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Links - General

Here are various Web sites not directly concerned with specific garden railways. When I get round to going through my browser's bookmarks, there'll be rather more in here.

E-mail discussion groups:

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The Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers

Web site: www.16mm.org.uk

As it asks on the site,

  • “Are you a railway modeller who would love the ability to run live steam successfully on your layout?
  • Are you a model engineer who finds the traditional scales for building live steam a bit on the heavy side?
  • Would you like the opportunity to build some of the finest models from the least expensive of materials?
  • Would you like a model railway which can be built upon a window sill or take up an acre of garden?
  • Would you like to model in a scale in which cost can be as deep as the deepest pocket or as inexpensive as a few bits of scrap from the workshop?
  • Would you like to belong to the friendliest association of railway modellers, probably in the world, where all individuals are equal whatever their abilities and experience?

“Then you should very seriously consider joining us in the Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers! Essentially we build and run narrow gauge trains in the scale of 16mm:1ft, running on ‘O’ gauge track (giving a prototype 2ft gauge) or 45mm gauge which represents the 3ft prototype.”

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“Age of Steam”

Web site: http://www.railcentre.co.uk

This is one of the more informative sites on the Web about the Stockton & Darlington Railway, with lots of intesting information. There is a section within the site all about Timothy Hackworth (of which I made liberal use for the History section!): http://www.railcentre.co.uk/hackworth/hackworth1.html

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The Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway

Web site: http://www.bwlr.co.uk

“The Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway [celebrating 30 years in 2005] is a delightful 2 foot gauge line tucked away in the heart of the Kent countryside near the village of Bredgar in a richly wooded area of the North Kent Downs.” So says the blurb. I've never visited, but one day I really must, judging by the Web site. For some reason, I keep finding myself visitg this site for all sorts of information. In particular, for pictures of one of the few narrow gauge tanker wagons that I have found (No.4: Empire Oils Tank Wagon) which provided considerable inspiration when I was making treacle tankers for the HLR.

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Hutt Valley signals

Web site: http://www.trainweb.org/valleysignals

“Bits and pieces of railway information of interest to me - mainly signalling and the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa Lines...”

An interesting site from Wellington, New Zealand by David Smith (a.k.a. ‘Griptypethyne’) which concentrates on railway operation and its attendant lineside equipment. I used one or two pictures from this site to illustrate my attempts at making point rodding.

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Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Web site: http://www.locomotion.uk.com

The “Shildon Railway Village” was proposed as an £8 million outpost of the National Collection at York. It's now a reality and opened to the public on the 25th September 2004. (Admission free!) Could this be the location of the eventual terminus of the HLR?!

“Timothy Hackworth's Sans Pareil (see the History section) left Shildon 175 years ago, but it will now take pride of place in the new exhibition.

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E-mail discussion groups

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16mmngm - 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers

Web site: groups.yahoo.com/group/16mmngm

The 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers group was started in 1998 for 16mm enthusiasts to share their experiences and knowledge of the hobby. It ranges over the whole gamut of 16mm in the garden - and a lot more besides! The membership is approaching 1500 (probaly more by the time you read this) and over the last couple of years, the group has averaged about 75 posts each day. It has to be admitted that many of these are off topic or typical one liners. But amongst the ‘junk’ there really are gems to be found. Nevertheless, with that much mail arriving each day, the group is not for the faint hearted!

There is a supplementary Web site run by Dick Summerfield, one of the group's moderators, which contains a whole host of useful information, much of it culled from the e-mail discussions: www.iae.nl/users/summer/16mmngm

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NGgarden - Narrow Gauge Railways in the Garden

Web site: groups.yahoo.com/group/NGgarden

“This group is for modellers of narrow gauge railways in the great outdoors whatever the scale or gauge. If you're seeking ideas and tips on gaining that element of realism from your railway, this is the place for you...

“We want to explore the scope for greater realism in our modelling. We believe that there is lots of potential for reflecting real railway practice in the larger outdoor scales. This group is dedicated to experimentation and new thinking, whether concerning the trains themselves, structures and landscape, operation, or photography. We hope that discussions will be about developing new techniques, sharing best practice and furthering realistic modelling outdoors. We welcome speculative contributions as well as factual ones.”

The NGgarden group is a lot smaller than the 16mmngm mentioned above, and consequently generates far fewer posts. It also tends to stay much more on its topic of searching for ‘realism’ in any of its forms, be that in the infrastructure, stock, operation, or whatever. By it's nature the group tends to share more than the average number of pictures, some of which are quite stunning.

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modelloco16mm - 16mm Narrow Gauge loco builder

Web site: groups.yahoo.com/group/modelloco16mm

Another rather specialised group which sticks to its subject and offers support to builders of primarily 16mm narrow gauge steam engines, mostly from the desgns of the likes of Dave Watkins and Keith Bucklitch.

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modellstock16mm-12thscale - Rolling stock and lineside structures

Web site: groups.yahoo.com/group/modellstock16mm-12thscale

This group is very new, but has set out to be a counterpart to the group above, providing help and support for modellers building rolling stock and lineside structures in all typical narrow gauge garden scales round about 16mm to a foot. Constructional matters, materials and workshop practices are discussed, and advice exchanged for kit and scratchbuilders.