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What is "OO" Gauge


"OO" gauge is the name given to the distance between the rails. "OO" scale is 1:76 (So 76 of the true scale). The track that "OO" gauge runs on is not true to this scale. The track is smaller than it should be (Don't ask me why).

 "HO" gauge (Commonly modelled on the continent) uses the same sized track but in its case, the track is the correct scale for the models that run on them.


There are other gauges such as "N" gauge which is very small, and "0" Gauge which is very large.


This web site will be dealing with "00" gauge as this is what I and the majority of British modellers model in.


In the UK "OO" is very well supported by ready to run Rolling stock. Well known brand names like Hornby and Lima produce models only in this scale.

How much will it cost?


Modelling can become expensive, but this will be answered better on the Cost page.

I am not an arty person, is it difficult.


No, I'm not that creative but have managed to produce a good layout. Also if you use the Hornby track mats and expansion packs it will take you step by step through the expansion of your model.

How important is scale?


Not at all. If you like the look of something that is over or under scaled, who am I to tell you its wrong. Do be aware that some people are very snobby when it comes to scale.


How much space is needed?


As much as you have. The base Board is one of the most important parts of the railway (Click here for info on Base boards). It will determine to some extent the layout of the track. It will also be a good idea to consider where you're  going to position the board. During its construction you will need to be able to move all around the board. Also if you have it in a corner you will find it very difficult to put back on a derailed train. Consider how long your arms are so that nothing that needs manual operation is positioned out of reach. This is why big layouts have the controls in the middle of the board.


If you use Hornby Track Mat you will need 1.8m x 1.2m.

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