A 5.5mm layout by Mike Chinery
Scale 5.5mm/1 foot
Gauges 12mm & 16.5mm
Size 6’ x 1’6"
This small layout has been produced in order to show what is possible in this scale. The rolling stock, track, figures and road vehicles are all commercially available. The scale itself is unusual, but has been around for a long time. It was introduced by GEM in the early 1960's, and was used to produce the first commercial range of British narrow gauge models. It had great potential but lost out to the introduction of mass produced HOe scale (3.5mm/foot on 9mm gauge track) models from the continent.
In the late 1980's an Association was formed to support the scale and in 1996 Malcolm Savage bought the original range from GEM.
Many of the old models have been improved and reintroduced, and new models have been produced. Other manufactorers have started making their products available in this scale, something that never happened the first time around.
Please see here for futher details of the 5.5mm Association