railway photographers.
O14 modeller Martin Field has provided the following link to some useful annotated pictures outlining various scratch building techniques, including lathe work, soft and silver soldering, panel forming etc. Although the examples are road vehicles they are equally applicable to railway vehicles, especially as the scale is the same. There’s no excuse now in tackling that awkward prototype you’ve hankered after!
Industrial Narrow Gauge Railways is a useful web site which holds information regarding current prototype industrial and commercial narrow gauge railways operating throughout Europe, including many which are 60cm/2ft railways
John Clutterbuck wrote a series of three articles about building accurate trackwork which was originally published in Roy C Link’s Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review issues 63, 64 & 65. As Roy has now sold most of the relevant back issues, John and Roy have collaborated to produce an updated electronic booklet containing all three articles. This is made available from this site on the basis that it is used for personal non-commercial use only.
Permission must be sought from John Clutterbuck and Roy C Link for further publication of this booklet (including any extracts) in any media, and use by commercial track makers. It is also not permitted to host copies of these articles on other websites. However it is permitted to provide a link to this complete post with the following URL: http://o14group.org/2008/10/31/finescale-7mm-narrow-gauge-trackwork/
The booklet can be found here: 7mm NG Trackwork Article (PDF). Please note it is a large (4.8MB) file which has been compressed as much as possible whilst still maintaining an acceptable picture quality.
Update 21/1/2016 – the quoted L&B sleeper dimensions in the table on Page 7 are incorrect – the original period sleepers are now known to be 4’6″ x 9″ x 4.5″ and the SR period are now know to be 4’6″ x 9.5″ x 4.5″
I’ve been asked to place these photos of Festiniog and Penrhyn Quarry railway chairs on the site for everyone’s information.
The hardware was supplied to me by Adrian Gray when I showed a willingness to produce brass masters of them for castings in 7mm. scale. I also decided to do them in 1/32nd scale, should anyone have the space for a chaired tracked layout in that fine scale.
Here are some photos I took in June 2006 on the Vale of Rheidol railway in Wales at Aberffrwd station. Note the substantial nature of the track (c. 60lb/yd) and modern pointwork which is typical of modern preserved NG railways in the UK.
Although the gauge is out by 8″ or so for O14, there are some great details in the trackwork of the Volks Electric Railway in Brighton that could be a useful reference for anyone working on a “tourist attraction” type railway rather than serious functional narrow gauge!