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When you enter our house the first thing you see are the yards and yards of
track going this way and that. These pages are dedicated to the obscure and wonderful
world of Gauge 1 Model Railroads.
What is Gauge 1 ? This means 1:32 prototypically accurate model railroads.
Not to be confused with G Scale (= IIm) which is narrow gauge II run on the same width of
track as Gauge 1 in a 1:22.5 scale. A lot of American Gauge 1 (like Aristocraft) is really
1:29 . Gauge 1 is mostly focused on German and Swiss prototypes, and most of
the producers, dealers, and enthusiasts are in German speaking places. But on these pages
we'll look at it from the stand point of an American hobbyist who happens to like German
prototypes. (Also 6000 foot long American freight trains are a bit silly in 1:32. Do the
Why is Gauge 1 Cool ? It's BIG. Trains rumble and grumble like the real
thing. You can hear couplings compress. It's detailed. Also unlike the more popular
scales, it's not just a few big companies with standard products, instead there are lots
of small, family businesses involved. Plus it's a good family hobby. I can run my
prototypical big trains. And my daughter can play with the people and the animals.
Why is Gauge 1 so obscure in America ? Because Märklin
is doing a terrible job of marketing it. G scale does great in America - houses and
gardens are large, the weather's nice, there's certainly room for it. In
Germany Gauge I has become a lot more popular lately. For a long time Märklin
was the only game in town, but lately Hübner
and Kiss have lots of great
new models, and even Märklin
has gotten their act together. With all these beautiful models and
accessories, Gauge I has become a more attractive hobby than ever!
These pages describe my layout and give a bit of an overview of
Gauge I. Happy browsing!