Here some commonly asked questions are answered and we will provide some case studies which should provide inspiration to those who may feel they have no space for a Gauge 3 layout or lack the skills required to construct G3 models.
Having arrived at this page, I am hoping that that you may be a willing convert to Gauge 3 but I expect you will have a lot of questions to which you require answers. I will attempt to predict a few of the thoughts running through your head and provide brief answers.
1) Wouldn't I need to win the Lottery to afford it?....... No, think again! Locomotive kits start from as little as 250 GBP and are easy to construct with nothing more than basic modelling skills and hand tools.
2) Isn't my garden far too small?......... No, If you have a garden you have space! Obviously, if you own a country estate then your railway can be as large as you can afford but Gauge 3 Society members do not fall in that category. A realistic, scenic, branch line layout (based upon the Isle of Wight) was built in an area just 25 ft square!
3) Don't I need to be an experienced model engineer?..... No! Many of today's Gauge 3 kits are easier to build than a 4mm scale kit! Garden Railway Specialists (www.grsuk.com) offer a wide range of locomotive kits which are easily built using little more than files, a saw, screwdrivers, small spanners and a soldering iron! There is no wrestling with tiny parts and a magnifying glass as in the small scales!
4) Won't the English climate ruin my track and stock?........ No! Modern trackwork is robust and of rot-proof material while the locos and stock are robust and able to operate in almost any weather. Buildings and accessories are constructed of weatherproof resins and similar materials.
5) What if I move house and cannot keep the railway?..... There is a ready market for good quality, well-cared-for models in Gauge 3. You need only attend one of the Gauge 3 Society's events to witness how quickly items are snapped up from the ' Bring and Buy' stalls. The value of quality items holds up well, aided by the limited supply (unlike smaller gauges where 'ready to run' items can be bought from numerous outlets).