Starting out

You may well have stood at model railway exhibitions and watched larger scale trains rush around and thought how impressive are those sights and sounds. It is almost certain that the largest scale you have seen will have been Gauge 1 (10mm to 1 foot scale).

If you think those models have 'presence' then be prepared for the shock of being introduced to models of a scale more than one-third larger (and that equates to 2½ times the volume or mass of those Gauge 1 models).

If you have admired the 'clackety-clack' of those smaller scale wheels, then just imagine the roar of these giants of the model railway world as their huge mass pounds along the track, over bridges and through tunnels.

At this point, you are probably thinking, 'Yes, very nice but I could never afford that nor do I have the ability to build such models'. We aim to convince you that these widely-held views are not reliable and that Gauge 3 is a scale which has moved forward in the past few years and is fast becoming the choice of modellers graduating from the smaller scales.


Since you have ventured this far, it is to be assumed that you may be a willing convert to Gauge 3 but I expect you will have a lot of questions to which you require answers.

1) Wouldn't I need to win the Lottery to afford it?....... No, think again!
Locomotive kits start from as little as 215 GBP and are easy to construct with nothing more than basic modelling skills and hand tools.   

2) Isn't my garden far too small?......... No, If you have a garden you have space!
Obviously, if you own a country estate then your railway can be as large as you can afford but Gauge 3 Society members do not fall in that category. One member  built a fully-featured line in an area just 25 ft square!

3) Don't  I need to be an experienced model engineer?..... No!
Many of today's Gauge 3 kits are easier to build than a 4mm scale kit!  GRS offer a wide range of locomotive kits which are easily built using little more than files, a saw, screwdrivers, small spanners and a soldering iron! There is no wrestling with tiny parts and a magnifying glass as in the small scales!  

4) Won't the English climate ruin my track and stock?........ No!
Modern trackwork is robust and of rot-proof material while the locos and stock are robust and able to operate in almost any weather. Buildings and accessories are constructed of weatherproof resins and similar materials.

5) What if I move house and cannot keep the railway?..... There is a ready market for good quality, well-cared-for models in Gauge 3.
You need only attend one of the Gauge 3 Society's events to witness how quickly items are snapped up from the ' Bring and Buy' stalls. The value of quality items holds up well, aided by the limited supply (unlike smaller gauges where 'ready-to run' items can be bought from numerous outlets).


Now you've read this far, if you're interested to learn a bit more, have a look at the history of Gauge 3, or alternatively, have a look through the site, and more importantly, come get involved.