What’s New – Narrow Gauge

See what’s new on the UK modelling scene. You get photos, information and links to where you can buy the latest releases to hit the UK model railway scene.

There’s everything from narrow gauge wagons right through to highly-detailed O scale locos that want to find a home in your model railway room.

24th April 2019

Ashover Coach from Bowater Models
Bowwater Models have been busy over the last few weeks adding new models and working on some that are yet to be released.

One of the latest to be released is this neat Ashover Railway coach that’s designed to run on 16mm or 32mm gauge track.

Click here to visit their website to see some of the more fine models they have available.

The new Ashover coach in Gauge 1 from Bowater Models

9 April 2019

Live Steam Double Fairlie
When it comes to model railways 'narrow gauge' is not necessarily another term for 'small scale' as you can see here with the latest offering from Roundhouse.

David Lloyd George … the loco, not the man … has been in development since the start of 2017 and a completed model was on display last weekend. 

The loco is an inside-framed 0-4-4-0T live-steam loco that can be ordered for 32mm or 45mm gauge. Roundhouse describe it as an example of precision engineering and that is an apt description for a model of this type because it features a range of lost wax detail castings that you rarely see on a commercial live-steam model.

Roundhouse is taking orders for the loco and you can click here for more details.

16mm scale live steam model of a double Fairlie from Roundhouse

24 Mar 2019

A new Kerr Stewart loco in 16mm
Smallbrook Studio are working on a new 16mm loco kit based on a Kerr Stewart Sirdar prototype.

The electric model loco kit will include chassis, motor, gearbox, an electronic speed controller mounted as the regulator and a directional switch operated by the reverser in the cab.

There’s a battery holder located under the cab and weights are cast into the side tanks.

The model will be available from Ash Models and you can click here for more information.

the pilot model for a 16mm Kerr Steward prototype loco from Smallbrook Studio

25 Jan 2019

New liveries for Bachmann’s OO9 Baldwin and OO9 rolling stock
Perhaps this should appear under the heading of ‘ better late than never’  because I missed Bachmann’s announcement back in January that they would be releasing their very popular OO9 Baldwin tank loco in three new liveries later this year.

The schemes are:

  • Snailbeach District Railways black … as seen on No. 4
  • Welsh Highland Railway’s lined maroon and
  • Southern Railway’s Maunsell green

There will also be new liveries for the:

  • Bogie covered wagons
  • Bogie open wagons and
  • Slate wagons

Click here for more information and photos of the new rolling stock liveries.

The new Snailbeach District Railway's black livery for the Bachmann OO9 steam loco that will be released later this year

The new West Highland Railway's lines maroon livery for the Bachmann OO9 steam loco that will be released later this year

The new Southern Railway's Maunsell green livery for the Bachmann OO9 steam loco that will be released later this year

17 Jan 2019

Short bogie wagon kits in 7/8th scale
North Pilton Works is releasing a range of short bogie wagon kits that include:

  • A flat wagon
  • A box van
  • An open wagon

These wagons will feature:

  • Heavy 28mm steel wheels with roller bear axles
  • Hinged swing-opening doors on the open wagon and
  • Large sliding doors on the box van

Click here for more details.

The new bogie open wagon with hinged doors in 7/8th scale from North Pilton Works

The new bogie flat wagon in 7/8th scale from North Pilton Works

The new bogie box van with sliding doors in 7/8th scale from North Pilton Works

17 Jan 2019

Short bogie wagon kits in 7/8th scale
North Pilton Works is releasing a range of short bogie wagon kits that include:

  • A flat wagon
  • A box van
  • An open wagon

These wagons will feature:

  • Heavy 28mm steel wheels with roller bear axles
  • Hinged swing-opening doors on the open wagon and
  • Large sliding doors on the box van

Click here for more details.

The new bogie open wagon with hinged doors in 7/8th scale from North Pilton Works

The new bogie flat wagon in 7/8th scale from North Pilton Works

The new bogie box van with sliding doors in 7/8th scale from North Pilton Works

9-Jan 2019

New OO9 wagons coming from Peco
Hattons are now taking pre-orders for three new OO9 wagons that are coming later this year from Peco

The models are:

The links will take you to the order page for each model on the Hatton's website.

pre-production sample of the next Snail Beach OO9 hopper wagon coming later in the year from Peco

A pre-production sample of the 4-wheel Ffestiniog workman's van kit coming later in the year from Peco

Pre-production samples of a pair of 4-wheel Ffestiniog brake van kitscoming later in the year from Peco

9-Jan 2019

New rolling stock from 6Point5 Minimum Gauge
6Point5 Minimum Gauge has announced the release of their first new piece of rolling stock for 2019.

It’s the Bede bogie coal wagon and the kit comes with a 3D printed chassis and bogies, a fold-up etched body and etched detail overlays.

They have also received the prototype parts for the ‘Exmoor’ 0-4-0T locomotive.

The final release of the kit will include etched side rods as well as etched name and number plates.

6Point5 Minimum Gauge models are available from Narrow Planet

The new rolling stock kit from 6point5 Minimum Gauge - the Bede bogie coal wagon

The prototype kit for the next loco from 6point5 Minimum Gauge - the Exmoor style 0-4-0T seen here unpainted and painted

19 Dec 2018

WHR shortie coaches in 16mm
Bowater Models will releasing 3 WHR shortie coaches on January 1.

These coaches will be suitable for 32mm and 45mm track and they’ll be able to handle tighter radius curves because they are 150mm shorter than the full-length versions. Each coach will be available in either laser-cut MDF or plywood.

Click here for prices and more information.

9 Dec 2018

009 Manning Wardles
These neat little Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Manning Wardles will be hitting the hobby shop shelves in the UK this week and you had better be quick because all 3 numbers … 9950, 9951 and 9952 … are already out of stock at the factory.

And they’re not expected to last long in the hobby shops either.

However, if you miss them there will be a chance to pick up one, or all of, the three in Southern livery when they arrive some time in January.

28 Nov 2018

Still to come …
Bachmann still has a few On30 items listed in their 2018 release list that have yet to arrive.

They include:

  • An 0-6-0 steamer with DCC in three different road names … and 1 undecorated version
  • A reefer in four different versions and
  • An On30 sound module for the 0-6-0

There are examples below and you can see them all on this page on the Bachmann website and maybe we will see them in the hobby shops before December 31

23 Nov 2018

Lyn in 009
Heljan has just announced the upcoming release of Lynton & Barnstaple Railway’s 2-4-2T “Lyn” in 009. Heljan plan to release this model 2 versions of L&BR green and 2 versions of Southern green as well as an unnumbered version in plain black.

You can expect to see “Lyn” in 2020.

A multi-media kit in OO Scale?
Narrow Planet have announced that they are working on the prototype of a 4mm scale kit for the F.C. Hibberd 18-ton Planet.

It will use the familiar Spud motor bogie and is comprised of a 3D printed bodyshell core and etched overlay detail and should be on display at the Warley Model Railway Club & Exhibition at the NEC this coming weekend.

7/8th Scale Signal Box
North Pilton Works don’t just produce fine loco and rolling stock kits for Garden Railways, they also produce buildings too.

Their latest kit is this neat little compact signal box that comes with a highly detailed exterior and plenty of interior detail too.

And you get interior lighting as well.

Find all the details for this fine kit on this page at the North Pilton Works website.

10 Nov 2018

16mm Wagon Kits
Ash Models are releasing a range 16mm rolling stock kits that should really appeal to large-scale, narrow gauge modelers.

The range of kits include:

3-plank wagon with a load of crates

Open sheep wagon

Cattle wagon

Machinery wagon (pictured here)

Single-plank open wagon with load

Brake van

Goods van with opening doors

Open coach

2nd/3rd coach

3rd coach

1st Class luggage van

You can find more information on the Ash Models website

009 Perfection
This exquisite La Meuse 2-6-0T loco is now available in kit form from Narrow Planet.

The kit is produced by Neil Sayer and is designed to run on a Graham Farish 08 mechanism.

You will find more information and an order form here on the Narrow Planet website.

3 Oct 2018

7/8th scale standard slate wagon

The latest kit from North Pilton Works is this 7/8th scale standard slate wagon.

This is a kit that’s designed for garden railways and it produces a sturdy wagon that comes with 25mm steel wheels, roller bearings on the axle boxes and full brake detail.

You will find more details and a ‘buy’ link right here.