The World of LGB Model Trains and Beyond

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LGB model trains are made in the G-scale, the largest scale of commercially sold model trains.

These large trains are made in Germany, and are some of the highest quality trains available for both indoor and outdoor layouts. They can range in detail from simple ‘toy’ designs, simple colors, not as intricate detailing, to the quality of detail that would envy the real thing.

LGB model trains are so good that they are made to stand the test of outdoor climates, including snow, and are made from the highest quality weather and impact resistant materials.

The gearboxes are sealed against moisture or dirt and the track rails are machined from solid brass. This brand of train is made with simplicity and diversity in mind, the track sections will connect together without tools, and have predrilled holes that make them ready to attach to permanent foundations.

All the wiring and electrical components are color coded, so there is little or no confusion in setting up the power system.

Their advanced technologies in sound and motion make them work automatically. You just push the throttle and the bells and whistles, even simulated steam, work by themselves.

The digital LGB Multi-Train System lets you control 23 trains from one controller. These sets are ready to run, meaning that you have no other small parts to put together. Just set it up and start using it right away.

LGB has more than 600 G scale products to choose from, including steam, diesel and electric locomotives, and over 150 different styles of freight and passenger cars.

There are signals, overhead catenary lines, bridges, figurines, and over 30 different kinds of track. With their advanced controller systems, you can operate a great outdoor railroad with just a minimal amount of effort.

The Passenger Starter Set with Sound is a wonderful way to introduce yourself or a loved one into the hobby of model trains. It consists of a “Stainz” steam locomotive, with electronic sounds and even a smoke generator. There are two passenger cars, five figures, and enough track for a 51″ circle, quick connect cables, and a 1 amp power supply. This basic set is just under $400, but there are optional track packages available to expand your lay out as much as you want.

You won’t have trouble finding LGB model trains online and occasionally through some retail outlets. You can even go to their official website, if you understand German. There are other sites that sell their model trains at retail and discounted prices.

There are many other resources online, including many example photos and videos of lay out designs, books on model rail road designs, do’s and don’ts, all kinds of useful information.

Often during the holidays, you will find LGB model trains on display in recreation centers, and even museums. Some hard core enthusiasts even travel around with other model train layouts and set them up at fairs and conventions.

Dan B Morgan is the author of Model Trains For Beginners and researches LGB 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. Jeff
    5 years ago

    I bought a LGB starter set #23301 in 1997. I set it up every year for Christmas, this is the first year I am having problems. It runs for about 30 seconds then stops for 20 or 30 seconds and starts and stops every 20 or 30 seconds. I cleaned the track and changed the transformer, and it still does it. Any suggestions out there would be appreciated.
    Thanks, Jeff


  2. Dan Morgan
    5 years ago

    Hi Jeff, come over to the forum and we can help you out there. It sounds like a volt drop problem but will require a bit of diagnostics. Cheers Dan


  3. Tom Putnam
    5 years ago

    I am interested in purchasing two G Scale remote uncouplers. Can you please provide me with information on how the LGB 1056, LGB 150MM with signal 10560 or the Marklin 24997 work.

    Tom


  4. Dan Morgan
    5 years ago

    Hi Tom, if you ask in the forum there are many G-Scale experts that can help you. Cheers Dan

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