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For many boys (and men) it is still a dream to be a driver on a real steam locomotive. But there is a big difference between dream and reality. In the hobby world, this dream can be reality. It can start with a layout at home, somewhere in an attic, where the 'driver' switches on all trains and tracks nicely run later.

However, there is another branch of this hobby, namely The garden railways, with real, steam hauled locomotives. In English they are called "Live Steam Garden Railways. In German, "Modelldampflocomotiven zur Personenbeförderung 'or' Gartenbahnen. In French it is 'vapeur vive".

Usually "garden railway" are these railways where there larger models appear, usually for carrying passengers in parks and large gardens, driving with "steam" (hence the name). There exist in this world a number of standard gauges and corresponding scales for construction (see below), the most important being:

  • 3½” (3 and a half inch)

  • 5” (5 inch)

  • 7¼” (7 and a quarterinch).

Others, Sometimes referred to as a track I (track one), but theay are to small to carry passengers. Even smaller track O (track zero) and track H0 (half zero track - and not 'haa oo). But these are more for a railway in the attic.

There are also larger track widths, including 10 ½ "and 15", but these are usually used for commercial theme parks and less as a hobby. Lots of building scales and gauges can be found on this site somewhere.

The origin of this subsector of our model railway can be found in England, where the real railway was born.


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last update 16/01/2019