News Archive

18 December 2011: A new resource: Creativ-Modellbau Klingenhöfer produces 1:450 buildings.

1 December 2011: Added a new dealer from Stockholm—and a classy-looking site it is.

1 August 2011: Custom Creative Engineering has a new website.

31 July 2011: Emanuel Damsteeg has announced the opening of a Dutch T Gauge website, http://www.t-gauge.nl, with announcements to appear at www.treinennieuws.nl.

23 July 2011: First new product in far too long: a truss bridge from TGauge.co.uk. Also, the detail page on track switches (turnouts) has been updated with information about Eishindo's new "one-way" switches.

13 May 2011: Since tools and modeling tips are not scale-specific, I'm cross-pollinating my websites with links to resources such as an extensive clinic on Tools and Supplies for the Modeler's Workshop, as well as a growing collection of Random Modeling Tips, both of which reside at my James River Branch website.

22 March 2011: A new manufacturer has joined the ranks of those making T Gauge products: Custom Creative Engineering. This one-man-show is making fabulous American-prototype shells for Eishindo rolling stock.

21 January 2011: Two exciting new track items have become available: 30-degree and 90-degree crossings! A 30mm electrical isolator track should be added to the list shortly.

15 January 2011: I'm pleased to provide a new resource for T Gauge modelers: track plans. Based on the success of the track plans at my other modeling websites, this collection should provide plenty of food for thought for anyone contemplating a layout.

6 January 2011: Another manufacturer has joined the 1:450 ranks: GCLaser Innovations offers a laser-cut kit of a 12-story office building.

1 January 2011: Happy New Year! To celebrate, I've done a site-wide cosmetic makeover. Actually, I did it to accommodate an exciting new feature coming in the near future, so stay tuned. Please refresh each page you visit to be sure you see the latest content.

24 December 2010: New items have been added to the product range, and they're all track or track-related. Please see the items highlighted as NEW on the product announcement page. In particular they include two types of crossing.

26 November 2010: A website update has been long overdue. Included in this update are many new products now available. Also, TGauge.co.uk now has a product range extensive enough to be featured in its own new products page. In other news, note that the videos page is no longer being updated; there are simply too many videos to make it practical to maintain (which is good news).

5 September 2010: Eishindo has announced plans for a number of new products, including an "anti-collision system" and an "auto train exchange system" among other things; see the new product announcements for details.

13 June 2010: Eishindo has posted two new videos: one a distance running test, and the other a pulling/pushing test.

21 May 2010: In addition to the completion of the Tools and Replacement Parts page, I've begun a program of image upgrades courtesy of the generous permission of Alan Ramsey. In particular, there are nice new photos of the production version of the switch.

20 May 2010: Would you like to design your next T Gauge layout using layout planning software? Now you can: AnyRail features the full Eishindo track library—including all of the newly-added track pieces, and in all three colors! AnyRail can be downloaded free. There's no "trial" version—the free version has 100% functionality; it simply limits you to 50 track pieces on a layout.

18 May 2010: If German is your native language, you'll enjoy a new forum that has just opened: T Gauge Forum Germany.

13 May 2010: Eishindo has released a boatload of new products! The most exciting one is, of course, the switch. Alas, only the left is available at the moment; the right is still a month or so away.

Most of the new items added to the product list are track-related—of particular note, all track will be a vailable in three colors: grey ties, brown ties (a blessing for those who don't want to paint their track), and transparent roadbed. Yes, that's right, transparent! The thinking here, I suppose, is that transparent track can be used for fantasy layouts or eye-catching store displays.

A fourth, wider radius curve (157.5mm) will be added, as well as a new longer straight section (120mm). Road crossing tracks are being offered sans gates and street parts, so you can build road crossings across any number of tracks without having to purchase multiple crossing kits. Power feeder tracks are now available, too.

In other news, there's a station on the way, as well as streetlights that appear as though they can be illuminated (they do not appear to be sold that way, but on the product sheet image it looks as if the streetlight has a fiber optic rod that descends below the layout surface—we'll have to wait until I get some to confirm this, since the product description does not indicate anything helpful.) And finally, vehicle sets are now shipping.

For a look at all the new stuff, scroll through what's available, and check the new announcements as well. Also, there's now a whole new page devoted just to replacement parts coming with a future website update. It's a great day for T!

2 May 2010: Kiha 40 Series sets have arrived! A product review and technical reference for the Kiha are now online.

27 April 2010: Introducing a new T Gauge product that's not from Eishindo! TGauge.co.uk is accepting orders for their new flex track underlay. This pre-finished rigid foam strip fits onto the underside of Eishindo flex track to create the look of ballasted track. TGauge.co.uk also manufactures unique sectional-to-flex track adapters.

3 April 2010: A new blog has been added to the online presence of T Gauge. Congrats, Dan! Also: Following on the heels of the new modeling resource, I've added a new page of Handy Gadgets. This is the beginnings of a collection of helpful tools, including a scale dimension calculator, a scale drawing size converter, and a resistor decoder.

1 April 2010: A modeling resource has been added to the site. It contains links to sources of modeling supplies of all sorts. (The links pages themselves are located at other model railroading websites of mine; this was done so that I'm not maintaining multiple collections of the same links.)

29 March 2010: Many new videos and two new discussion boards added.

26 March 2010: Hankyu 9000 Series sets are shipping! KIHA 40s are reportedly close behind. A detailed product review and technical reference for the 9000 are now online. Also... product news and web updates have been consolidated into "T NEWS" to clean up the home page.

10 March 2010: Eishindo has announced that track switches should be available sometime in April. Evidently a manufacturing issue with the product prevented its release when planned. With the release, at last, of the Hankyu 9000 Series and the KIHA 40 train sets, the available products page has been updated. The Tech Reference will be updated with detailed information on these sets when they are received for review. Also, since the 103 series East JR Narita Line (emerald green) train set has been discontinued, a new page has been added for out of production items.

1 February 2010: A new retailer from the US has been added.

2 January 2010: A new retailer from the UK has been added.

3 December 2009: Added a new video.

3 December 2009: Added a new video.

19 November 2009: Herwart Schröter passed along a link to a video of of an extraordinary German T Gauge layout (T-Gauge Kofferanlage).

20 October 2009: All current products and product announcements updated to reflect Eishindo's 10 October 2009 pricelist.

19 October 2009: A new blog added to Blogs & Websites.

12 October 2009: Eishindo has released a new pricelist; accordingly there will be many updates for the website, which will take place shortly.

3 October 2009: Charlie Meinershagen assembled a 20-unit train and posted a video of this impressive sight.

29 September 2009: Another website was added to the Blogs & Websites page featuring the extraordinary work of Mario Reinelt (courtesy of Herwart Schröter).

25 September 2009: Lionel Jean Jacques Gazeau has begun documenting his Adventure in T Scale (added to the Blogs & Websites page).

7 August 2009: Added a new video.

19 July 2009: Another new US retailer has been added.

18 July 2009: A new French retailer for T Gauge has been added.

12 July 2009: More new photos have been added for their briefcase layout.

9 July 2009: We now have a US retailer for T Gauge: TrainAidsA.

2 July 2009: Two more videos.

1 July 2009: Added some new images of the switches—these are production products in the flesh, courtesy of TGauge.co.uk. There's also yet another new video, and I've updated the FAQ.

29 June 2009: Three new videos added—two are cool layout progress videos.

16 June 2009: Seven new videos added, all demonstrating a DIY PWM throttle by nug. Also, I found this photo set on Flickr—no idea where to put the link, though...

9 June 2009: New product images added for switches, business case diroama, KIHA 40, and the incline railway.

7 June 2009: Another new video added—look for "CIMG0412."

6 June 2009: New video added: T Scale Railroad Crossing Flasher by Yours Truly.

1 June 2009: Five new videos added.

27 May 2009: Eishindo has posted photos of some of their new track items.

26 May 2009: Big news from Eishindo: they've announced a whole range of new track items for release sometime Summer 2009. The announcement featured a new straight track length, 15-degree curved sections, a third curve radius, a crossover, and... switches! (Switches are scheduled for release 8 September 2009.) Sweeping changes to the product announcement pages have been made to accommodate these newly-announced items.

12 May 2009: I've just received word from Eishindo that they have completed making track joiners. This means their flex track will now be shipping.

14 April 2009: Added an awesome new video to the videos page. It's a must-see!

10 April 2009: Added a new vendor in Where To Buy.

14 Mar 2009: The grade crossing accessory are now available to order. Also: flex track is apparently coming in two sizes, 1m and 106cm. The shorter lengths can be ordered now, and the longer lengths are targeted for release around April. Added a new Products section to the site: Close Enough? includes items that are in the general range of 1:450.

12 Mar 2009: Talking T Gauge has moved! Please update your bookmarks: http://www.t-gauge.net/forum3/

7 Mar 2009: Efforts are under way to move Talking T Gauge to a new server. Meanwhile, a couple of new videos have been added.

27 Feb 2009: Thanks to Darren Hodges, a new photo of the incline railway has been added, as well as photos of the forthcoming Hankyu 9000 Series shell and second generation mechanism.

26 Feb 2009: Added a new video from Eishindo showing their incline railway in action at the 2009 Nürnberg Toy Fair.

20 Feb 2009: The gallery has been expanded to include great new pictures of Paul's fabulous Boggy Creek layout.

19 Feb 2009: Five exciting new videos from Eishindo have been added to the (slightly reorganized) videos page demonstrating slow speed train operation using a new controller under development. Thanks, Darren!

17 Feb 2009: At the 2009 Nürnberg International Toy Fair, Eishindo introduced an exciting new product line: an incline railway. At this point there are no further details, but a photo is available on a new page. Also, details for some available products have been updated—look for the yellow UPDATED flags.

16 Feb 2009: With over 50 photos supplied by modelers from around the world, the Photo Gallery now looks the way it was intended. Actually, the gallery is the starting point for six separate galleries, each featuring the work of an individual modeler. Enjoy!

15 Feb 2009: Having just received an order for GUNZE SANGYO QE2 Photo-etched Passengers & Crew, I've begun adding detail pages for non-Eishindo products that are useful in T Gauge. The Other Products index has links to these pages, starting with this one. Also added this News Archive to clean up the Home page.

8 Feb 2009: After having started translating instructions from Japanese, I found a set already translated on the Eishindo website. Now there are instructions here for the train set and the track set.

25 Jan 2009: New items added to the Product Announcements page, and photos added to the Flex Track and Bridge and Pier Sets pages. Also added a new printable item on Other Products.

24 Jan 2009: On his way to Nürnberg, Germany, for the 2009 Toy Fair next month, Mr. Hirotsugu Hirai from KK Eishindo paid a visit to Hobbies Plus in Stratford, Australia. Darren Hodges, the proprietor, has thus learned exciting new details on forthcoming releases, which he was kind enough to share. The news appears in the Product Announcements pages.

21 Jan 2009: A link to a Japanese blog full of videos was added to the videos page (scroll down to bottom). Also added some more images of the Hankyu 9000 Series.

20 Jan 2009: Re-rendered the drawings in the Tech Reference. Also added two new videos (nothing worthwhile, though).

19 Jan 2009: All Available Product listings revised and updated with newly-released items, new images for some, and part numbers for all. Added a page for Related Products. Also expanded the listings for Other Products. And finally, added T-TRAK-T to Blogs & Websites.

18 Jan 2009: Eishindo has released their large-scale (1:32) "Garden Train" set, which includes a base with loop of track, cars, controller, figures and scenic details. POKARA Paper Craft is offering free downloadable PDF files to make paper structures in 1:450. Added two new discussion boards to the Discussion Boards page. Added a new page for Other Products.

17 Jan 2009: I've just received an email from Hirotsugu Hirai, developer of T Gauge and representative of Eishindo (see History). He says they're working on multiple types of track switches. Added an illustration for the track dimensions section in the Tech Reference. Added a new shop in Where To Buy. I've begun the process of translating the Japanese instructions to English, as seen on the Track Sets page. I've also translated the Japanese titles on the videos page.

16 Jan 2009: A comprehensive, illustrated database of T Gauge products has been added to the site—see Products. Also, a brief history of T Gauge was added—see History. The menu has been rearranged a little as a result of all the new content.

13 Jan 2009: The Eishindo website was updated today with the announcement that the release of the Hankyu 9000 Series has been postponed pending product quality improvements. The site has been completely rebuilt, with more information and new features.

11 Jan 2009: There are now enough retailers carrying T Gauge to warrant listing this information on its own page—see Where To Buy.

13 Aug 2008: Website launched (originally one page).

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