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)



On30 Depot - American Prototype Narrow Gauge Layouts Picture Gallery

The pictures in this Gallery are to provide inspiration to those who model American style layouts in 1:48th scale, 1/4 inch : 1 foot. They will be primarily On30 gauge, though layouts built to On2 and On3 will also be included, plus the smaller On18 gauge, which uses 9mm track to represent 18 inch gauge, (the equivalent of O-9 in 7mm scale) if we find suitable examples.

We hope to be able to divide up these pictures into dedicated albums in due course to make your viewing easier. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the pictures as they are uploaded.

Richard Coney, On30 Depot Superintendent

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Dave Angell's Texas, Santa Fe & Northern RR
Dave Angell was a very talented model railway enthusiast, whose various layouts appeared in the modelling press and the exhibition circuit over many years. His Texas, Santa Fe & Northern On30 layout was built in his garage and whilst substantial in size and weight could, on occasion, be transported to exhibitions, so be enjoyed by us all. A member of the Slim Gauge Circle, Dave's On30 portable modules are the subject of another On30 Gallery. Tragically, Dave passed away after a short illness in 2015.

Dave Angell's On30 Modules
Dave Angell was a very talented model railway enthusiast, whose various layouts appeared in the modelling press and the exhibition circuit over many years. His Texas, Santa Fe & Northern On30 layout in his garage is the subject of another On30 Gallery, but more recently Dave had been building On30 Modules as part of the Slim Gauge Circle's On30 Track & Trestle Modular Group. Cleverly, Dave had added an interim board that enabled him to operate his modules with his main layout. Tragically, Dave passed away after a short illness in 2015 and was unable to complete his railroad empire. However, his vision and his undeniable modelling skills live on through his work.

Stourwood Central - On3 Colorado Narrow Gauge
This modest sized, but beautifully constructed and detailed On3 layout was built by Jim Tanner in the spare bedroom of his South Coast flat. Jim scratch built or modified most elements of his Denver & Rio Grande Colorado-inspired layout.

Raccoon Creek Mining & Lumber Co.
The Raccoon Creek Mining & Lumber Company is a working title for my ever expanding On30 garage-based, modular railroad. I am a member of both the 7mmNGA and also the multi-scale, multi-gauge American narrow gauge club, 'The Slim Gauge Circle' (SGC). The layout consists of individual portable modules, nominally 4ft long, but of varying widths, which are part of the SGC's On30 Track & Trestle Modular Group (OTT). Following the untimely death of Dave Angell, whose modules and Texas Santa Fe & Northern Railroad garage layout have their own Gallery sections, I acquired his three modules, which we have continued to exhibit in his memory. However, having cleared sufficient space in my garage to expand my plans for a large circular On30 layout, based on the OTT modular standards, Dave's modules, plus my own, now have the makings of a circular layout some 19ft by 7ft, with a additional 4ft board tagged on one end. Each board can be removed and added to any other built to the OTT's published standards, but we are now finalising the semi-permanent configuration which will make the most of the confined interior of my garage. Photos will be added as work progresses and may include some taken before changes were made to modules to provide better operation, or in one case, an accident which resulted in damage to a module and forced a rethink. Richard Coney