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Narrow Gauge Model Train Locomotives

No narrow gauge model railway is complete without a compatible locomotive or two. Narrow gauge model trains allow you to bring your railway to life.

Narrow Gauge

Narrow gauge railways are those in which the distance between the inner sides of the rails is less than standard gauge, which uses an inter-rail distance of 1435mm. While local definitions vary, narrow gauge is typically held to be 1067mm or less. Narrow gauge track was often used in rugged terrain in order to fit more easily into confined spaces, a factor that also made it popular in industrial and mining applications. Narrow gauge railways are popular for their unique size and historic importance, and so it should be no surprise that model train manufacturers have recreated them at a variety of scales.

Narrow Gauge Locomotives

Narrow gauge model trains are typically modeled after classic steam trains, due to the historic nature of real-world narrow gauge railways. However, all types of locomotives are represented, including steam, diesel and electric. Model locomotives are also available in a variety of materials. Brass narrow gauge locomotives can be extremely finely detailed, making it possible for manufacturers to make very accurate replicas of real engines. The non-magnetic material also plays well with model train motors. However, brass models can be expensive, particularly the ones that are popular with collectors. Plastic narrow gauge locomotives are a more affordable option, making it especially attractive if you like to have a lot of locomotives.


Apart from material, another major difference between model railway locomotives is their control system. More advanced model locomotives contain a decoder unit that allow them to be controlled from a central system. Digital Command Control systems allow model railway owners to control their locomotives from a central panel. This is particularly useful for model railway layouts with multiple trains. While not all locomotives will come with a decoder pre-installed, some of the ones that don’t will feature sockets for decoders to be installed. A Digital Command Control system can also be used to control track accessories such as points.

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