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Manufacturers

Note: These manufacturers are mostly those who can supply garden railway equipment ready-to-run or in kit form rather then those who provide drawings and castings.

1" Scale Railroad Supply - 4¾" gauge, standard-gauge outline rolling-stock. US prototypes.

Balson AG - Swiss manufacturer - including 5" & 7¼" steam locos. European prototypes. German text.

Baumann Feldbahnen - Manufacture a range of 7¼" gauge "field railway" equipment. European prototypes. German text.

Blackgates Engineering - home of the Sweet Pea, a 5" gauge 0-4-0 - a good locomotive for beginner model engineers. British prototypes.

Branchline Products - Detail parts for 1½" scale, US-outline, 3' narrow-gauge (4¾" gauge) rolling-stock. US prototypes.

Castle Miniature Railways - sells some used 7¼" stock.

Cannonball Ltd. -1½" scale, 7¼" and 7½" gauge rolling-stock. US prototypes.

Compass House - battery electric locos and accessories. British prototypes.

Dorrington Technische Raritäten GmbH - German dealer has some second-hand - worth a look. (mostly) European prototypes. German text.

Hillcrest Shops - 5" scale (not gauge) equipment (i.e. just under half full-size). US prototypes.

Keith Hartley Engineering -  7¼" Gauge Driving Trucks, Semi Scale Wagons and Other Model Engineering Items. British prototypes.

KNUPFER Modell- und Feinwerktechnik - makers of some stunning European 5" gauge locos. Not much information on the site, they refer you to their catalogues. European prototypes. German text.

The Locomotive Works and Little Engines of California - US prototype locos in various gauges.

Maxitrak - make a range of diesel (battery electric) and steam locos, rolling stock and track for 5" and 7¼" gauges. Available in either kit form or ready-to-run. Also deal in some second-hand. Assorted prototypes. 

MDM Locomotive Works - 1½" scale, 7¼" and 7½" gauge US prototype diesel (battery-electric) locos.

The Miniature Railway Supply Co. - supply a comprehensive range of rail, fittings, turnouts etc. for garden railways.

Model Engineering Products Bexhill - makers of 5" and 7¼" gauge locos. British prototypes. 

ModelWorks International - 5" and 7¼" gauge locos in kit form. British prototypes.

Mountain Car Co. - "Mountain Car Company was formed in 1983 as a one man operation with the idea of manufacturing reasonably priced 1½" Scale Train Cars that looked good and performed well." US prototypes.

PNP Railways - 5" and 7¼" gauge wagons. British prototypes.

Polly Model Engineering - a range of small 5" gauge steam locos available in kit form. British prototypes.

Rail Systems Company - 21 different US prototype diesel (battery-electric) locos for 7¼" and 7½" gauge.

Real Trains - 7¼" and 7½" gauge locos and rolling-stock. US prototypes.

Live Steam Service Reinhold Schuhmacher Gartenbahnen + Modellbaubedarf - maker of some 5" gauge German prototype locos. European prototypes. German text.

Ride on Railways - make a diesel (battery electric), rolling stock and track for 5" gauge. Paul has a huge about of useful information on his site on building garden railways. British prototypes. Recommended.

Rio Grande Associates - 1.5" and 2.5" scale US prototypes.

Roanoke - 7¼"

Roll Models Inc. - provide everything to build a 7½" gauge railway. US prototype.

Südostbahn Gartenbahn - a prototype railway in Switzerland who's workshop builds miniature locomotives in 5" and 7¼" gauge. European prototypes.

Jim Vass Miniature Locomotives - "Jim Vass Miniature Locomotives specialises in supplying castings and fittings for a wide range of 7¼" and 5" gauge locomotives... [and] also supplies a useful range of hydraulic lifting loco build tables." British prototypes.

The Passenger Car Company - 1.6 scale (7½" gauge) Streamlined Railroad Passenger Cars. US prototypes.

Westerwälder Dampf-Eisenbahnfreunde - manufacture a range of 5" and 7¼" rolling-stock and track components. European prototypes. German text.

E.Zimmermann GmbH - European prototypes. German text.

Other manufacturers:

4QD - manufacturers of electronic speed controllers, as used in my Ride on Railways TROJAN.


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Loco construction / reviews / modifications

Alice Class Hunslet

Building a 7 1/4" gauge (1:8 scale) Live Steam Model Locomotive

Building a De Winton (vertical boilered) loco in 7¼" gauge

Developing Dixie - Improvements to a Maxitrak Dixie

Building Maxitrak's PEARL

Improved speed controller for Maxitrak RUSTON

Building a Maxitrak Sapphire

Tips to aid construction of a Ride on Railways Trojan - actually on this site.


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For sale / wanted lists / traders

Search for "live steam" on eBay - can return a few odd items but is fairly reliable.

The Engineers Emporium - also a manufacturer but have a large list of second-hand stock.

Model Engineering Adverts Pages - part of Chris Heapy's model engineering site. Recommended.

Preston Services - Dealer in steam locomotives, traction engines, etc., both model and full-size.

Station Road Steam - "Purveyors of interesting mechanical paraphernalia of all types."

Steam-models.uk.com


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Discussion groups

There are several groups on Yahoo! dealing with miniature railways (and specifically 5" gauge): mini-steam, passenger-carrying-garden-railways, UKminiaturerailways and the5ingauge


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Other garden / miniature railways

Beer Heights Light Railway - (7¼") at Pecorama in Devon.

Bentley Miniature Railway - (5" & 7¼") operated by the Uckfield Model Railway Club.

The Berliner Parkeisenbahn is not exactly a miniature railway at 600mm, but then it isn't your normal narrow-gauge line either. One of the former "Pioniereisenbahnen" which were set up in Eastern Block countries to teach children how to operate a railway.

Bilbrook Light Railway - (5" gauge)

The Blue Ridge Summit Railroad - (7½") in North Carolina

Bracknell Railway Society - (3½" & 5" raised)

Brighton & Hove Society of Miniature Locomotive Engineers - (3½" & 5" raised)

The Bure Valley Railway - a 15" gauge line in Norfolk (England).

Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway - (15")

The Corris Hill Light Railway - (5") Chris Rennie has an impressive run on his garden railway.

Dobwalls Family Adventure Park - (7¼") home of the Forest Railroads and Big-Boy (4-8-8-4) and other large locos. 

Dublin & Granville Western Railroad - (7½")

East Herts Miniature Railway Society - (7¼")

Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway - (7¼")

Eastleigh Lakeside Railway - (7¼" and 10¼").

Echill's Wood Railway -(7¼")

EFFIE on tour - assorted views of a 15" gauge replica of a 15" loco built by Sir Arthur Heywood.

Frimley Lodge Miniature Railway - (3½", 5" & 7¼")

The Gecko Belt & Sandy Flats Railroad - (4¾") over 700' of track in the Nevada desert. Though John Yells now lives half way round the world from the SLR, it turns out he was born and raised only a few miles from Salfords.

The Great Cockrow Railway - (7¼")

Guildford Model Engineering Society - (3", 5" & 7¼")

The Highview Railway - (5")

Hilton Valley Railway - cataloguing events to rebuild this historic line.

Leyland Society of Model Engineers - (3½", 5" & 7¼")

Liliputbahn im Wiener Prater - (15") German text.

Lyngford Light Railway - (5") Terry Bowden's line.

Maidstone Model Engineering Society - (3½" & 5")

Malden District Society of Model Engineers - (3½", 5" & 7¼")

Merstham Valley Railway - (7¼") actually on this web-site.

Paul Middleton (as in Ride on Railways) has some photos of his own and other garden railways (5") on his web site. Recommended.

Moors Valley Railway - (7¼")

Perrygrove Railway - hardly "garden" as such as it is 15" gauge.

Pinewood Miniature Railway - Wokingham, Berkshire

Portes-lès-Valence - French model engineering club. French text.

Ravenglass and Eskdale - (15")

Rhyl Miniature Railway - (15")

The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch - (15") the "ultimate" garden railway?

Roy's 5 Zoll Gartenbahn - (5") railway in Germany. German text.

Ruislip Lido Railway Society - (12")

Shuzenji Romney Railway - (15") in Japan

Sonora Short Line Railway - (12") 

South Downs Light Railway Society - (10¼")

The Springdale Light Railway - (5")

Springville & Southern R.R. - (7¼")

Stapleford Miniature Railway - (10¼")

Sutton Model Engineering Club

Swanley New Barn Railway - (7¼")

Swiss Vapeur Parc - a "miniature world" in Switzerland with a 7¼" gauge railway.

Train Mountain - (7½") "Train Mountain currently has 67,366 feet (over 20,5 kilometers or 12¾ miles) of 7½" gauge mainline track and, including yard and sidings, a total of 117,610 feet (over 35,8 kilometers or 22¼ miles). Guinness World Records™ has certified Train Mountain as the "world's longest hobby miniature railway"."

Walkers Railways - (5")

Weston Park - (7¼") unofficial site

Windmill Farm Railway - (15")

Wythall Miniature Steam Railway - (7¼") Operated by Elmdon Model Engineering Society


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Other garden railway / live-steam sites

Craigmill Engineering - Has info on Sweat Pea and the Comrie Railroad (7¼" gauge).

DiscoverLiveSteam - comprehensive site for the live steam (and diesel) modeller. Emphasis on 7¼" and larger.

EKP Supplies - a good source of suppliers for fittings, screws, etc. Useful if you are building or maintaining locos.

Elmgate Models - Tim Sanderson's Five-inch gauge miniature railway.

Minitrains - Definitely worth a look round. The Salfords Light Railway website was a winner of Minitrains' 2003 award.

Minor Railways Online

PJS Model and Light Engineers - Manufactures, repairs, rebuilds models and other light engineering items.

Adrian Sant’s Miniature Railway Book & Artefact Emporium

Sharpo's Miniature World - "Model Engineering and Miniature Railways in the UK up to 15" gauge". Has 100+ images of locos and miniature railways.

Safe operation of miniature railways, traction engines and road vehicles - an information sheet written by the British Health & Safety Executive

Simon Townsend's Home Page

Wales West R. V. Park - a replica of a Welsh 2' gauge railway around a trailer park in the USA - yes, really!


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Groups or associations

Also lists magazines

7+ Railroader - magazine covering miniature railways of 7" gauge and larger

The 7¼" Gauge Society

The Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers

AW NUTS magazine - not exactly an association but a magazine for garden railway enthusiasts who are light-hearted about their hobby.

Grand Scales Quarterly - magazine covering miniature railways of 12" gauge or larger.

The Heywood Society Journal - In-depth coverage of all passenger carrying miniature railways, from 7¼" gauge to 15". Available to non-members.

The Maxitrak Owners' Club


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Sites with lists of further links

Dampf Modell Bahn - Has an extensive list of links and some English pages. German text.

DMOZ - (Open Directory Project) a very extensive list of miniature railway website links.

iRail.co.uk - specialised railway search-engine

Miniature Railways of Britain - "We aim to be the definitive guide to Britain's Miniature Railways with every line listed that is open to the public for at least 1 day every year."

The Miniature Railway Links & Photos page

Simon Townsend's Miniature Railway Links Page


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Prototype sites of general interest to light railway enthusiasts (Europe)

500mm Feldbahnprojekt e.V. - a collection of 500mm gauge Feldbahn (field railway) equipment in Berlin, Germany. German text.

Amberley Working Museum - "Although we do operate some passenger stock our collection concentrates on the stock used for freight and mineral workings which is not preserved elsewhere. The collection is of national significance with many of the items being originally used by companies based in the south east."

Ashover Light Railway - "Pages intended to provide a lasting memory of this little known narrow gauge line in Derbyshire."

Association Picarde pour la Préservation et l'Entretien des Véhicules Anciens - "APPEVA was created in 1970 by three Parisian railway enthusiasts with the aim of saving and restoring the last 60 cm narrow gauge line of the WW1."

Brian Budd's BagOfBits photo galleries. Quarry Hunslets, Kerr Stuart's, Ruston & Hornsby, Simplexes - many different galleries, Recommended.

The Berliner Parkeisenbahn is not exactly a miniature railway at 600mm, but then it isn't your normal narrow-gauge line either. One of the former "Pioniereisenbahnen" which were set up in Eastern Block countries to teach children how to operate a railway.

Brecon Mountain Railway

The Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway - "The Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway is tucked away in the heart of the Kent countryside, England, in a richly wooded area of the North Kent Downs, near the village of Bredgar. It came into being in the early 1970's as a hobby and has since developed into to a fully operational narrow gauge railway of 2 foot gauge."

Devon Railway Centre - has some 2' gauge equipment and 7¼" line (though this is only briefly mentioned on the web site).

Feldbahn-Online - German/English site of general interest to Feldbahn (literally "field railway") enthusiasts.

Feld- und Industriebahnmuseum, Freiland, Austria - German language site for a museum in Austria that has a ½km 600mm gauge line.

The Ffestiniog Railway - "The Ffestiniog Railway is the Oldest Independent Railway Company in the World. On our trains you can travel by steam through the spectacular scenery of the Snowdonia National Park, between Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog. Today the Company also operates trains on its sister railway, the Welsh Highland Railway, between Caernarfon and Waunfawr - the first step of a major Millennium project to re-open the old line through to Porthmadog."

Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Society - "Founded some forty years ago with the aim of establishing a public narrow gauge railway in Hampshire, the Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Society has evolved into an equipment operating group. With bases for its operations at the Bursledon Brickworks Museum in Hampshire in the south of England and the Kew Bridge Steam Museum in West London, it conserves and operates narrow gauge equipment dating back to the end of the nineteenth century."

Die Heeresfeldbahnseiten - German language site

Heeresfeldbahnwagen - German language site

Hollycombe Steam Collection - has a 2' gauge line with Hunslet "JERRY M". There is also a 7¼" line.

Quarry Hunslets - a page of images of narrow gauge Hunslets on John Rowlands' web site. Also has other images well worth a look. 

Brian Budd's Quarry Hunslets gallery. Recommended.

Industrial Narrow Gauge Railways - by Steve Thomason

Industrial Railway Society - "The Industrial Railway Society was founded in 1949 as the Birmingham Locomotive Club - Industrial Locomotive Information Section. The Society is the leading organization in the United Kingdom devoted to the study of all aspects, and all gauges, of privately owned industrial railways and locomotives, both at home and overseas.". There is also an interesting list of links on this site.

Kerr, Stuart and Company Ltd. - "The company was re-formed in 1998 to protect this well known name from any possible future misuse. Currently Kerr, Stuart & Company Ltd and W. G. Bagnall Ltd. are both held as dormant companies." Contains some Kerr, Stuart information from the past.

Info on Kerr, Stuart & Co. Ltd. WREN and TATTOO classes (as in Maxitrak DIXIE and PEARL)

Arthur Koppel Locomotives

Leighton Buzzard Railway - "The Leighton Buzzard Railway is one of the few narrow gauge light railways to survive in England. Built in 1919 to transport sand, the line has carried a steam-hauled passenger service since 1968 and now houses one of the largest collections of narrow gauge locomotives in the United Kingdom."

Moseley Railway Trust - "The Trust's aim is to locate a site where it can build a museum and a railway to display its collection of industrial narrow gauge equipment that has been gathered from various industries around the UK in the last 30 years, and in doing so we aim to educate and entertain both the general public and the railway enthusiast."

The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum in Wales - Based at Tywyn on the Talyllyn Railway.

Narrow Gauge Railway Society - they also maintain an extensive list of links to other narrow gauge sites.

Narrow Gauge Quarry Hunslets - Mark Adlington's list of quarry Hunslets and where they are now. Recommended. This page may move to a new server - please let me know if the link no longer works.

North Ings Farm Railway - "The 2ft gauge railway was first installed in 1971 to serve the chicken farm, handling feed, eggs and waste from cleaning of the sheds. Although the poultry business closed in 1981, the original locomotive and wagons are still used around the farm, and have been joined by six other industrial diesel locomotives, and a steam tram engine. The line has been extended over the years and now forms a circuit of just over 1/4 mile."

The Old Kiln Light Railway - A 2' gauge line with some steam and an impressive collection of internal combustion locos.

Ruston & Hornsby Locomotives

Simplex (narrow gauge) Locomotives

40hp Armoured/protected Simplex - also-known-as a "Tin Turtle"

Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway - "The only preserved narrow gauge industrial railway in the South East (of England)"

The Slate Industry of North and Mid Wales

South Tynedale Railway - "England’s Highest Narrow Gauge Railway"

The Talyllyn Railway - "The Talyllyn Railway is an historic narrow-gauge steam railway, set in the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside. Running from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol, the line passes the delightful Dolgoch Falls and there are excellent forest walks at Nant Gwernol." If you go to "For the Enthusiast", then "Photo Gallery", there are some links to other Talyllyn sites.

Alan Newble's Talyllyn Railway Photo Gallery

Volker´s Feldbahn-Salon - German language site for "field railway" enthusiasts.

Waldeisenbahn Muskau e.V. - 600mm gauge forest railway in Eastern Germany. Most of the site is in German text, however there is a small history of the line in English.

War Department Light Railways - information on the 60cm light railways used by all sides during the First World War.

The West Lancashire Light Railway - "The West Lancashire Light Railway is a two foot gauge passenger carrying railway located in the village of Hesketh Bank midway between Preston and the resort of Southport. The line features a number of interesting locomotives and other railway equipment brought together from industrial lines in the immediate locality, from elsewhere in Great Britain and from overseas."


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Prototype sites of general interest to light railway enthusiasts (rest of World)

Mark Rollins pages on American geared locos including: Shay, Heisler, Climax and Dunkirk

Children's Railways of formerly USSR – Past and Present  - mostly Russian language site with English summaries but also many photographs

Climax Locomotives

Geared Steam Locomotive Works

Shay Locomotives

New Zealand Geared Locomotives


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"Other" websites (i.e. those with nothing (or very little) to do with railways but that are nonetheless interesting)

Intuitor Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics

Old Maps (of the United Kingdom)

Subterranea Britannica includes some information on railway subjects


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