Category Archives: Trackwork

Lynton and Barnstaple MW 2-6-2

An original Roy Link/Alan Gibson L&B 2-6-2 model in 14mm gauge has recently been into  the Modell Ost. workshops to have repairs to it’s motion – a well known to be a problematic aspect of this kit.

(photo hosted on Modell Ost. website)

Full details can be found here:

There is also a video of it running as seen here: video

And finally some trackwork is being (slowly) built for this very model to run on as seen here:


L&B Model Trackwork

I have prepared the following two track samples for display at the L&B World section within the Warley MRC exhibition at the NEC this month.

Original L&BR Track 1898 – c.1926


40lb/yard Rail in 30′ lengths
Fishplates 15½” x 2”
Sleepers 4’6” x 9” x 4½” (often waney edge)
Clips and bolts at joint sleepers, spikes inbetween

Karlgarin Code 82 Rail
KBscale fishplates
Coffee stirrer sleepers
Clips adapted from KBscale clips
Proto:87 Stores spikes

Main Line Track as relaid by S.R. c.1926


40lb/yard Rail in 30′ lengths (original reused)
Fishplates 15½” x 2” (original reused)
Sleepers 4’6” x 9 ½” x 4½” (new)
Baseplates, clips and bolts (new)

Karlgarin Code 82 Rail
KBscale fishplates
Limewood sleepers
KBscale L&B clips

Rail Track and Associated Equipment for use Underground in Mines

O14 group member Bob T has pointed out a very useful publication available from the HSE which provides Guidance on selection, installation and maintenance of rail track and associated equipment for use underground in mines. It provides a valuable insight into many aspects of prototype narrow gauge track construction some of which is equally applicable to above ground track.

It can be found here: Rail track and associated equipment for use underground in mines (PDF)

Phil’s O14 test track

Prolific modelling blogger Phil Parker has recently been updating on his experiences with the KBscale track sample kit. His impressions are positive, describing it as good value for money and useful encourage into a new scale.

There have been two posts on the subject so far, and it sounds like there may be more to come as Phil mentions the thought of modelling the Groudle Glen railway in O14…

View all Phil’s Workbench posts tagged “O14″

Trackwork Services

Whilst I am mainly involved with Signals and Track for Standard gauge Model Railways, I can also offer a track/point building service in narrow gauges.

I can also offer servo operation of points, either for the modeller to install himself or included in the build. If you visit my website, you will see a Youtube video of an 00 gauge point being operated by an onboard servo.

My website address is

Stephen Freeman