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The Suppliers.

In the Gauge '3' track market there are really only two UK suppliers. They are GRS and Cliff Barker. Both supply a good rail that is easy to use and dependable.


The track supplied by GRS is a flat bottomed Vignoles profile originally made by Tenmille. This is a very sturdy 330 code rail made from brass and is 1.5m long. GRS supply slide on sleepers to take this rail along with a dual gauge sleeper for G1 and G3. Their points are a radius of eight, ten and twelve feet. There is also a Y point of eight feet radius.

Cliff Barker.

Cliff Barker sells a duplicate of the original G3S bullhead rail in either stainless steel or brass in either 3 feet or 6 feet lengths. The sleepers again are of the slide on type and completing a 3 feet length of track can be done in under 10 minutes. There is also a Gauge widened sleeper for corners. The points have a large number of radii all in metric; 1.5m, 3m, 4.5m, 6m, with diamond crossings of 10 degree and 14 degree. There are others and there is also a custom build service. Kits for 4.5m and 3m points are available.


This is a German company who produce concrete effect sleepers in bags of 50, as well as wood effect sold in 50cm "strips" with a spacing bar holding the sleepers together on one side. They use code 330 flat bottomed rail in 1.5m lengths which would seem to be identical to the LGB "Vignolles" brass rail. There are a number of point configurations mostly of 3m radius. There is an English language option function but this only appears on the home page. Although technically at 64mm these are "Spur II" and sit between the 63.5mm of G3 and the 64.5mm of G3 gauge widened track. sites)

The others...

These people supply specialised bits and pieces for making either track or aiding in its production.

  • 301. This is Robin Saxton and his custom point work can only be classed as artistic it is that beautiful.
  • PECO. Using IL9 rail it is possible to produce your own track work.
  • G3S "shop". A selection of things to build track with including white metal chairs.

The following table shows the amount of YARD long lengths of track that would be required to produce a 90 degree curve at that radius. In the production of a “transitional curve” each curve should be divided into 30 degree sections.

For example:

A simple transitional curve could be constructed of one length at 6 feet radius, two lengths at 11 feet radius, and three lengths at 17 feet radius.

Radius MetresRequiredDegreesRadius FeetRequiredDegrees

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