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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".

Aristocraft Delton G Scale Box Car-Redman Tobacco 4255R
Aristocraft Delton G Scale Box Car-Redman Tobacco 4255R
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Aristocraft ART 81096 limited edition gondoal G scale
Aristocraft ART 81096 limited edition gondoal G scale
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New Bright Holiday Express Christmas Train Animated Elves 18 Feet of Track with
New Bright Holiday Express Christmas Train Animated Elves 18 Feet of Track with
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10 pcs G scale 1:24 Park Benches platform settee #CO
10 pcs G scale 1:24 Park Benches   platform settee #CO
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60 pcs All Seated G Scale 1:24 Painted Figure People
60 pcs All Seated G Scale 1:24 Painted Figure People
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LGB Anniversay Trolley 1988
LGB Anniversay Trolley 1988
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DELTON 4255D Dr. Pepper Soda Box Car (Yellow) *G-Scale*
DELTON 4255D Dr. Pepper Soda Box Car (Yellow) *G-Scale*
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G Scale Delton Western Union tool car
G Scale Delton Western Union tool car
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USA R13029 CHRISTMAS 2011 REFRIGERATOR CAR NEW
USA  R13029 CHRISTMAS 2011 REFRIGERATOR CAR   NEW
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LIONEL 8-87027 CHRISTMAS BOXCAR 2006 NEW MINT
LIONEL 8-87027  CHRISTMAS BOXCAR 2006    NEW   MINT
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Aristo Craft G Scale Alco Locomotive Amtrak Cab (complete w doors)
Aristo Craft G Scale Alco Locomotive Amtrak Cab (complete w doors)
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Aristo Craft G Scale Alco Locomotive Handrails (rear of loco)
Aristo Craft G Scale Alco Locomotive Handrails (rear of loco)
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Aristo Craft G Scale Alco Locomotive Fuel Tank
Aristo Craft G Scale Alco Locomotive Fuel Tank
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Aristo Craft G Scale Alco Locomotive Stirrup Step (front of loco)
Aristo Craft G Scale Alco Locomotive Stirrup Step (front of loco)
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Aristo Craft G Scale Amtrak Alco Locomotive Shell #2036 (parts or repair)
Aristo Craft G Scale Amtrak Alco Locomotive Shell #2036 (parts or repair)
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Aristo Craft G Scale Alco Locomotive Center Stirrup Steps set of 2 (1 broken)
Aristo Craft G Scale Alco Locomotive Center Stirrup Steps set of 2 (1 broken)
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Aristo Craft G Scale Alco Locomotive Door Handrails
Aristo Craft G Scale Alco Locomotive Door Handrails
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Aristo Craft G Scale Alco Locomotive Stirrup Steps set of 2
Aristo Craft G Scale Alco Locomotive Stirrup Steps set of 2
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LGB Passenger Coach, 3080-E 01, (Vintage), Pennsylvania Rail Line Green
LGB Passenger Coach,  3080-E 01,  (Vintage),  Pennsylvania Rail Line Green
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LGB The Big Train G-scale electric train set
LGB The Big Train G-scale electric train set
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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.