The 7mm Narrow Gauge Association aims to encourage the modelling of
narrow gauge railways at a scale of or around 7mm to 1 foot (1:43)

Getting Started in 7mm Narrow Gauge - Handbook 1

Getting Started in 7mm Narrow Gauge was first published in 1993 and has proved very successful, having sold well over 1000 copies. Many people have been introduced to the delights of Narrow Gauge and modelling it in 7mm scale as a result. It has now been decided that a revised edition should be published since a number of references in the text have become out of date, and such has been the growth of interest, that many more products have been introduced by manufacturers, both old and new. The old favourites are mostly still here, some revised in the light of experience and some other slight changes have been made, but now in Edition 4 in full colour and fully revised.

Getting Started Handbook

Getting Started in 7mm Narrow Gauge

4th Edition – completely revised

Published by the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association February 2010
ISBN 978-0-9549811-3-6

36 pages including covers. Full colour throughout. Price £6
This is a complete revision of the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association’s popular introductory handbook. It takes account of the publication by the Association of the ‘0n30 Handbook’ (which provides advice for those entering this branch of the hobby through the Bachmann 0n30 range of ready to run models) and the ‘Small Layouts Handbook’ (which provides a selection of layout ideas).
The first part of the new ‘Getting Started’ Handbook provides a general introduction to modelling narrow gauge railways in the 0 Gauge group of scales. This is followed by five ‘Quick Start Projects’ in which two experienced modellers describe, with plenty of photographs, five sample projects which might be undertaken by a newcomer to this branch of the model railway hobby. These are:-

  • Converting a small 00 standard gauge locomotive to 0-16.5 narrow gauge,
  • Re-bodying a 00 wagon to make an 0-16.5 one,
  • Building a resin kit for a simple locomotive,
  • Using PECO coach kits to make a bogie coach, and
  • Recycling reclaimed rail to make track.
  • As a tail piece there is a note on the choice between traditional and DCC control systems.