ABOUT BARRETT STEAM MODELS LTD
John Barrett started Barrett Engineering in 1980 building GW Pannier tanks in the back of his garage. He initially only built ready to run locomotives, but as the production team grew and his son Steven joined the company, a range of kits was produced.
In 2013 John Barrett retired, and Steven took over as director. The company changed its name to Barrett Steam Models LTD, and with its current 5 members of staff, produces around 50 loco kits a year.
Last year (2020) our company quietly celebrated its 40th birthday, with the hope of a more public celebration in the future. Our range currently includes over 20 different locos and a small selection of gauge 1 accessories, including a footbridge and station benches. A range of Dean Clerestory coaches is also being redesigned ready for production next year.
Looking to the future, the business is hoping to progress into larger gauges, with a Gauge 3 model currently going through its prototype stage.
About Gauge 1
Gauge 1 is usually regarded as one of the largest model railway scales. Its size allows the reliable operation for live steam models, as well as electric models.
There are currently multiple scales related to gauge 1.
10mm: 1 ft ( 1/30.5 scale) is the current scale we use for our models. Established in 1920 by H.Greenly it is still the most predominant scale used for Gauge 1 in the UK.
3/8" : 1 ft (1/32 scale) is a finer scale used more recently by overseas commercial manufacturers.
For those of you thinking of building a Gauge 1 layout, the following dimensions may be useful:
minimum curve radius is 7ft for short 0-6-0 locos
8 ft radius is suitable for most 4-6-0`s
9ft will suit all but the largest pacific locos
A 10ft radius should suit all British prototypes
The Gauge One Model Railway Association
This association now has over 2000 members worldwide, representing every area of the hobby.
Most of the associations activities involve 'Get togethers', where members with suitable garden railways open there gardens for other members to go and run there engines. There are some larger regional groups forming, enabling larger events and meetings to take place.
For more information about Gauge 1, please feel free to visit the following website: