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prestwickbar 22-05-2014 04:12 PM

T gauge, a few questions.
I have never modelled in this gauge before so I have a few questions, I would appreciate anything anybody could do to help me with these points:

1) Chassis': These are available from the T gauge society, but just exactly what do they have.
2) Motorisation: I'm guessing that the chassis' aren't motorised, if not, how do you motorise them?
3) Bodyshells: I read somewhere you can make these out of plasticard, if not what do you make them out of also I am thinking of applying a few electra graphics overlays. Do these need bodyshells? I'm GUESSING they do.:confused:

Thank you anyone who replies


Mountain Goat 11-10-2017 05:05 PM

Last Sunday I got to see T gauge running. The first time I've seen it other then online or in magazines. It really is small. Tiny in fact. I had a nice conversation with the owner who was a stall holder and he did say that it took a lot of cleaning before a run. He was saying how small the wheels were and how he needed to remove them to clean them. There's me complaining about cleaning 00 and 0-16.5 wheels! I now see that my wheel cleaning is luxury compared to T gauge.
It was really worth looking at it and to see it running. I can just see making a layout where one can build a large amount of buildings and landscape to make it look like one was flying overhead from an aircraft and looking down... Impressive stuff!

I can say that T gauge locos are motorised and they also have magnets to assist in keeping them on the track so in this way they are well behaved (The one I saw was). Not sure about pointwork or other items like bodies etc.
On a personal note, I like these little things but I would say the best of the small scales would be N gauge as Z tends to be too expensive, and T is microscopic and does need regular cleaning of the track and the tiny wheels.

AviatorAtHeart 13-10-2017 08:13 PM

Can't say a thing about T gauge......
But I know a space marine when I see one!

RogerB 13-10-2017 10:12 PM

Don't understand the Space Marine reference here AaH. What do you mean? R-

Mountain Goat 13-10-2017 10:54 PM

When I saw T for real it really is tiny. Think of a class 153 being about an inch long in T scale and you get the picture.

Mbagfan 13-10-2017 11:24 PM

A class 153 MG? green perhaps :)

AviatorAtHeart 14-10-2017 08:05 AM

Prestwick bars avatar!

Links to my space marine miniatures.....
(Approx 1:35 scale)

It's a table top fantasy war game that children of the 80s and onwards play/played!

Very exciting dice game......kind of like chess, but with more luck.
(Dice are luck, not so for chess which is pure skill)

It's how I got into figure painting.

RogerB 14-10-2017 09:29 AM

Ah, thank you. I must get out more. R-

AviatorAtHeart 14-10-2017 10:02 AM

Eeeeh it's only what you know!
(Not meaning to be rude but.....)
Not sure what age/era you're from......
There must be odd things from your generation that inspire cherished memories of days gone know like flares, or big shirt collars :) well maybe not those things!
You know the jet age, the golden era of jets not the computer designed ones, but the flamboyant designs. Bakelite radios! The compact phones.
But for toys.......connect four, the Rubik's cube, hero quest......etc.

Mike Parkes 14-10-2017 09:02 PM

Pretty large range of items available from

Postman Prat 14-10-2017 09:17 PM

I remember seeing Sputnick 1 going across the night sky.
Those strange things AAH mentioned are outside my little world!!

Chops 13-11-2017 03:49 PM

Good grief. How long before Tn3?

hallrailways 01-07-2018 10:31 PM

I was amazed a few years ago at a t gauge layout of the settle to carlisle line in t gauge, it was the size and the fact you could fit it and have a full scene in a small space!

tersono 02-07-2018 05:59 PM

I had a T gauge train set a while back, but I put it down and now I can't find it... ;)

To answer the question, however - you can buy both motorised and unmotorised chassis. They come ina a transparent bodyshell which you can use as a base for something more train-like. Check out for what's available.

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