G Scale Model Trains

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When model train hobbyists refer to large-scale model trains, part of the scales grouped into the large-scale trains is the G scale.

Its size is considerably larger compared to other types of model trains.

In fact it is the largest of the popular scales that model train hobbyists deal with.

G scale model trains are usually 1:22 to the actual size.

That means that G scale model trains are one twenty-second of the size of the real train prototype. Other types of model trains come in lower ratios.

The O scale which is also considered part of the larger-scale trains is only 1:48 to the actual size which is roughly half the size of the G scale model trains.

The G scale model train has a length if about 26.7 inches and a height of about 6.0 inches in comparison to the O scale model trains which have a length of about 16.1 inches and a height of about 3.6 inches.

The G scale model train was pioneered by Ernst Paul Lehmann Patentwerk, a German company often referred to as Lehmann Gross Bahn (LGB) or “Lehmann Big Train” in English.

The company was founded in 1881 and had a USA side of the company called LGB of America.

G scale model trains are large and are also commonly referred to as “Garden Railroading” thus the common use of term “G Scale.”

The letter “G” is also short for the German word groß which literally means “big” which coincides with its German history.

Just like other large-scale trains, G scale model trains will run on No. 1 gauge track.

The No. 1 gauge track is 45 mm between either rail.

It is their durability that makes them the perfect choice to be used in the garden or the outdoors.

G scale tracks are usually made of brass. They require almost no maintenance from the owner. The only thing that these big train lovers need to do is to give the track a single wipe of clean cloth and its set for operations once again.

The G scale model trains could be used for indoor purposes as well, depending on the make up of the model train.

The best G scale manufacturers in the United States are Aristocraft and Bachmann.

People love the benefits of a G scale model train because of its durability.

Parents can feel assured that their kids will be able to play with it and have a toy like this that will last for many years to come. G Scale model trains are a great hobby for parents and children to enjoy together as well.

Parents can feel confident that their children can handle these trains although small children may lack the gentleness it takes to handle train scales of a smaller size like the N scale which is only about 4.8 inches in length and about 1.1 inches in height.

With the amount of time that model trains have been around, train makers have given us different size trains for every purpose.  This includes the G scale model trains.

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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. robertwelter
    7 years ago

    who makes the best ho scale train set

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