​​Houston Area 'G' Gaugers

 Check out Upcoming Events, the last modular work day is set. The units will be operational and ready for train shows and any other event we go to. All that is left is the dressing of the units.

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Meet The Crew
  1. Chuck Blumentritt
    President of HAGG
  2. Jim Mitchell
    Vice President of HAGG
  3. Brenda Cauthen
    Newsletter publisher of HAGG
  4. George Vaughn
    Treasure of HAGG
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Videos of our trains
  1. Club RR
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  2. Big Boy at Zubi Park
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  3. Run Day on The C & L
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  4. RRR Museum Garden RR
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  5. JC Railway WOW
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  6. Stafford 2017
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  1. HAGG club track
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  1. HAGG club track
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  2. Club RR
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  3. JC Railway WOW
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  5. Steaming at Zube Park
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  6. The Last meeting at the mall
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  2. Large scale in Houston
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  3. Big Boy at Zube Park 2
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Our Trains
The trains we have at the HAGG display are officially called Large Scale Trains on #1 Gauge track, but are familiarly called G Gauge or G Scale. They are currently the largest commercially made model trains readily available from a variety of manufacturers. Their scale varies from 1:20.5 to 1:32 of the prototype (real) thing. That is to say, the real trains are 20.5 to 32 times as large as our models. Some manufacturers take great pains to include all details in their scale size and some simplify the size or the details to make them practical for model application.
Most of these trains are powered by electricity, with up to 26 volts DC and 5 amps delivered to the locomotives through the rails. Others operate from batteries carried on the train and still others use live steam-generated by burning a fuel to boil water and create steam, just like real steam locomotives. Some are controlled by power packs hooked to the track and others by remote control.
Starter sets, complete with engine, cars, track, and power pack, cost between $100 and $500. Many quality engines may be bought for $200-$250, but they can range from about $100 to many thousands. Passenger cars usually cost between $100 and $200, but some are as little as $30. Good freight cars cost $50-$100, but many cost either more or less. Bargain hunters and people willing to shop can always find lower prices than these.
$30. Good freight cars cost $50-$100, but many cost either more or less. Bargain hunters and people willing to shop can always find lower prices than these.
The choice of equipment is almost endless. There are American Trains and European Trains. There are diesel engines and steam engines. There are freight trains, passenger trains, work trains, trolleys, and whimsical trains. Most people think model trains are found around the Christmas Tree, in the basement, or in a spare room, but many of us put our Large Scale Trains outside in the yard to combine two hobbies: model railroading and gardening.
How much finesse people put into their Large Scale layouts depends on the person. Some of us are content to do little more than put a loop of track down, connect a couple of wires and watch the trains run. Others build beautiful gardens with plants, streams, ponds, and waterfalls and blend in a model railroad with bridges, tunnels, and buildings. Still others create miniature villages and pick up and deliver cargoes at them. How much you do depends on your desire and imagination.  Kids especially are fascinated with our large trains, and our trains are made to be handled and played with.
 

Don't have any trains yet, that is not a problem. You can learn what works from other members   and then choose you own style.
At Rosenberg Railroad Museum they have a layout and they like it when HAGG members show up to run trains.