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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Notice of Gauge 3 Society AGM - 29th May 2021

Notice is hereby given to Members that the 30th AGM of the Gauge '3' Society will be held at 12:00 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.

There will be the usual Annual Show with most of our normal traders in attendance, with a Gauge '3' exhibition layout inside the Lockyer Suite. Cliff Barker will also have his large G3 running track outside in the car park. Seating will be available so visitors can sit and watch the trains running. Refreshments will be available for either take-away or table service at the Rufus Café. Alternatively, visitors can bring a packed lunch and picnic outside.


The show will be open from 10:00am to 4:30pm.

To comply with COVID-Secure guidance, face masks will have to be worn inside the Centre. To comply with Government guidelines, we will also be limited to one hundred people inside the hall at any one time but there will be the large G3 outside track with both live-steam and battery electric trains running through the day.

Roy Horrocks, Secretary, Gauge 3 Society Committee

Members please note: If you are planning to bring a live steam loco to run at the AGM, you will need to present a valid boiler/steam test certificate. Certificates that expired last year are not valid and we will not be undertaking boiler testing on the day. We are arranging boiler testing days before the show, although these sessions will be restricted to those Members planning to run at the show. The following days have so far been arranged:  Essex - 10th May (contact Roy Horrocks);  Bedfordshire 12th May & 22nd May (contact Ted Sadler).

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

Alan Marsden - Founding Member, The Gauge '3' Society
We are very sad to announce that Alan passed away on Sunday, 2nd May after a short illness. Alan was a founding member of the Gauge '3' Society and the Get-Togethers at his garden railway in Ampthill were always popular and well attended. Alan was a skilled builder of small live steam locomotives, an experienced boiler inspector and a wonderful source of help and advice to many Society Members over the years. A small donation box always sat besides the tea urn at Alan's GTG's and on boiler testing days. Over the 25 plus years of Ampthill GTG's, many thousands of pounds were collected and donated to a local Children's Hospital.
Our deep condolences go to Maureen and the family on this sad occasion.
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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Registered Office: Cedar Cottage, Denham Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, SL9 0QQ.Email : secretary@gauge3.org.uk

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