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 Picture Galleries

Here is a further selection of picture galleries of layouts and individual models in On30 scale. There are also a few examples of prototype inspiration. Simply click on the Gallery thumbnail to view and appreciate the work of many excellent modellers!

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Don Mason's D&RGW diorama.
After completing Mynydd Mawr brick works, Don spotted a piece of blank wall in his workshop so decided to fill it with this. The layout is 7ft long by 10 inches wide. The photos were first seen on the Association's Facebook page. Copyright Don Mason

Bear Bottom & Topliss Railroad
This On30 layout was built and exhibited by member Tony Woodward. It has since been dismantled and replaced with On30 modules. It is hoped that another layout, which will incorporate these modules, will be built in due course.

The Texas Santa Fe & Northern Railroad - Reborn
After Dave Angell's premature passing in 2015, his widow, Angela, generously donated Dave's three On30 modules to the On30 Track & Trestle Modular Group (OTT), of the Slim Gauge Circle, of which Dave had been a long-time member. In the meantime, his 17ft by 10ft layout, the Texas, Santa Fe & Northern Railroad, (see separate Gallery album), languished in his garage, untouched for three years. Angela asked the Association to advertise the layout in Narrow News, but after a year of only marginal interest, given it's unusual dimensions, it was clear that the layout would be unlikely to find a new home. Plans were made to eBay it and accept that it would most likely to be broken up for its buildings. Two of Dave's friends and members of the OTT, Jon Evans and Richard Coney, hatched a plan to purchase one half of the layout each. This was relatively easily accomplished as it had been built for occasional exhibition outings and could be disassembled into five boards of varying sizes. To cut a long story short, the family agreed to the proposal, as Dave's handiwork would live on, albeit in two sections. As result, Richard Coney took the two straight boards and Jon the three containing a two level helix, with impressive trestle bridge and mine buildings above. Richard has since incorporated his boards into his existing modular layout, one end by a slight readjustment of two of Dave's sidings and the other end by the creation of two new boards. Work continues on these. In the meantime, Richard started posting photos of Dave's finished boards, together with a selection of his rolling stock, variously lettered for the TSF&NRR, Southern Pine Lumber co. and Consolidated Republic Mining Co., on one of the well known Facebook On30 forums. What follows is a selection of these photos offered for your entertainment and, hopefully, inspiration.

Preserved Goose
Following on from Bob Harper's 'Prototype Inspiation from Colorado' gallery, here is a set of detailed images of the preserved Tourist "Goose" No.5 which sits on a short length of track outside the rebuilt depot building at Dolores. He was allowed to clamber around inside, so these pictures may be of use to modellers.

Prototype Inspiration from Colorado
A series of images provided by Bob Harper of narrow gauge prototypes in Colorado, USA. Some have been published in Narrow Lines. Bob Harper writes: "These images are from a rail fanning trip with my brother to the Colorado narrow gauge in August 2017, followed by the 37th National Narrow Gauge Convention in Denver. We used the opportunity to head west and cover the route of the Rio Grande Southern, which we had not been to before, and then a couple of days at Chama etc, on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railway, before heading back to Denver for the Convention. Arriving in the hotel car park in Denver, the first people we saw were five other British friends!"

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