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 Posted: Fri Mar 17th, 2017 09:42 am
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Richard A-J
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Hello folks, I would like to introduce an even smaller gauge than Z. Is anyone here aware of T gauge? Perhaps you are but think 'Now that's just being silly".
 
It has now taken over from Z gauge as the smallest mass produced model railway scale - https://www.tgauge.com/
 
And if you are thinking the movement must be rubbish, well I think you will be surprised - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ6y5VvLXok
 
Considering its size, notice soon after 2:05 how well it comes to a stop. They can start just as accurately. That modeller seems to be confused about the scale, it is actually 1:450 scale. Many T gaugers are using 3D printing to print out their own stock, someone is even working on a Big Boy. The gauge has it's own dedicated forum and Facebook page which are reasonably active.
 
I actually model in O gauge, but I have a keen interest in using the smaller scales to represent the smaller gauges. Within O gauge T gauge represents 5 inch gauge. Here it is next to my other ventures into the other gauges to give you an idea of size:-





 
From the back: Standard gauge  -  2ft / 3ft  -  15 inch (N gauge)  -  10 inch (Z gauge, just the track, sleepers altered)  -  at the front is T gauge representing 5 inch gauge . The brass O scale 5 inch gauge coach was my first attempt at scratch building. Since that photo I now have a T gauge locomotive.
 
Technology is getting smaller and smaller these days. I guess at some point we'll be able to have an O gauge layout on our O gauge layouts (UH!). I do know about Tiny Trains by the way (and smaller one offs), which at 1:900 scale I calculate to be equivalent within O scale to 1:20 scale (Fn2 and 3). Is anyone following this? ….. How are the old cogs up top coping with an eccess of scales and gauges? Well, before they seeze up completely, here's the fantastic movement of tiny trains:-
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzk6YhiCvbo
 
There is no motor inside the locomotives at this scale, they are worked via a conveyor belt system underneath. It could be a garden railway on an O scale layout. Trouble is they are quite a hefty price.
 
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 Posted: Fri Mar 17th, 2017 12:23 pm
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There are several people here in the San Antonio, TX area that have been using T Gauge for several years. They picked up their trains on a trip to Japan.

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(reaching for the microscope) let's have some operation!.
Now (somewhat) more seriously, they seem to be a few operating "live steam" layouts within regular ones looming in the future.
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Beats me what T gauge would translate to in width in O scale, but I bet someone is looking to do an O scale shell over one of these running gears in that scale. On9 seems silly enough but I bet someone is looking for a gauge so close together that it’ll look like a monorail!



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There's a forum dealing with that gauge.
You need 'magnetraction' in order to operate somewhat reliably, so steel rails are a must. Played around with it when it was introduced a few years ago. Inevitably the trackwork, couplers, and wheels look too coarse IMHO in comparison with the delicate superstructures. So it's fine to represent garden railways after all.


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I have converted to battery powered radio control so guess what? I reckon it is possible to RC T gauge ..... BUT ... that is only because I am using it to represent 5 inch gauge. You see, the driver of a 5 inch gauge locomotive usually has to sit on a trolley behind it, I am aiming to fit the battery and RC equipment in that trolley, which can be bigger than the T gauge locomotive.
 

Confused? Well, I will explain with photos on the RC Board when I get around to that project.


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The top brass told me to make a new Forum for this T business


Said they are about the smallest trains around


Too small for me



I can't even park my Cadillac without a fender bender !


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Here's an idea for those in 1:24-1:20.3 scale...build a nice "ranch house" model with a garden railroad using these "motorized ants". How about a Micro layout with the house and garden line? Wow, that might make some fellows sit up and take notice!

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That's a great idea Woodie.  The problem for me is that this is just too dang small for my liking.  Don't get me wrong, T gauge is absolutely amazing, but there's a limit. I've got steady hands, 20/20 vision and the patience of a saint, but N scale is about as small as I would dare go.
For those brave souls trying T gauge, I say pour on the coal. You really are on the frontier of the hobby, making small trains that run well, operate well, and are a joy to run.
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 Posted: Sat Mar 18th, 2017 11:48 pm
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James, you are right on about too small! Geez, I find that HO is even too small for my tastes now. But larger than 1:35 seems to be too dadgum big! What's a feller to do?

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