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Offline Capri_sam

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T gauge class 08 - utter madness
« on: August 17, 2020, 07:29:33 PM »
I thought I'd share this for the sheer insanity of it!

N gauge is my large scale hobby - I'm also a fan of T gauge (1:450 - 3mm track spacing), which has a vibrant if very small (in every sense) community of kitbashers, 3D printers and devotees. My recently dismantled N gauge layout had a T gauge industrial/harbour railway, representing 18" gauge.

Among the ridiculous work of the community is an A3 with smoke generator (and working valve gear, of course), DCC fitting... Someone's even made a working Wickham.

The sole UK manufacturer, tgauge.com, has been working on a class 08 for a couple of years - it was due around now but has been pushed back to October due to Covid. They just shared the pre-production bodyshell images - imprint of shell on lolly sticks for scale - this measures just 3/4", or a shade under 2cm long, with outside frames, and will have etched buffers, handrails and other details, as well as being 6-wheel drive. Oh, and the preorder price was £45 RTR...

Absolute madness.

Photos aren't mine, they belong to Alan Ramsay and were posted to Facebook, but I thought some here might appreciate it! The HST with a pound coin is for further sense of general scale (that's got directional lights, by the way).








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Re: T gauge class 08 - utter madness
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2020, 07:40:23 PM »
Roughly half of z-scale size? That's dedication, as well as eyeball straining.

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Re: T gauge class 08 - utter madness
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2020, 09:54:03 PM »
Don't drop one of those on the floor, the carpet monster would eat that with no problems.

Far too small for my eyes

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Re: T gauge class 08 - utter madness
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2020, 10:24:14 PM »
Don't drop one of those on the floor, the carpet monster would eat that with no problems.

Far too small for my eyes

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Been there! I've literally dropped a locomotive through a crack in my wooden floorboards...

It's a difficult scale to work with for various reasons (fiddly, over-sensitive, terrible trackwork especially the points), but when your 2+7 HST set is less than 50cm long and you can fit 2-3 scale miles of track on a small board, it has its rewards!

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Re: T gauge class 08 - utter madness
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2020, 11:34:45 PM »
Absolutely remarkable!
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Re: T gauge class 08 - utter madness
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2020, 11:43:49 PM »
Rather you than me, but impressive nonetheless.  :thumbsup:

There is an excellent T gauge layout by a lady called Becky Stares in the December 2019 RM (the Rod Stewart issue). She has even scratch built local buildings!
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Re: T gauge class 08 - utter madness
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2020, 12:26:02 AM »
So it looks like the ultimately challenge left in T gauge is live steam! I recall that Alan Sherwood got down to 1:240 scale in about 1970. With developments in technology since then maybe 1:450 is possible,  :D

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Re: T gauge class 08 - utter madness
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2020, 02:05:04 AM »
t gauge can be fun, here are some pictures of my t gauge layout with home made buildings done by down scaling buildings from other scales.







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Re: T gauge class 08 - utter madness
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2020, 02:09:41 AM »
That's very cool, Di - didn't know you were into this gauge!  :thumbsup:
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Re: T gauge class 08 - utter madness
« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2020, 08:17:09 AM »
I keep flirting with it, given the diminutive size it’s ripe for 3D printing. You could do entire rows of houses in one go. :hmmm:

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Re: T gauge class 08 - utter madness
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2020, 09:12:13 AM »
@Ditape any chance of a pic of the overall track plan?

What size is the layout?

Interesting stuff.
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https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=50207.msg652736#msg652736

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Re: T gauge class 08 - utter madness
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2020, 09:54:58 AM »
I love a challenge and T Gauge looks right up my street. I have an old aluminium camera case that is begging me to do something with it  ;)

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Re: T gauge class 08 - utter madness
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2020, 10:31:39 AM »
Whilst I admire the cracking work and dedication involved I couldn't do it myself as I struggle enough with N gauge with my shovel hands  ;D

Great looking layout though  :D

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Re: T gauge class 08 - utter madness
« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2020, 10:53:54 AM »
I did flirt around with T gauge when it first came out, but in the end it was just didn't satisfy me in terms of reliability and smoothness of running so it's consigned to a shelf.  Maybe one day I'll investigate if/how the mechs have improved.
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Re: T gauge class 08 - utter madness
« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2020, 12:16:02 PM »
It's nice to know people are getting it to work. I did scratch build some T track N scale bits for narrow gauge (and some hand made track!) but it was just too unreliable at the time.
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