miniature railway was firmly established at seaside and private lines.Many of these early lines have been closed or regauged,but a few new ones have appeared. Today some 17% of commercial pleasure lines are of 10 1 / 4 " gauge.
The 7 1 / 4 " Gauge (7 1 / 2 " in the USA) Railway lines of 15" and 10 1 / 4 " gauge were all very well for those with estates and large gardens,but as the Victorian era progressed, demand increased amongst the middle classes for a more ‘suburban scale’ railway.Homedesigned lines of around 7-inch gauge began to emerge in the last years of the 19th Century, but the first 7 1 / 4 " example was recorded in 1906,in the garden of a Mr Mitchel of Nottingham.The scale of 1:8,or 1 1 / 2 " to the foot, actually equates to a gauge of seven inches,but perhaps we’re back with that wheel/rail tolerance problem again.The odd quarter-inch may seem insignificant
ABOVE A gauge of 10 1 / 4 ”made garden railways a bit more affordable,as with this example at Broome near Stourbridge
The original Tinkerbell - seen here at Stoneleigh - was one of the first 7 1 / 4 " designs where the driver sat in,rather than behind,the locomotive.Some later models had a full cab
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