A Garratt In Miniature

Why an NGG16?

Why not!… You can’t really get much bigger than a narrow gauge Garratt in 5″ gauge and thinking of the long term, I needed a big project to get stuck into – something that would challenge me and allow me to learn new skills along the way.

I’ve had a short list for several years now…

*Welsh Highland Railway, Russell 2-6-2 (Hunslet)
*Tasmanian Railways, K1 Garratt 0-4-0 + 0-4-0 (Beyer Peacock)
*Lynton And Barnstable Railway, Lyn, 2-6-2 (Manning Wardle)

All had their pros and cons, but ultimately, it kept coming back to the NGG16, the elegant and powerful South African 2′ Garratt. For those not familiar with the 16, it’s a 2-6-2 + 2-6-2 Beyer Peacock Garratt, built right here in the Northwest of England in Manchester. Many 16’s can still be seen operating in South Africa and there are currently 3 working example over at the Welsh Highland Railway in Caernarfon. We even have one being restored in my hometown!

7 responses to “Why an NGG16?

  1. Bryn Morgan September 16, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Good on ya mate!!! SAR Steam is the way to go! Well done for choosing a superb loco, you are going to be the envy of everyone wherever you go. You should come to one of my Association’s UK South African Live Steam Meets, might be having one again next year and would love you to bring along your progress to show everyone!

    Look forward to your updates!

    Kind Regards

    Bryn Morgan
    SARSPA CEO/Founder

    • ngg16 September 16, 2010 at 6:01 pm

      Hi Bryn,

      Many thanks for your kind comments. Sounds like a great idea! Keep me posted and i’ll try and bring something over to show progress. I might have something that looks a bit more like half a loco by then!

      Regards, Chris

  2. Bryn Morgan April 19, 2012 at 11:41 am

    What scale are you modelling to (how many inches to the foot) and what will the total width and height of your loco be when completed?



    • ngg16 April 19, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      Hi Bryn,

      It is 1:5 scale (5″ gauge), about 10′ long by 2′ high by 17.5″ wide when complete. When will it be complete? That’s a very open ended question! Hopefully in the next few years, but in honesty, i’ve no real idea what i’ll encounter along the way. I’m rebuilding my 5″ Hunslet at the moment and then a house move is looking likely this year – all will get in the way of completion.

      Cheers, Chris

      • Bryn Morgan April 20, 2012 at 12:58 am

        The scale should be 2.5″ to the foot if running on 5″ gauge or 1:4.8 full size since it is 2ft Narrow Gauge that the prototype runs on. 3’6″ Gauge or “Cape Gauge” (which is considered “standard gauge” in South Africa but is Narrow Gauge compared to UK gauge) is modelled at 1.5″ to the foot while 2ft Gauge (Narrow Gauge) is modelled at 2.5″ to the foot. In reality you may have built the loco under scale slightly.

      • ngg16 April 20, 2012 at 9:06 am

        Trust me Bryn, the loco is built to scale! 1:4.808 (around 1:5) scale or 2.496″ to the foot.

      • Bryn Morgan April 20, 2012 at 9:10 am

        Ok, I see now. I have scaled to 2.5″ to the foot and you have scaled 2.496″ to the foot. Soweeee!! Wanna build a 5″ NG15 too?

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