Other Major Gauges
New South Wales
Wide (connecting Vic)
Standard (connecting NSW) , 2ft (sugar cane trains)
Standard (connecting NSW and WA), Wide (connecting Vic)
Standard (connecting SA and in the Pilbara mining region)
Dual Standard/Wide (connecting SA and NSW)
Some of most common railway modelling scales and gauges are:
Name of Gauge/scale
G and ‘1’
Numerous (G), 1:32 (1)
1:43.5 (UK), 1:45(Europe), 1:48 (N. America)
’00’ and ‘H0’
1:76.2 (00), 1:87 (H0)
1:148 (UK), 1:160 (most of the world)
It given the range of gauges and scales it seems that model railways are as standard as the Australian Railway system! But, the gauge I like most is N. That is 9mm gauge which is 160 times smaller than standard gauge. The reasons for this are:
- The gauge corresponds to N-scale which is 1:160 (or 1:148) which are commonly used scales good for scenic model railways;
- N-gauge allows a lot to be packed into a small area including fairly tight radius curves;
- Because it is commonly used there are many manufacturers of 1:160 and 1:148 scale products meaning it may not be as necessary to scratch build too much stuff, especially locomotives.
- N-scale products are often available set up for either DC or DCC operations, with only HO and OO scales being better represented for DCC. This allows me to decide whether I want DC or DCC.
- I also already have two DC locomotives in British N-scale (1:148) as well as coaches, wagons and some scenic items that I’ve previously used for my small experimental DC layout.