Large Scale Info

Last Updated: 7 December 2021


Scale? Gauge?

  • Scale = refers to the proportional relationship between a given model and the prototype it is supposed to represent.
  • Gauge = refers to the distance between the two rails upon which our model trains operate.
  • In our model trains, we typically try to represent Standard Gauge (1.435 mm) and Narrow Gauge (1.000 mm) railways in different scales.
  • A common denominator is the use of 45 mm scale track for our model railways, which may represent Narrow Gauge railways at 1:22,5 Scale (1000 / 22,5 = 45) or Standard Gauge railways at 1:32 Scale (1435 / 32 = 45).

Large Scale? G Scale? 

1:32 Scale / 1 Scale

  • 1 Scale – Standard Gauge (1.435 mm) – 45 mm Gauge
  • 1e Scale – Narrow Gauge (1000 mm) – 32 mm Gauge

1:22,5 Scale / II Scale

  • II / 2 Scale – Standard Gauge (1.435 mm) – 64 mm Gauge
  • IIm / 2m Scale – Narrow Gauge (1.000 mm) – 45 mm Gauge
  • IIe / 2e Scale – Narrow Gauge (750 mm, 760 mm, 800 mm) – 32 mm Gauge

1:20,3 Scale / F Scale

  • F Scale – Standard Gauge (1.435 mm) – 70.64 mm Gauge
  • Fn3 Scale – Narrow Gauge (3 ft Gauge – 914 mm) – 45 mm Gauge

G Scale

= A collection of anything that runs on 45 mm Gauge, probably less accurately scaled and less detailed than hardcore 1 Scale, 2(m) Scale or F(n3) scale models.

  • European Prototype Narrow Gauge on 45 mm track in 1:22,5-ish scale (e.g. LGB)
  • European Prototype Standard Gauge on 45 mm track in 1:27-ish scale (e.g. PIKO)
  • American Prototype Narrow Gauge on 45 mm track in 1:24-ish Scale
  • American Prototype Standard Gauge on 45 mm track in 1:27-ish scale (e.g. PIKO)
  • American Prototype Standard Gauge on 45 mm track in 1:29 scale (e.g. Aristo-Craft, USA Trains)
  • Feldbahn on 45 mm track (e.g. LGB)

Train Control Systems – An Introduction

Analog / DC

Digital / DCC Systems

Wireless Digital / DCC Systems

  • CVP “AirWire”
  • Tam Valley Depot “Dead Rail System”
  • QSI/NCE “G-Wire”

Digital / DCC Decoders & Sound Decoders

  • Dietz
  • Digitrax
  • ESU “LokPilot” & “LokSound”
  • Märklin “mfx”
  • Massoth “eMOTION”
  • PIKO
  • QSI
  • Uhlenbrock
  • ZIMO

DCC Sound Providers

  • Heinz Dappen (for ZIMO)
  • Schwoboda (for ESU LokSound)

RC

  • Aristo-Craft / Crest Electronics “Revolution Train Engineer”
  • PIKO RC
  • Train Line “Easy Train Control”
  • Train Line “WLAN”

Legacy Systems

  • Digital – Proprietary – LGB “MTS” / “MZS” (DE)
  • Digital – Wireless DCC – Massoth DRC 300

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