Gauge I Q&A
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How Big Is It ? Where do I put it ?
big. You need 1M radius curves minimum. For big engines you need 2.5M curves.
Indoors this can be a problem. What I've done is to fill an unused dining room simply with
the station/yard complex, and then lay track into the living room to produce an acceptably
long mainline. That way I have a conventional layout of moderate proportions, and
the mainline doesn't bother anyone, it simply snakes around the furniture and under the
What kind of track should I use ? Conductivity ?
track is the basic thing; it works well enough but it has real conductivity problems
unless you use the 56031 track clips. To get real you need Hübner track. They have the
big curves you need for realism. Their track also has better connections. It's compatible
with the Marklin track. If you want to go real high end, Hegob makes really fancy track,
with Schnellfahrweichen for high speed operation.
How much does it cost ?
$200 for a locomotive, $100 for cars
Märklin Maxi - essentially toys. Works
well, very sturdy, pretty, cute, fun. Your kids will love playing with it. So will you.
But it's not prototypical.
$800-1000 for a locomotive
Märklin Maxi - the
recent Maerklin Maxi locomotives like the BR18 or the V60 cost a
little more, but are very detailed and have first class electronics
in them. With their all metal construction these are a fine addition
to any layout.
$1500 for a locomotive, $250 for cars
Märklin Spur I -
the "Profi" Gauge I models - mostly these are the older
Plastic models originally designed by Hübner.
Hübner - Makes
absolutely perfect mixed metal/plastic models built in China. A few
years ago they were actually priced under Märklin,
but lately prices have risen with the increasing detail of the
models. Their E94 and VT98 are lovely to behold. The cars are also
very, very impresive.
Kiss - Kiss
used to just make expensive handbuilt models, but have taken to mass
producing their all metal models, still by hand, in Korea. Their
specialty is really detailed all metal steam engines like the
Kesselbauer - These models are a weird mixture of good
design and bad construction. The cars are affordable, and once you
glue them back together, add real wheels, couplings and brakes,
actually pretty nice. The locomotives are too flaky to deal with.
But if you like building your own cars, the Kesselbauer cars are a
3000-10000DM for a locomotive, 2000DM for a car
Everything else - Dingler,Proform, Fulgurex,Lemaco, etc. beautiful handmade brass or steel models in
What can one get ? If you look around you can get everything
you need! See also the information page.
Locomotives and cars - almost all the manufacturers offer that
Track - Märklin, Hübner,
Hegob, Kesselbauer all offer different
kinds of track. Märklin and Hübner together provide the most reasonable
combination from a price/performance standpoint.
Signals - Märklin, Kesselbauer, Besig
Turntables - Besig
Buildings - Märklin, Lokfuehrer-Lukas
Where can I buy them ?
In Germany many good hobby shops carry Gauge 1
Order over the internet, see the information page.
Go to the big Gauge 1 show in Sinnsheim every June.