North West Gauge One Group

Gauge 1 is a model railway standard which is popular across the globe. The track measures 1¾ in (45 mm), and accommodates 1:32 scale and

10 mm scale locomotives and rolling stock. These standards are governed by the Gauge One Model Railway Association. The Gauge 1 Model

Railway Association (G1MRA) was formed in 1947 and now has over 2,600 members in 30 countries.

The size of the locomotives makes it possible for them to be powered by live steam, as well as battery (usually) electric or even clockwork.

Live steam locomotives are usually fired by alcohol or gas, both of which are very popular. However there are a growing number of engines

that are coal fired, like the real thing, emoting nostalgia that the smell of a steam locomotives can give.

Gauge 1 allows people to produce realistic scenes, alongside locomotives running prototypical Stephenson system models. Model engineers,

in later life, are moving to Gauge 1 because they can still run live steam and lift them in and out of the car, even when they are no longer in

their prime. Due to this many model engineering clubs have added elevated Gauge 1 tracks to their site.