Large Scale (Scale? Gauge?)

Last Updated: 10 January 2022


Please note this is a very rough first draft, content will be updated at a later stage.

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 / I Scale (E

  • 1 / I Scale – Standard Gauge (1.435 mm) – 45 mm Gauge
  • 1m / Im Scale – Narrow Gauge (1000 mm) – 32 mm Gauge
  • 1e / Ie Scale – Narrow Gauge (750 mm, 760 mm, 800 mm) – 22,5 mm Gauge
  • 1f / If Scale – Feldbahn (500 mm, 600 mm) – 16,5 mm Gauge

1:22,5 Scale / 2 Scale / II Scale

  • 2 / II Scale – Standard Gauge (1.435 mm) – 64 mm Gauge
  • 2m / IIm Scale – Narrow Gauge (1.000 mm) – 45 mm Gauge
  • 2e / IIe Scale – Narrow Gauge (750 mm, 760 mm, 800 mm) – 32 mm Gauge
  • 2f / IIf Scale – Feldbahn (500 mm, 600 mm) – 22,5 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. LGB, 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)
  • American Prototype Standard Gauge on 45 mm track in 1:32-ish scale (e.g. PIKO Mainline Series)
  • Feldbahn on 45 mm track (e.g. LGB)