An 0 16.5 narrow gauge modular layout from
Scale 0 16.5 (7mm to 1ft)
Narrow Gauge modelling in 7mm:foot
Yaggenthwaite: the 7mm NGA Yorkshire Area Group modules An initial idea to get people modelling has grown until a “layout” of anything from 7 to 50 feet in length exists. It started in 2001 with the concept of small modules that each individual could develop but bring together for a longer running line than would be feasible at home. Each of the original four boards (36” by 18”) had three inches of Peco proprietary 0-16.5 trackwork in place at each end.
The view was that if somebody actually got around to building a layout the whole thing would be a success. Originally it was never envisaged that it would be exhibited or develop into a layout although that has now changed. There was no set order for sequencing the modules giving endless permutations – a situation which still prevails. Another helpful feature was that it is not necessary for everyone to be present with their module every time.
The basic rule is that each module is 18 inches wide at its end with the track a standard distance from the front edge. Uniting the modules is a uniform backscene: 9 inch high pieces of ply bolted to the back. Common wiring and other protocols are in place.
We have shown here the work of three people, with two cassette ends and an intermediate area which can be used a “fiddle yard” as well; it also allows stock to be run in a continuous circuit if one of the operators wants to talk to somebody!
In 2005 the modules had their first public display: the National Coal Mining Museum near Wakefield and later that year at the NGA’s annual convention. They have also made appearances at NGA Bradford Members’ Days; Narrow Gauge North, Leeds; Narrow gauge South West, Shepton Mallet.
The name is fictious but based on the Yorkshire Area Group with something that sounds as if it could have existed somewhere within the West Riding.
We would recommend the approach, as it is possible to build up a layout in small stages and gives the possibility of home operation and group participation.
Quite a few people have been drawn into the world of active narrow gauge modelling as a result. It has certainly given a focus to the Yorkshire Area group of the 7mm NGA.