Roger Leigh is a live-steam model railway enthusiast with life-long love of railways and model engineering. He is the owner of Sussex Engineering Limited which provides precision machining services, and manufactures miniature die-cast tooling. Northern Fine Scale is a subsidiary of this company. Unable to find suitable rolling stock for his own garden railway, Roger decided to produce a high quality goods wagon kit for the Gauge 1 market. He planned to use plastic injection moulding with high-impact polystyrene to build "British outline" (British railway style) wagons with consistently superior quality, durability, and detail.
The project was the result of many years of discussion with fellow Gauge 1 devotee David Morgan-Kirby. David carried out the research, and is also responsible for the (may we say magnificent) artwork on the "OneBits" transfers we supply.
A list was drawn up of the ideal kit:
In 2002 the first moulds were started for a kit to make a private owner 7-plank (side and end door) wagon of the Charles Roberts design. The finished product, complete with a range of 10 different liveries, was introduced the same year at the annual general meeting of the Gauge 1 Association
Northern Fine Scale has continued to increase its range of products with, in addition to the 7-plank design, kits for 5-plank wagons, vans, and rectangular tar wagons. Other projects in hand include plans for a small range of coaches, and an even greater variety of wagons for the Gauge 1 garden railway.