First steps in narrow gauge modelling

My little NCB works train is slowly taking shape.

The past few afternoons have been spent assembling a handful of laser-cut styrene kits from York Modelmaking. Although they need much more work before they're complete, I’m already redrawing my Maudetown Colliery extension plans to include a short run of ‘OO9’ gauge track. Narrow gauge has never really appealed to me until recently, but I’m really gripped by the idea of a little works train pootling about amongst the full-size mainline traffic.
The ‘Ratty’ steam loco kit is designed for mounting atop a Kato ‘N’ tram chassis, but I wondered if I could try something different. At the moment, I'm trying to mount it onto a Farish J94 0-6-0 underframe. That way, I can have a set of coupled wheels beneath the bodyshell, adding a little more visual interest. Hopefully , it should be running by the end of the week.
Look out for an in-depth ‘Benchtest’ demo/review in Model Rail in the New Year.

Presented in the form of sheets of 0.8mm laser-cut styrene, the kits are simple to put together and can be readily customised and enhanced with extra details. I'm planning to use a 0-6-0T chassis under the loco.

The underframes are also cut from styrene and built up in layers to give realistic relief. A small range of rolling stock is available, although the kits are only being produced in limited numbers. A full evaluation and demo will appear in Model Rail soon.


  1. Are you planning to build a man rider for the narrow gauge section, that's something I have never seen in 009

  2. These look great George! Interested to see how these kits progress as a keen narrow gauger myself. Looking forward to the MR review as well.


  3. Thanks for the comments. Not sure about a man rider, it's a thought though..!
    I've been leafing through the Parkside and Langley catalogues and getting a bit carried away with the NG possibilities.


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