Narrow Gauge North


The Burrows

A layout by Peter Page
Scale : O-6.5 (1:43.5)
Gauge : 6.5mm/32mm
Size : 4’ x 2’

This is an O-6.5 layout, which means that it is built to the British O gauge scale of 7mm/foot (1:43.5), but with a track gauge in the model of 6.5mm (this is the track gauge used for modelling standard gauge railways in Z gauge (1:220). O-6.5 is one of the branches of the hobby supported by the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association, of which the layout builder is a member.  Narrow Gauge modelling is a very diverse activity, well worth exploring.

The aim of this present layout is to demonstrate the use of Marklin Z gauge components, in the modelling of a miniature railway of 11 inch gauge, or thereby, to run alongside standard O gauge.  Locomotives are Marklin Z gauge with slip on bodies in 7mm scale.  They haul articulated trains which are scratch built on Marklin running gear.  A section of standard gauge (32mm gauge) is included, on which will be displayed vehicles being built to run on another project.

“The Burrows” takes its name from Northam Burrows in North Devon, and the standard gauge line being modelled is inspired by the Bideford, Westward Ho and Appledore Railway – hence the centre buffers.  The miniature railway is a modern tourist attraction set partly in the sand dunes behind the Atlantic beach, and partly on the flat ground behind, with the model showing the station on the edge of the dunes.  Trains run clockwise round the continuous run.