What is the differance between Scale & Gauge?

SCALE: Describes the size of a model compared to the real thing. For example, "G" scale (on average) is 1:29 (1 to 29; 1/29 of life size; you'd need 29 of an item strung end-to-end to be the same length as the real thing)


GAUGE Refers to the distance between the rails.

The rails on life-sized track are 4' 8-1/2" (56.5") inches apart (measuring the inside edges). Narrow gauge track has the rails closer than that- 36", 24"; many variations of narrow gauge exist.

What are the scales in Large Scale Model Railroading?

Large scale can range from 1:32 to 1:20.3, with 1:29. the most popular. All large scale trains use the same track gauge.

How is Large Scale powered and is there any sort of remote control?

Power: Most large scale engines use track power, which can be converted to battery power. The other form of power is live steam (fire & water) to create steam to drive the engine.

Remote Control: In a nutshell there is DCC (digital command & control) and RC (radio control). RC can either control the engine itself or the track. There are advantages and disavantages to both types

Can you run live steam and track power at the same time?

Some live steam can be run at the same time as the track is live providing the wheels are insulated. As a general rule it's not something that is recommended for a beginner.


That question is asked the most.
G Scale is a scale for model railroads and because of its size and durability is most often used outdoors in the garden, although many modelers have indoor layouts. It is not uncommon for people to start out with a circle of track around the Christmas tree, the track eventually being moved to the garden for year round usage.




Here we answer your questions about our club and our website. We have tried to include some of the most asked questions. If you need a question answered, please contact us from our contact page.


1. Can I sign up to the forum without becomming a member of the G.V.G.R.C.?

Answer: Sorry but you must be a member in good standing. You can still access the public areas of the forum as a guest.


2. Can I still get questions answered as a guest if I send an e-mail?

Answer: We leave that up to our members, but in most cases you should get an answer, if you leave your name in the post.


3. I have lost my password for the Members area, how can I get it reset?

Answer: The GVGRC Web site will automatically send a new password to your registered e-mail address when you click the "Forgot Password Button". This dialog box comes up when you enter an incorrect username or password.

4. We have our own club, can we link to your site?

Answer: Absolute! We only ask that you link to our home page only.


5. Reserved for future Question.

6. Reserved for future Question.