T gauge

This page last updated Thursday, 19 August 2010

The following photos show the various stages of construction of my T gauge layout, as displayed in my shop - Hobbies Plus
T gauge is 3mm gauge, 1:450 scale - the world's smallest commercially made 2-rail model railway system.

The baseboard was constructed from balsa. Dimensions are 40 x 60cm. Terrain was made using balsa formers covered in aluminium flyscreen.
The flywire was covered with a thin layer of wood filler, which sets very hard and has a brown colour.

The tunnel was made from Slaters styrene N scale brick sheet. The pattern on this is very fine and suits T gauge well. Roads were made from
Balsa or by bending the flywire to shape before covering with the wood filler. Self-adhesive grass mats from KK Eishindo were used.

All buildings were from the KK Eishindo range as were most of the trees. I added some small Woodland Scenics trees as well. The darker
green ground cover is Busch Flora Fleece.

The level crossing was made using Slaters styrene strip between the rails, filed to shape. The road up to and between the two tracks is a
ready-mixed Polyfila product. The level crossing was fiddly to make, however, a ready-made version will be available soon.

Japanese road markings are part of the KK Eishindo range. The pier with pagoda is a small ornament from a secondhand shop many years
ago. I finally found a use for it. :)    Roads were painted with a gloss coat to help the dry-transfer road markings adhere better. A clear matt
finish was added later. One problem was that the balsa roads were too soft to make the dry-transfer road markings work correctly.

The lake was gradually filled with Woodland Scenics Realistic Water. Koi carp were painted on the final layers. The rock fence between the
car park and the lawn is actually made from Woodland Scenics coarse ballast - as used in HO scale.
The backscene was made from 1:450 scale pdf buildings from a Japanese website.
The last two photos give an idea of the miniscule size of the T gauge figures.

The above scenes show the Eishindo T gauge railway crossing. The first three show the signals and gates as installed on my layout. The last two
show the product as it comes except as a double-track (the crossing is sold as a single-track crossing. Additional sets are needed for each extra set.
In my case I used the left-over signs and boom gates on my layout, since I'd already made a crossing on that myself.


A few photos of a T gauge train with HO scale figures. Shows that T gauge could be used to represent a miniature railway in HO scale.
Also useful to convert to narrow gauge or light railways in N scale. It has been suggested that it could represent a G gauge layout on a G gauge layout.

These amazing photos show some Victorian Railways models by Paul Blake under construction in T scale.