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Facts & Figures

Facts, figures and answers to common questions about about model trains and railways.

Is this the world’s smallest every model railway

There are lots of contenders to the smallest model railway but NOTHING I've seen comes close to this one. [...]

The best model scale to match 28mm war game figures

If you're looking for buildings, vehicles, accessories and scenery to go with 28mm war gaming and table top figures you'll need to the know scale. [...]

What size is Z scale?

Märklin Modellbahnen Z gauge size compared to OO model train
Z scale model train layouts are increasingly popular due to the small size and hence appeal for those with limited space but what are their dimensions? How [...]

Is N Scale cheaper than HO?

N and HO scales are the two most common worldwide standards for model trains an common question for those thinking about this wonderful hobby then is which is [...]

How much does a model railway cost?

how much do model railways cost
If you're thinking of starting a model railway, or perhaps revisiting the trains your dad or grandad had, one of the first question most people ask is how much [...]

What voltage do HO scale trains run on?

What's the right voltage for HO scale model railroads and trains? [...]

How many feet and inches is an N scale mile?

How many feet and inches are you going to need to model one mile of track or landscape in N gauge?  The answer will surprise you. [...]

Will OO trains run on HO track?

OO and HO gauge model trains are the most popular but can you run OO trains on HO track? [...]

How big (or small) are n gauge trains: photos and dimensions

How big (or small) are n gauge model trains
If you are thinking about getting an N gauge train you might be concerned about how small (or large) they are? Are they too small see or handle? How do they [...]

How long is an N scale Mile?

How many feet will you need to recreate one mile in N gauge and how to work around the space challenge. [...]

What scale is N gauge

N gauge is the second most popular model railway size but the scale of models you can use with the trains varies. [...]

Model Railway Fiddle Yard, what is it

What is a model railway fiddleyard? Find the answer here, the Internet’s biggest model railway glossary. [...]

What scale is OO gauge

If you have an OO gauge railway you'll want to get suitably sized models and rolling stock so what scale models are appropriate for OO gauge? [...]

Model Railway Gauge, what is is

What does gauge mean in model railways? Read the answer here, the Internet's largest glossary for model railways. [...]

Where is GaugeMaster

Where is and how to get to GaugeMaster's UK showroom and shop, including map. [...]

Where is Rails of Sheffield

Where is and how to get to Rails of Sheffield. [...]

How Much Space Is Needed for A Hornby Train Set

A question asked by many beginners is how much space will they need for a railway set. It's a good question but it's a bit more involved than you might [...]

A Question Of Time – Monday Model Railway Factoid #9

If you're building a model railway around a particular point in history you'll want trains that only ran during your chosen period but how do you know what [...]

The Difference Between Scale and Gauge – Beginners Guide

One of the challenges beginners to model railways face is understanding scale and gauge and the relationship between them. If you're about to starting building [...]

Monday Model Railway Factoid #4: Whyte Notation

If you've seen numbers like 0-4-0, 2-6-2 or similar describing a steam or model railway loco and wondered what they mean, this is for you. [...]
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