G-Scale Model Trains

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G scale model trains have got to be the best all around train size for beginners and experts alike.
These trains are bigger than most, at a 1:22 scale, one twenty-second the size of a real train.
This means that the train is six inches high and around 27″ long, ideal for children to handle with relative ease.
G scale is a really good beginning train for families that want to explore this hobby together. Many of these train sets are found around the holidays, trekking around a Christmas tree for example.
One of the nice things about these G-scale model trains is that they are easy to set up, since the tracks are larger and easier to handle. But because of its size, it takes up more room and even a simple layout can fill up a dining room table.
If you are planning a permanent indoor setting, then some thought and careful planning are needed. This is an excellent opportunity for families to get together and have some quality time.
Even if the children are smaller, they may still have some ideas you can incorporate into the layout and when you are building the bench work for the base, they can help you by holding the tools.
They can help you in other ways as well.
Because of its larger scale, these G-scale model trains are ideal for using and making scenery and buildings yourself.
There are many kids toys that are ideal for these things as well, people, some buildings, cars or trucks. Anything that they want to contribute can help.
You should explain to them that this item will not be played with unless you are all together. You can also have them help you make things, like taking an empty can and cleaning it and painting it for a water tower, or decorating a box to make into a building.
G scale model trains are also ideal for setting up outdoors and blend in quite well in garden settings or landscaping.
They are large enough to see from a deck or patio and can be set up with some really elaborate layouts. There are many different examples on video and in photos which you can view to get some ideas.
Many of these can be found online, or you can order a number of different books with layout designs.
It is a good idea if you are planning an outdoor design setting is to start from scratch, or as close as you can. Start with the track design, so you can lay out all the control wiring and any extra power for layout lighting or accessory needs.
Be sure that as you add things that you can still access these components with relative ease. You wouldn’t want to put in plants, for example, or you may have to dig them up when you have a problem.
There are many different basic sets available for G scale model trains.
If you want just a cheap model, you can usually find a basic set at many toy retailers. Many of these are in holiday themes and can have music, lights or other components.
Make sure that your children play with these under your supervision. If you are wanting something a little better, then you can expect to pay over one hundred dollars for basic sets with just the G scale train and tracks.

Dan B Morgan is the author of Model Trains For Beginners which contains more detail on G scale model trains – compulsory reading for any model train beginner. >> click here for more…

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Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan fell in love with model trains at the age of six when he visited an NMRA Convention in Seattle with his father. Forty two years later, his passion remains just as strong. After achieving a successful career in architecture, Dan’s particular interest is within layouts and buildings. With a wealth of knowledge on the subject, Dan loves nothing more than sharing this with others and is delighted in the forum of members who are brought together over the hobby they have in common. Dan lives with his wife Helen in Washington. As a professional painter, Helen has learnt through Dan about Model Trains and they now enjoy working on projects together. The only member of the family who isn’t allowed to join in is their over-enthusiastic Labrador called William who has been strictly banned from the workshop! You can find Dan on Google here!

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  1. charles
    7 years ago

    i don’t want to order on line-i want a telephone number if i should order- i don’t like the automatic membership in the club


  2. Endeavour105
    7 years ago

    MAMOD – Although the MAMOD train shown is roughly G-Scale size, they run on O or G guage track. The pic shows O gauge track – not G.


  3. Rich
    7 years ago

    Scale in G “scale” is a tricky deal, ranging from 20.3:1 for USA narrow guage, 22.5:1 LGB European and USA, Delton/Aristo Classic 24:1 (my choice due to the large number of diecast vehicles, and figures available)USA, and Aristo, etc. 29:1 modern USA.


  4. Hostler
    6 years ago

    I agree with Rich. It is tricky dealing with G Scale, especially when you are ordering online. You really need to know your stuff. I want to start up an outdoor layout using steam era equipment but it’s so dog-gone confusing!


  5. Rosemary
    6 years ago

    I am looking for a G scale coal car that has operting mechanism (the bottom hatches open). Does anyone know where I can find one?


  6. George Collier
    2 years ago

    I must apologize Dan, for unsubscribing yesterday—-I didn’t think you were talking G scale. I have a lot of equipment but no layout. I have a large lot I could really put a BIG layout on, but IT,S right along a private road so I’d have no privacy, and before long, NO TRAINS!

    I do have a small location in the back yard, 50′ by 20′, but it’s not much. My wife is very cooperative and pulled a LOT of weeds and flowers out of here so I’d have SOMEWHERE to put my train., but I’m now 84, and am zilch in getting started cause’ I have no energy. I had a cancerous prostate radiated in 2000, and over time my testosterone and ambition,, plus all the ‘yard work’ I have to do is ZERO. But I DO want to put something up before I meet my Maker.

    In this plot, I have a double fish-pond to contend with, so my mind is on what I CAN do, but my energy is zilch, and this summer was too hot to do much–but if you cover G as well as the others enough, I’d like to re-subscribe. George

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