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Old 03-28-2011, 01:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Gauge 3 the forgotton gauge for live steam

Gauge 3, over 100 years old and still a mystery.
Even the Bassett Lowke Flying Scotsman in steam in the video is 50 plus years old!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuklxoABETw

Other engine running is custom made and only10 years old. Some of the 'oldies' might not have been too accurate with details but I have always felt they have character

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Old 03-28-2011, 01:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I haven't forgotten it, but I switched to F scale (1:20.3.) I still have the gauge-3 trucks from a 1:22.5 4-6-0 tender.
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Old 03-28-2011, 01:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Trevor, Your engine looks wonderful with that rake of Teak coaches..
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Trevor - I'd dispute that it's forgotten, but rather offer the opinion that few of us in UK have the space to give these beautiful machines the full justice they deserve!

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That was beautiful, just to clear up my own personal ignorance what is the track gauge in Gauge 3? What is the scale ratio?
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That was beautiful, just to clear up my own person ignorance what is the track gauge in Gauge 3? What is the scale ratio?

http://www.gauge3.org.uk/about.html

Scale is 1:22.5. Gauge is 63.5mm or 2 1/2". It is the standard gauge to the 45mm narrow gauge.

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Scott,

Some where the math went wrong I think, if F scale is 1 to 20.3 and is 15mm = 1 foot, then #3 scale should be a larger scale than 1 to 22.5 because the stated scale is 13.5mm = 1 foot according to the web page you gave the link to. Please realize that I am not trying to start a war I am just trying to figure this out. When I multiplied 13.5mm X 4.7 (fast approximation of standard gauge) I came up with something very close (63.45) to the versus 63.5mm established track gauge so I feel the 13.5mm to the foot is accurate.
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I just go by the track gauge. If gauge 3 is 2.5 inches and standard gauge is 56.5 inches, that equates to 22.6 or very close to 1:22.5.
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Thanks Trevor, that was fun to watch. I have LBSC's plan for "Green Arrow" in 2.5". It's a tempting project.
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Jim Hadden has dual gauge, 1 and 3. He uses the gauge 1 track for narrow gauge and the gauge 3 track for standard gauge. This way it all looks correct instead of the narrow gauge engines and cars looking so much larger than the standard gauge engines and cars.
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