Narrow Gauge North


7mm Narrow Gauge Association Yorkshire Area Group

Narrow Gauge modelling in 7mm:foot

The 7mm Narrow Gauge Association (NGA) founded in 1979 seeks to include anyone modelling narrow gauge railways around 7mm to the foot (1:43.5 scale but can include other scales such as 0n30 which is 1:48 as well as those modelling up to about 8mm to the foot) and has members right around the globe. There are Local Groups and there is a Yorkshire Area Group who have a monthly Daylight Meeting on the second Wednesday in the month at noon. Interested people can telephone David Charlesworth (01274 787159 evenings only) for details.

One of the features of this group is its module concept. An original idea to get people modelling has grown until a “layout” of anything from 7 to 50 feet in length can be produced, although it is unlikely that all the modules would ever come together as they are spread geographically from Bridlington to Morecambe. 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.

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.

The initial 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. 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.

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. They are named Yagenthwaite, this is fictitious but based on the Yorkshire Area Group with something that sounds as if it could have existed somewhere within the West Riding.

Further information can be found on their website