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.
What's New? - G3 Events & News
30th Anniversary Celebrations - 18th September 2021
Our 30th Anniversary Celebration had to be postponed back in 2020 but it went ahead this month at The Rufus Centre, Flitwick, Bedfordshire.
Doors opened to Members and their Guests at 10.00am with tea and coffee available all day. A pre-packed buffet lunch was also provided, together with a '30th (31st) Birthday Cake' celebration later in the afternoon. Entry and refreshments were provided free to all Members (who had remembered to book their tickets before September 3rd).
There were two G3 exhibition layouts running in the main hall, plus the new 'Kelvedon Main' track which ran both live steam and battery electric locomotives all day outside in the car park. One feature was a live steam LNWR 'Cauliflower' locomotive, new from Williams Models. A number of Gauge '3' Traders were in attendance, together with a G3S 'Bring & Buy' stall and displays of Members models.
Mid afternoon, Roger Marsh gave a short (but most informative) presentation on " How to Build a Live Steam Engine in 13.5 hrs " about how some three hundred small engines had been mass produced in the early days of Garden Railways.
Many old friends were able to reunite and enjoy shared interests after several years of Covid restrictions and cancelled GTG events. In short - a very good time was had by all.
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.
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.
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
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.
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