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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".

USA Trains R-30203 UNION PACIFIC PASSENGER #140 OVERLAND RAILROAD MINT IN BOX
USA Trains R-30203 UNION PACIFIC PASSENGER #140 OVERLAND RAILROAD MINT IN BOX
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POLA LGB G SCALE BLACKSMITH DONALD KING LNIB C8
POLA LGB G SCALE BLACKSMITH DONALD KING LNIB C8
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Piko G Scale 62214 Fire Station Number 9 Building Kit Pleasantown Series
Piko G Scale 62214 Fire Station Number 9 Building Kit Pleasantown Series
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LGB G GAUGE # 20401 The Big Train Works
LGB G GAUGE # 20401 The Big Train Works
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PIKO 62228 RED RIVER STATION BUILDING KIT - G SCALE
PIKO 62228 RED RIVER STATION BUILDING KIT - G SCALE
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The Lionel Holiday Express Train IOB 7-11000
The Lionel Holiday Express Train IOB 7-11000
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Vintage Piko "G" Scale Old West Wasserturm Water Tower in Original Box
Vintage Piko "G" Scale Old West Wasserturm Water Tower in Original Box
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USA Trains R-30303 UNION PACIFIC PASSENGER #165 OVERLAND RAILROAD MINT IN BOX
USA Trains R-30303 UNION PACIFIC PASSENGER #165 OVERLAND RAILROAD MINT IN BOX
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G scale: Baltimore & Ohio box car and 40ft flat car with FA 1 diesel under tarp
G scale: Baltimore & Ohio box car and 40ft flat car with FA 1 diesel under tarp
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Aristo Craft G Scale Union Pacific Center Cupola Bobber #42208 Caboose
Aristo Craft G Scale Union Pacific Center Cupola Bobber #42208 Caboose
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Gondola with Pipe Load #40090 LGB Trains With Original Box
Gondola with Pipe Load  #40090  LGB Trains  With Original Box
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3019N LGB GERMAN GREEN MAIL CAR WITH LIGHTS LNIB C8     
3019N LGB GERMAN GREEN MAIL CAR WITH LIGHTS LNIB C8     
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LGB G 19901 Track Siding Expander Set 
LGB G 19901 Track Siding Expander Set 
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LGB G 41220 Red Gondola W  Steiff Bears  + Certificate
LGB G 41220 Red Gondola W  Steiff Bears  + Certificate
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LGB G 42430 Red Coal Tipper Wagon
LGB G 42430 Red Coal Tipper Wagon
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3036 LGB WHITE CIRCUS PASSENGER CAR WITH BEATIFUL GRAPHICS MINT C10
3036 LGB WHITE CIRCUS PASSENGER CAR WITH BEATIFUL GRAPHICS MINT C10
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Alaska Railroad Reefer McKinley National Park #9008 USA Trains w BOX!
Alaska Railroad Reefer  McKinley National Park   #9008  USA Trains w BOX!
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3013 LGB BLUE DINING CAR ? RESTAURANT #3614 MINT C10
3013 LGB BLUE DINING CAR ? RESTAURANT #3614 MINT C10
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47720 LGB WHITE MERCHANTS DESPATCH NY CENTRAL REFRIDGERATOR BOX CAR MINT C10
47720 LGB WHITE MERCHANTS DESPATCH NY CENTRAL REFRIDGERATOR BOX CAR MINT C10
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Woodland Scenics - Scenic Accents® Figures -- All Aboard - G - A2558
Woodland Scenics - Scenic Accents® Figures -- All Aboard - G  - A2558
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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.