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)



More about the Group and Meetings

The Surrey Area Group vies with the Trent Valley Group and South Downs Group for the top spot as the largest and most active area group in the Association. In truth, we cheat – Surrey is presently known to take in large parts of Buckinghamshire, London, Middlesex, Kent, Sussex and even Cornwall, in addition to the entire spread of Surrey, which is not a small county!

We meet on the third Friday of every month, with some exceptions, for tea and chat at the home of a volunteering member. Meetings range from just a chit chat to slide shows, modelling demonstrations and operating member's layouts. Those couple of hours each month are usually enough to spur attendees to produce something new for the delight of the others, so keeping the modelling impetus buoyant. Over the summer, we try to replace at least one evening meeting with a daytime one on the Saturday instead, allowing more play time. We also do not have ordinary meetings in the months when we have a Saturday at Merstham Village Hall (see below).

In addition to our normal Group activities, we support Group members with exhibition layouts and are well known for assisting the Association by providing staffing for publicity and sales stands at exhibitions in the South East (and occasionally further afield)

Surrey Times

All members receive Surrey Times, the group newsletter which, to date, has been faithfully published every month since before the turn of the century! Surrey Times was started as an occasional publication for members of the Group to keep us all up to speed, especially those that could not attend the most recent meeting. Since then, in well over 200 issues, not a month has been missed and the ‘occasional’ has been dropped. Over the years, technology has moved on and the newsletter has improved gradually as well, having become full colour with photographs and circulated largely electronically. Back issues are available to members of the Group. Just email the area contact address.

Operating and Modelling Days at Merstham Village Hall

In the past, these have been themed as either Operating or Modelling Days. They have also been used for our Group Open Days for all Association members and the general public, known as the Narr-O shows. Recent days have been more flexible and members can either bring layouts to operate or individual projects on which to have a day's uninterrupted modelling and to seek any help needed with recalcitrant tasks.

The venue is close to the M25 and there is limited free parking behind the venue and disabled parking out front. It is situated on the approach to Merstham station on the London to Brighton mainline, and buses between Redhill and Croydon pass very close by.

Outings

In recent times, apart from attending events with layouts and Association publicity stands at model railway shows and outdoor venues such as  Tinkers Park and the Amberley Rail Gala weekend, the main Group outing has been an annual driving day at the Amberley working museum. On a day just outside the season when the museum is not open to the public in conjunction with our friends in the Amberley Railway Group, we have been able to take over the railway there and learn many aspects of operating larger, if still small, trains.

Layouts

Being a group without premises, we don’t have a club layout. Individual members have layouts of their own, some of which have been seen on the exhibition circuit.Some examples are shown in galleries on this website. Click on the following layout names to be taken to the relevant galleries: Watchet Town   Touchwood   Old Tom's Mine   Bodger's End   Nether End