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“Achalraj” by Malcolm Harrison, based on the Darjeeling Railway in India.

Who we are and what we do

We model narrow-gauge railways, mainly in what is known as “009”. That is to say, we model in 4mm/ft scale (1:76), but using 9mm gauge track (‘N’ gauge) to represent railways with a gauge between 2ft. and 2ft. 6ins. We are even more flexible than this; we use ‘HO’ scale (3.5mm/ft) as well to represent gauges up to 1 metre.

Our interests go beyond 4mm or 3.5mm/ft narrow gauge modelling, to include larger or smaller scales and even standard gauge. Some of our members model narrow gauge railways in O scale (7mm/foot, 1:43.5), 1:22 and 1:35 scale, running on 9mm or 16.5mm gauge track.

Our common interest is narrow-gauge models, and we support (although we are not affiliated to) the 009 Society, with its national and international connections.

Updates to this website

Last reviewed on 14 June 2021:

A personal note to begin with: I have just collected the “master linker” board and am now in a position to start my own module. Our modular layout project now has six completed boards (including Brian’s fiddle yard), and others are in progress. You can  find the latest news on how the individual modules are progressing on our “Linked Dioramas” page. There are also several “helpful hints” from those who have worked with the master linker so far, and a slightly clearer wiring diagram.

Some of the Group are meeting online using the “Zoom” programme.  Virtual meetings are taking place fortnightly, and the whole Group should receive an invitation. Given that you have the right hardware, you simply click on the link in the invitation if you wish to join in. We are aware that not all the group have the equipment necessary to take part, or perhaps the inclination to do so, and we have resolved not to make any decisions in these sessions that will impact on other Group members.

Instead we hope that the wider group will contribute to the “Lockdown Projects” featured on this website (“Projects” page).

New Group Test Track

No doubt anticipating the future when we might be able to start meetings again, Brian Key has reconstructed the test track, to include left and right hand points (18″ radius). It remains to be wired up.

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It looks as if Model Railway exhibitions will begin again in the near future, although there may be changes in the Coronavirus situation that mean plans need to be altered at the last minute – so please check before travelling. However, at the moment, our members are involved as follows:

25 September:  Malcolm Harrison’s “Achalraj” will be at the Beacon Rail Model Railway Exhibition (Tring & District MRC)  at the Pitstone Memorial Hall, Vicarage Road, Pitstone LU7 9EY

What’s New for 009?

(David Gander writes): Robert Thompson’s RT Models has just released a chassis kit for the Five79 – ex-Chivers Finelines – Kerr Stuart Skylark body kit. The kit contains two etches – one for the running plate, frames, spacers and details and one for the rods and crosshead. A Bachmann Farish 08 shunter mechanism is needed and this requires the keeper plate to be unscrewed, the rear wheels to be removed and a pony truck fitted. This can be fixed or pivotted according to your wishes – or the radius of your layout curves! The pony wheel is also included.
The etched buffer beams have half etched dimples for rivetting, although given that the old Five79 cast body is rivetless, you could leave these flush if you wish. It does make one hope that Robert can be persuaded to etch and cast the rest of the body components to give a nicely detailed modern interpretation of this popular prototype.
Construction looks straightforward and offers a nice means of adding an outside framed chassis to one of the early 009 loco body kits. £15 plus postage from rtmodels.co.uk – but you will need a Farish 08 as well!

Skylarketch

.Now for something completely different. Stephen Sullivan reports: Japanese diesel locomotive by a firm called “Cosmic”  in coated laser-cut card to fit on the usual Kato chassis. Available from Hobbysearch, Plaza Japan, etc, for 5000 Yen (approx. £32). You need to pay post & packing, but my last five parcels from Japan have been free of VAT charges and the associated Parcelforce administration charge, which saves a lot of money. Comes with exploded diagram and Japanese instructions. Detail is very basic, and handrails, windscreen wipers, etched grilles, air horns, etc. would make a considerable difference. Will report back on how I get on with it:

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Lynton & Barnstaple Howard Van: a 3D resin print by Chris Barford, to fit Peco bogies. Built, painted and lettered by Stephen S. Note the almost complete freedom from the contour lines that haunt 3D prints in other materials. Chris is working on other L&B models, including the rebuilt version of the Howard van, and you can learn more from the Facebook page “custom009”. In particular, his plans for 4mm scale chopper couplings, including magnetic uncoupling, are covered on a series of extremely impressive videos.

Upnor 1The Merseyside & SW Lancashire Narrow Gauge Group have produced these superb 3D resin prints of Ffestiniog Railway “Upnor Castle” in memory of their member Roger Christian, and further models, including a re-run of this print, are in prospect. It runs on a Kato chassis (which the group can also supply) but a Japanese N Power chassis would probably also fit if you want the correct wheelbase. The print has a removable roof, cab interior detail and is free of the printing lines that you get on other 3D materials. Contact Stan Williams at johnwilliams509@btinternet.com.

The 009 Society

The Beds & Bucks Narrow Gauge Modellers are supporters of the 009 Society. If you have enjoyed visiting this site and wish to know more about the Society, click here.