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Information about G Scale Trains

For anyone who has ever seen a train going up close, or ever far away, it is not hard to admit the thought of having a model train has never entered your mind. We have all surely seen model trains on television or for those of us lucky enough in real life. They can range from a simple boxed set put together to an intricate and detailed display put together piece by piece. These are generally done on a very small scale and I must admit look very impressive, but there is a whole other realm of model trains and that is what we are going to talk about today; the world of G scale trains.

G scale trains are much larger than the typical in-home model train set and are usually constructed of very durable materials making them a prime candidate to be displayed outdoors. Because most people who chose to build a G scale model railway do so throughout their gardens; G scale has commonly come to be thought of as garden scale railways. In reality though, G scale model trains are actually G Gauge and refers to the gauge of the track. A G Gauge, or G scale track for a model train is 45mm or about 1.75 inches. Now you have the knowledge to quickly correct someone the next you hear them saying “Garden Scale”.

In the United States, the commonly used narrow gauge is 3 feet; modeling this correctly with a 45 mm track gauge gives a scale of 1:20.3, which is commonly used by American manufacturers. In actuality, these are called G Scale, even though in reality they are not. Some modelers and train producers call 1:20.3 "F scale".

Aristo Craft G Scale Wood Box Car Reefer DRGW Rio Grande
Aristo Craft G Scale Wood Box Car Reefer DRGW Rio Grande
Price: $45.00 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 33m
Transformer for LGB trains & (3) LGB Train tracks
Transformer for LGB trains & (3) LGB Train tracks
Price: $53.00 (16 Bids)
Sale Ends: 34m
LGB MODEL RAILROAD CLUB BTO 1990 PASSENGER CAR G SCALE HOLIDAY GIFT SALE YELLOW
LGB MODEL RAILROAD CLUB BTO 1990 PASSENGER CAR G SCALE HOLIDAY GIFT SALE YELLOW
Price: $26.25 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 34m
BUCKET WITH ICE, SODA CANS READY TO DISLAY DIORAMA 1:18 SCALE
BUCKET WITH ICE,  SODA CANS  READY TO DISLAY  DIORAMA 1:18 SCALE
Price: $12.95 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 36m
Bachmann G Scale Wood Box Car Reefer C&S 1107 with Metal Wheels
Bachmann G Scale Wood Box Car Reefer C&S 1107 with Metal Wheels
Price: $45.00 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 36m
Lehmann Ikarus 653 Replica
Lehmann Ikarus 653 Replica
Price: $155.00 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 38m
Bachmann G Scale Timber Graduated Trestle 10 Piece Set No. 96221
Bachmann G Scale Timber Graduated Trestle 10 Piece Set No. 96221
Price: $12.95 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 41m
LGB LOCO DRIVE AXLE WITH GEAR PARTS SET OF 2 PIECES! BRAND NEW OPEN STOCK!
LGB LOCO DRIVE AXLE WITH GEAR PARTS SET OF 2 PIECES! BRAND NEW OPEN STOCK!
Price: $21.99 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 41m
F Scale, G Scale, Large Scale Figures 1:20.3 Snake from Sundance Central
 F Scale,  G Scale,  Large Scale Figures 1:20.3 Snake from Sundance Central
Price: $20.00 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 41m
LGB curved train tracks
LGB curved train tracks
Price: $32.00 (6 Bids)
Sale Ends: 44m
1991 Bachmann G Scale Valvoline 125th Anniversary Express Train Set w Box
1991 Bachmann G Scale Valvoline 125th Anniversary Express Train Set w Box
Price: $43.00 (8 Bids)
Sale Ends: 45m
G Scale trains Aristocraft Santa Fe Aluminum Observation Coach
G Scale trains Aristocraft Santa Fe Aluminum Observation Coach
Price: $139.99
Buy It Now: $199.99
Sale Ends: 49m
AML Accucraft B1003 Canadian National PS1 Box Car G Scale NEW Metal Wheels
AML Accucraft B1003 Canadian National PS1 Box Car G Scale NEW Metal Wheels
Price: $49.99 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 52m
LGB Track G 3500 Tram-Sidecar Straßenbahn-Beiwagen "Jägermeister"
LGB Track G 3500 Tram-Sidecar Straßenbahn-Beiwagen "Jägermeister"
Price: $127.09 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 53m
LGB straight train tracks
LGB straight train tracks
Price: $57.00 (16 Bids)
Sale Ends: 55m
Bachmann Trains Snap-Fit E-Z Track 3" Straight Track (4 card)
Bachmann Trains Snap-Fit E-Z Track 3" Straight Track (4 card)
Price: $12.23 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 56m
Bachmann Trains Snap-Fit E-Z Track One-Third Section 18” Radius Curved Tr
Bachmann Trains Snap-Fit E-Z Track One-Third Section 18” Radius Curved Tr
Price: $12.00 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 57m
Train Christmas GIFT HOLIDAY Set with Real Smoke Animated Lights Indoor Premier
Train Christmas GIFT HOLIDAY Set with Real Smoke Animated Lights Indoor Premier
Price: $46.85 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 59m
Train Christmas GIFT HOLIDAY Set with Real Smoke Animated Lights Indoor Premier
Train Christmas GIFT HOLIDAY Set with Real Smoke Animated Lights Indoor Premier
Price: $46.85 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 59m
Train Christmas Gift Express Tree Holiday Set with Real Smoke Animated Lights
Train Christmas Gift Express Tree Holiday Set with Real Smoke Animated Lights
Price: $26.98 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 1h 2m

The track is commonly made of brass which can remain outside in all types of weather. You can also find it made in aluminum and stainless steel.

The G Scale model train was first introduced in 1968 by Ernst Paul Lehmann Patentwerk and marketed under the brand name of LGB as indoor/outdoor model train systems. Although Lehmann recently filed for bankruptcy, the company is credited for giving garden railways their popular appeal, and until their bankruptcy were the largest major European manufacturers of G scale trains. Thankfully the remains of the company were bought up by Maerklin and they appear to still be producing the G scale model train products.

Today under the LGB brand you can still purchase G scale models of European and U.S. steam, diesel, electric prototypes, as well as a large selection of coaches, trucks, and accessories. So, what are you waiting for? If you have read all of this article on G scale trains it is quite obvious you too have a deep interest in building a beautiful G scale model railway yourself, so please check out or large inventory of G scale model train cars and accessories and start planning the railway of your dreams today!

If you are still unsure about the scale you want to build your railway with, you can find more information on this website pertaining to O scale, OO scale, S scale, Z scale, Standard scale, and many others. Whichever scale you end up deciding on you can be sure with our help you will end up with a model railway that will not only provide you endless entertainment, but one you can be forever proud of.

Some of the top manufacturers are Aristo-Craft, Bachmann, Brass Imports, L.G.B, Lionel.