Glossary

The world of model railways can be a confusing place to navigate. Acronyms litter the pages of magazines, websites, and forums; yet some people don’t know exactly what they stand for.

Help is at hand - we’ve created the BRM glossary designed to help you get to grips with the jargon.

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What is flat bottom rail?

Flat bottom rail is the most common type of rail used worldwide. It is…

By Howard Smith | 07 May 2020

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What is bullhead rail?

Bullhead rail profile was common-place in the UK throughout the 19th and 20th…

By Howard Smith | 01 May 2020

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What is G scale?

Primarily used as an outdoor garden railway scale, G scale with a 45mm track…

By Howard Smith | 01 May 2020

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What is O14?

This rare narrow gauge modelling scale can trace its origins back to the 1950s.…

By Howard Smith | 01 May 2020

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What is a gauge?

Gauge is the term used in railway parlance to explain the distance between the…

By Howard Smith | 20 March 2020

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What is DCC?

DCC or Digital Command Control is a system of model railway operation which uses…

By Howard Smith | 20 March 2020

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What is P4?

P4 or Protofour is a set of track standards using 4mm:1ft scale - the same as OO…

By Howard Smith | 19 March 2020

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What is O gauge?

The largest of the popular scales continues to attract modellers who seek more…

By Howard Smith | 19 March 2020

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What is N gauge?

A history of why this smaller track gauge came into existence, named after the…

By Howard Smith | 23 September 2019

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What is OO gauge?

The most common gauge of track used on model railways in the UK has an…

By Howard Smith | 07 June 2019

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What is EM gauge?

This increasingly popular track gauge has its pros and cons, here's an…

By Howard Smith | 16 May 2019

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