L-gauge as an accepted Model RR standard by the NMRA

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L-gauge as an accepted Model RR standard by the NMRA
dglennjr David Glenn
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I wanted to see if there were any other LUG's or individuals who had started anything relative getting the NMRA to recognize "L-gauge" as an accepted Model RR Standard (Like HO, N, G, O, and etc..)? I didn't want to reinvent the wheel if someone has put time into this type of initiative yet.

The first step is to submit something soon (complete track/gauge standards written out in the NMRA Format) to the NMRA powers that be as a proposal in order to get them to consider it and put it to a vote.

Once accepted by the NMRA as a legitimate scale/gauge (at least in their eyes), then perhaps the Lego Group would consider pursuing a more aggressive marketing strategy with the Lego Train line of products (toys vs. model railroad).  We all know that it is seriously lacking support in the form of new kits, rolling stock, and buildings, especially U.S. types of equipment.

Let me know what you think?

David Glenn (I'm a member of the GFLUG/GFLTC: www.gflug.org)

You can email me directly here: dglennjr@yahoo.com



Posted on November 18, 2013 at 9:20 AM
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Wiebold4449 Johnny Rocket_486
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re: L-gauge as an accepted Model RR standard by the NMRA

Im not sure if anyone has tried before, though it sure would be nice! I agree on TLG aspect of it, and that this might get us a bit more attention.

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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taltosVT Elroy Davis
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re: L-gauge as an accepted Model RR standard by the NMRA

A few people have tried in the past, though I think the most serious effort was probably close to 10 years ago.  It really depends on who you talk to at the NMRA.  Some are very open to the idea, even encouraging L-Gauge builders to join based on their public layouts (A few of us earned "Golden Spike" awards in this way at the National Train Show in 2009).  Others are very very unwilling to recognize "a toy" as a scale.

One thing that I was told directly a few years ago is that the NMRA wouldn't recognize L-gauge as there was only one manufacturer, and thus no standards for NMRA to lobby for, which sort of makes sense, and opens up the question of "What would the NMRA be able to do for our hobby?"

Personally, the one year that I was a member of the NMRA, I didn't get much value out of it for any of the scales that I model.  Their monthly "Scale Rails" magazine was nice.  Everything else seemed to be mired in group politics that went back for more years than I've been alive.  That's not to say that I wouldn't join again, I just haven't found a compelling need to belong to the organization.



Posted on November 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM
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kees Kees van Liere
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re: L-gauge as an accepted Model RR standard by the NMRA

I think that this is a great idea. I don't see why not. As to the "toy" aspect of it. Lego, when used for trains, isn't really a toy. Also I consider things like Lionel more toys than models. This is a good idea and the least someone can do is try. Nothing ventured nothing gained right?

Kees van Liere


Posted on January 03, 2014 at 3:13 AM
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