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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".

Hartland G-Scale Mack Engine 09705 Green
Hartland G-Scale Mack Engine 09705 Green
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Two Sets of Bachman Big Haulers 4 Straight Tracks and one Set of 4  Curved Track
Two Sets of Bachman Big Haulers 4 Straight Tracks and one Set of 4  Curved Track
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Hartland G-Scale Mack Engine 09710 Undecorated Black
Hartland G-Scale Mack Engine 09710 Undecorated Black
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Kalamazoo 4-4-0 loco front wheels
 Kalamazoo  4-4-0 loco front wheels
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EZ Tec Scientific Toys Christmas Express Train Set PART G-Scale Caboose
EZ Tec   Scientific Toys Christmas Express Train Set PART  G-Scale Caboose
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Lionel Crayola Train Set G Scale Battery Operated 7-11548
Lionel Crayola Train Set G Scale Battery Operated 7-11548
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Piko G Scale 62239 Adams Gingerbread House Building Kit
Piko G Scale 62239 Adams Gingerbread House Building Kit
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Piko G Scale 62240 M Lewis Gingerbread House Building Kit
Piko G Scale 62240 M Lewis Gingerbread House Building Kit
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Piko G Scale 62200 Santas Work Shop, Building Kit (G-Scale)
Piko G Scale 62200 Santas Work Shop,  Building Kit (G-Scale)
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USA Trains G Scale Out Brac Reefer 15021B Union Pacific Jolly Boy Apples (#1054)
USA Trains G Scale Out Brac Reefer 15021B Union Pacific Jolly Boy Apples (#1054)
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USA Trains RTP10 Train Power 10 Amp Walk Around Power Supply w Momentum
USA Trains RTP10 Train Power 10 Amp Walk Around Power Supply w Momentum
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USA Trains G Scale R31006 Santa Fe "Super Chief" Vista Dome #1 Passenger Car NEW
USA Trains G Scale R31006 Santa Fe "Super Chief" Vista Dome #1 Passenger Car NEW
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USA Trains G Scale 14027 70 TON 3 BAY COAL HOPPER CP Rail - Black
USA Trains G Scale 14027 70 TON 3 BAY COAL HOPPER CP Rail - Black
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Piko G Scale 62702 North Pole Water Tower Built-Up Building (G-Scale)
Piko G Scale 62702 North Pole Water Tower Built-Up Building (G-Scale)
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USA Trains 12101 G Scale Extended Vision Caboose SANTA FE RED BLK
USA Trains 12101 G Scale Extended Vision Caboose SANTA FE RED BLK
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Piko G Scale 62715 River City Shinn's Billiard Parlor Built-Up Building (G-Scale
Piko G Scale 62715 River City Shinn's Billiard Parlor Built-Up Building (G-Scale
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USA Trains G Scale 42 Foot Modern Tank Car R15255 Sunoco - Black
USA Trains G Scale 42 Foot Modern Tank Car R15255  Sunoco - Black
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Piko G Scale 62711 North Pole Elf Dorm Built-Up Building (G-Scale)
Piko G Scale 62711 North Pole Elf Dorm Built-Up Building (G-Scale)
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USA Trains G Scale 16455 U.S. REEFER CAR Red Diamond Pears - Green Yellow Red
USA Trains G Scale 16455 U.S. REEFER CAR Red Diamond Pears - Green Yellow Red
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USA Trains 12172 G Scale Center Cupola Caboose Union Pacific
USA Trains 12172 G Scale Center Cupola Caboose Union Pacific
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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.