Welcome to the official website of the Gauge '3' Society. We are here to support and promote modelling in Gauge '3': Standard gauge railways running on 2½ inch gauge track.


Amongst our membership we have collectors of vintage trains, those with high pressure live steam locomotives, garden railways with continuous circuits for fast steam running and those with smaller railways using 2-rail, battery or radio control. All are equally welcome in the Gauge 3 Society.

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The Gauge 3 Society AGM - 29th May 2021

The 30th AGM of the Gauge '3' Society was held on Saturday 29th May 2021 at The Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, Beds. MK45 1AH.

Minutes of the 29th Gauge '3' Society AGM are available in the Members-only section of this website, as is the Members version of this announcement. Minutes of the 20201 AGM will be published shortly.

There was the usual Annual Show with most of our normal traders in attendance, with the 'Mangapps' G3 exhibition layout inside the Lockyer Suite. Cliff Barker also had his large G3 running track outside in the car park. Seating was available so that visitors could sit and watch the trains running. Refreshments were available for either take-away or table service at the Rufus Café. Alternatively, visitors were able to bring a packed lunch and picnic outside.

YouTube - The Gauge '3' Society AGM & Show - Flitwick May 29th 2021 

The following Traders attended;

•    Apple Tree Railway
•    Barrett Steam Models Ltd
•    Buxton Model Works
•    Cliff Barker Track
•    Ieuan Lewis' Bookstall 
•    Kippo Models
•    Marston Models
•    Peter Korzilius' Models
•    Walsall Model Industries
•    Woodbury Models

Members who requested details of the Members Messaging Service (MMS) at the AGM Meeting should contact the G3S Webmaster via the contact page of this website. Please state your full name, email address and Membership number.

30th Anniversary Celebrations Postponed to 2021

At the Society Committee meeting on 23rd July, the committee took into consideration Members’ responses about attending the planned 30th anniversary celebrations planned for 26th September, the current Government guidelines for meetings and the interpretation of these by The Rufus Centre.  In view of these, which would mean that it would not be the intimate birthday celebration that we had planned, and that a large number of members would not be attending, the committee decided to postpone the 30th birthday celebrations to next year.

The Rufus Centre has now been booked for Saturday 18th September 2021, for our Society 30th Anniversary celebrations.  We hope to see you all there.

Roy Horrocks, Secretary, Gauge 3 Society Committee

Class 25 - New from ALD Models

Available as a kit or RTR - the new Class 25 from ALD Models. Each kit will include all components to build the model as pictured, including grilles, cab furnishing/glazing and axle-hung motor-gearboxes on each axle, but excludes radio control, battery, sound-lighting gear, paint/transfers and solder/adhesives. The kit is currently priced at £1,050 and the prototype model was shown running at the Flitwick Show on the 29th May.

Barratt J65 GER Electric or Live Steam Locomotive

The Barratt J65 is available as a RTR electric or Spirit-Fired Steam engine (in Kit or RTR forms)

The locomotive has a brass etched body and steel mainframes, with kits having all castings and fittings fully machined. The spirit-fired engines are equipped with twin cylinders, slip eccentrics, hand & axle pumps, lubricator
safety valve, boiler and controls. 

J65 Electric RTR      £2,450
J65 Spirit-fired Kit  £2,150 
J65 Spirit-fired RTR   £3,950

Gauge 3 Excellence - featuring the work of Barry C. Lane & Dick Allan 
From the Gauge 3 Society Shop - Gauge 3 Buffer Stops in brass or stainless steel
ALD Models Class 25
Barratt GER J65.webp

Interested in Gauge 3? Have a read of a little history, and see how you can get involved.

If you're thinking of joining the Society, have a read of what we might be able to offer you.

Here you'll find links to traders who will have Gauge 3 items for sale.

The Gauge '3' Society - A Company Limited by Guarantee

Registered in England & Wales with Company Number 08174106

Registered Office: Cedar Cottage, Denham Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, SL9 0QQ.Email : secretary@gauge3.org.uk

The Gauge '3' Society is not VAT registered and prices shown on this website are not subject to the addition of VAT.