Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club
Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club
Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club

Forum & Discussion groups

Whether you are thinking of getting into the hobby for the first time, or you are a serious modeler looking for specific help, there are forums on-line which can answer all your questions.

Browse the categories and you may find your question already answered, or join a group and post your own request. If you have knowledge to share, helping others can also be very rewarding.

Below are a several sites to jump start your investigation...

How are G-gauge trains powered?

Old steam locomotive green and black World War generation isolated on white background. Vector Illustration
Locomotives can be either track powered by a variable DC power supply, or be battery powered. Many large scale modelers begin simply with track power, which can later be converted to battery power.

Due to the large size of the locomotives it is also possible for them to be powered with live steam. The latter are fired by butane or alcohol.

Remote Control: In a nutshell there is DCC (Digital Command & Control) and RC (radio control). RC can either control the engine directly with a receiver installed in the locomotive (or in a trailing car) or with a base receiver controlling the track power. There are advantages and disavantages to both types

Can you run live steam and track power at the same time?
Some live steam locomotives can be run at the same time as track powered engines, providing the wheels are insulated. As a general rule it's not something that is recommended for a beginner.

How do I become a Member?

We are always on the lookout for new members who will join our club to share our passion, and become active participants.

If you are currently into large scale trains, or just thinking about getting into this family hobby, consider joining us, for less than the cost of a lunch for two!

Enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded kids at heart. To learn more, click on the button below.

How do I sell my train stuff?

Can the GVGRC help me sell my train stuff ?

We are contacted occasionally by members, and by visitors outside the club, for advice on how to sell or dispose of complete train collections, or individual train items. Since members of the Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club are primarliy into G-scale, that is where our interests lie.

To better determine how we can assist you:

~ We would need to know the basic area that you, or the equipment is in. (part of the BC lower mainland, White Rock, etc)

~ What is the scale/size of the train set?

~ Do you have a list and/or pictures of what you want to dispose of?

~ Do you have an idea of prices you want?

~ Condition of items:  like new, in boxes, lightly used or well used.

~ Have you already attempted to list your items online, such as Marketplace, or eBay?

You can reach out to us on our 'Conatct Us' web page here, and provide as much detail as possible.

Trains For Sale

How-to Articles

The following are a few helpful "How-to" articles, written by our members:

Layout Construction

List of Model Railway Clubs

Wikipedia maintains a list of all model railway clubs worldwide, and is an excellent resource to locate clubs in your area, or just for general interest.

The site is comprehensive, and relieves this webmaster from trying to re-invent the wheel, and keep another asset up-to-date. Win-win.

So, do check it out ...

Read more on Wikipedia

Live Steam ~ what is that all about?

Scale versus gauge...

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.

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.

Read more on Wikipedia

Where to buy G-scale items...

Frequently Asked Questions:
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