Posted By therbert on 19 Oct 2009 02:52 PM
Everything tacfoley said is absolutely true, except that 3/4" scale runs on 3 1/2" gauge track. 1" scale equiipment runs on 4 3/4" or 5" depending on where in the world you happen to be.
3/4" scale is also enjoying a resurgence here in the US. My new elevated railway that is starting construction at the end of the month will have a 3 1/2" gauge loop on it, as well as two Gauge 1 tracks. But, as he says, it is a builder's scale -- it's unlikely that you would find any ready-to-run models, unless they are just like what you're looking at now, something that was built years ago, that is just coming back into the light of day. Also Kozo Hiraoka's books are producing some fine locos -- two different Shays, a Heisler, a Climax and a Pennsy A4 0-4-0 switcher.
You can look at http://www.friendsmodels.com/
to see what's becoming available in this scale, and another site that will give you a feel for what is going on is http://www.chaski.org/homemachinist
. There's a lot of discussion about this scale there.
A great source of knowledge about the larger scale live steam engines is going to be your local Live Steam club, if you have one.
I hold up my paw to this one.
It's been a loooooooong day paiinting six doors, two coats, both sides, and I'm tired. That's MY excuse. If there was a 'delete' button I'd use it, prolly on myself, the way I feel right now.
Of course, none of you guys have ever made a mistake, right?