Erik-Jan Stroetinga "Dacre" narrow gauge loco


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4-6-0 Royal Scot
gauge:   1
railway:  LMS
butane fired

0-6-2 GER 1003
3.5" gauge
railway: GER
Coal fired

0-4-0 Dacre
gauge:   0/1
railway:  Wales NG
butane fired


0-4-2 GWR 14xx class
5" gauge
railway:  GWR
Coal fired

Wagons  (Update)

0-6-0 T3
7.25" gauge:  
railway:  Germany KWStE
Coal  fired




This is a freelance model of a typical narrow gauge locomtive as used in Wales on gauge 0 or 1. It was build early 2001 over a period of 12 weeks.

This small narrow gauge loco has outside frames. This makes it possible that the wheels can be shifted over the axles.
Two cylinders with slide valves, slip eccentric valve gear, a single flue boiler and a gas burner make up the 'works' of this 300 mm long locomotive.

The design is based on Peter Jones 'Dacre' and Roundhouse models.


In october 2005 I've build some goods wagons to go with it.

Information of this freelance design is available on the fabulous web-site of Dick Summerfield.  (klick here for his site) . On his site you'll find lots of other practical information about the 16mm narrow gauge scale.

We started this project in early 2001 and it was designed, built, tested and painted over a period of 12 weeks.

Because this is an outside framed locomotive, there is a possibility to slide the wheels over the axles. They can be positioned in either gauge 0 (32mm) or gauge 1 (45mm). This dual gauge locomotive can therefore be steamed on many model railways.

Three locomotives were build at first (by Dick, Arie and me), fired either with gas of spirit. The design was published and since a few more have been build in Holland, Germany and even UK with success.

View of the platework of the loco


The completion of the full drawing set and writing a series of articles about the construction this locomotive (in Dutch) took more than a year. It was published in a monthly magazine “Onder Stoom”. Take a look at their web-site (Dutch only)

The full scale printed version of the drawing set is available at the “Nederlandse Vereniging van Modelbouwers”. Take a look at their web-site (Dutch and English).

Or take a look at "Downloads" on this site.

In October 2005 I've build three wagons for the locomotive, to make up a train. These very simplified wagons are scratch build according to standard 16mm NG practice and were loosely based on GWR prototypes.

An open wagon was constructed from ice lollie sticks and has a wooden frame.

A so called ‘Iron Mink’ (GWR telegraph code name for an enclosed van) was made up from 0.75mm steel sheet.
 It has a steel under body.

A well wagon was simply made of metal sheet with a wooden floor glued on top.
As load I've used a small steam locomobile that my father made many years ago.

The wheels have a diameter of 25 mm on the open wagon and the van, the well wagon has wheels of only 20 mm diameter. The axle runs on small roller bearings which are fitted in brass axle guards.

These were milled from solid.  

This is what 16 mm NG is all about: Running live steam trains.


Inner space between a 5" gauge and 3.5 gauge track is just 32 mm. So the Dacre can be run on a raised track.


Martin driving the "Dacre" at the Stoomgroep Holland steam-up at the Rijnhal at Arnhem 30 october 2004. Rolling stock of Dick behind the locomotive.


Just painted, however without numbers and name plates.    

The small loco, with the gauge set to 32 mm.. This way it can run on the track between the rails of the 3.5" and 5" gauge track.

At a garden steam-up in Eindhoven a collection of 16 mm ng loco's

The loco with a train on it's way

'Emma' on the embankment

Rijnhal Arnhem 2005

'Iron Mink' Goods van under construction

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