Editor: Ross Crain, Bx 29 Site 3 RR 2, Rocky Mountain House, AB, T0M 1T0
phone: 403-845-2527 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOWDY! - and welcome to the first edition of the G-Gauge Gnus, the first official publication of the RMGRS. Have you noticed all the free (my favorite price) railway ballast laying around the streets? One good four-way stop intersection could yield a lifetime supply. The added bonuses are the public service (you're such a nice guy) and fewer paint chips on your car. You already own the pail and shovel, so all you need is a bit of energy and a supervisor to watch you work (and protect you from traffic). DO NOT send the kids out to do this. There hasn't been much rain, so wash the salt out before installing the free bakkast in your garden. See you at the summer backyard get-togethers!
At the shows we attend, the most asked question is "What scale is this?" That's not easy to answer, since anything from 1:12 to 1:32 scale equipment can be intermingled on G-Gauge track. G-Gauge track is still called Number 1 Gauge in most of the world.
Number 1 Scale is 1:32 ratio and represents standard gauge equipment on Gauge 1 track. Some manufacturer's make 1:29 scale equipment, again representing standard gauge and others make 1:24, 1:22.5, and 1:20.3 scales to represent narrow gauge equipment on Gauge 1 track. Most modellers don't mind the minor errors in track gauge that ensues.
The same box car or flat car may be offered by a manufacturer for both standard gauge and narrow gauge. A model of a 40 foot standard gauge box car at 1:32 scale is the same physical size as a 30 foot narrow gauge car at 1:24 scale. This is called Crain's 3/4 Rule and applies to many other scales that use the same track for two different scales (HOn2.5 and N scales for example).
The 3/4 Rule is good for us, since it keeps the equipment prices down. But it's confusing for visitors and hard to explain in a short visit. If you're not worried by the fine detail, you can say "It's about 4 times the size of HO and twice the size of O scale." Most visitors understand.
Products of Interest
Enclosed are a couple of interesting items that came our way. We don't intend to endorse any product or supplier, but neither of these is widely sdvertized. If you know of any (thin) flyers that might be useful to RMGRS members, let the editor know. We can mail 5 sheets of paper for the price of 1.
RMGRS Coming Events
If you would like to annouce an open house for RMGRS members, call the editor. There will be more newsletters (summer, fall, winter).
NOTE: Openhouse and campout events are for RMGRS members, potential members and invited guests. RSVP to the host is appreciated before the event. Phone numbers and addresses of members are on the back of this newsletter. Other events listed are open to the public and are presented here as a service to members and friends.
Identify the kids and old timers in the photos on the back of this newsletter and win an LGB Mogul with sound. Contest sponsored by Tomfoolery Toys manageress April Lundgren.
RMGRS Memberships Open
To become a member, call Rick Lee at 276-3185. At the moment, there are no dues and few formal meetings. The only requirement for membership is an interest in Large Scale trains.
Contributing to The G-Gauge Gnus
Your contributions are welcome. Interesting comments, editorials, tips & tricks, clear photos or plans, new product news, inportant dates to remember, cartoons - everything that fits on a one page newsletter will be printed in the order received.
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