G scale trains are large model trains that can be used indoors and outside. Often individuals think that the letter ‘G’ stands for ‘Garden’. However, this is not the case at all.
The letter ‘G’ has actually been taken from the German word; ‘Grob’, meaning big. The Ernst Paul Lehmann Company; manufacturers of electric, steam, and diesel models of both US and European trains for hobbyists and serious collectors, introduced the G scale to the model railroading world in 1968, when they released their ‘Lehmann Gross Bahn’ (LGB) or ‘Lehmann Big Train’.
Before long these large trains became highly popular among hobbyists around the world who wanted to set up their own model railways in their gardens, hence the confusion around the letter ‘G’ standing for Garden.
The Introduction Of G Scale Trains
When Ernst Paul Lehmann released their large and brightly colored plastic trains in the late 1960s, they were an instant success. These plastic trains, and their tracks which were made of brass, steel, or aluminum were very durable and could be seen in backyards throughout England.
In the US, the response to G scale model trains was tepid until they made a big splash at the 1924 Los Angeles Fair. Initially set up under a tent, the ‘Fairplex Garden Railroad’ was moved outside in 1935. It has since received worldwide acclaim as the world’s largest and longest running train of its type.
G scale trains began to make even more headway into the hearts and minds of Americans when, in addition to their famous line of European trains, Ernst Paul Lehmann began to make classic American trains like the ‘B&O’ and the ‘Santa Fe’. These trains continue to be enjoyed among toy train enthusiasts today.
Every real collector must have a G scale indoor /outdoor set to make their collection complete. If that set is an authentic Ernst Paul Lehmann LGB, then their collection will be valuable, and will stir great interest among fellow collectors.
These trains are not just for collectors, however. Due to their sturdy construction they can withstand being handled by the most rambunctious youths. One of a G scale model train’s selling points is that it has many working parts, which is what makes operating one so much fun. Its durability therefore makes it a great investment. Also, these trains usually only require very little maintenance, whether they are used indoors or outside.
Not surprisingly, many of the models on the collectors market today are trains the owners used when they were young children.
An Excellent Book That Supports Your Passion For G Scale Model Trains
One of the best ways to learn more about any subject is to read. Good pictures in books have the power to bring words to life, and this is apparent in Robert Schleicher’s book, ‘The Large Scale Model Railroading Handbook‘, available from Historic Rail.
Not only does this book offer a number of layouts for you to consider, it can teach you how to build and outdoor garden layout or an indoor train layout using some of the ready-to-run models manufactured by Bachmann, LGB, Aristo-craft, Lionel and others.
All of these models mentioned will operate on the same G scale track and are fully interchangeable.
This well-written 222 paged book also includes valuable advice regarding two-wire/two-train controls, radio controls, layout construction, landscaping and more, and also features over 275 black and white photos and 48 color photos.
Whether you would like to know more about operating a G scale train set just for fun, or you are serious about your G scale model trains and their large and realistic layouts, this handbook can be your guide.
In conclusion, although trains in smaller scales can be fun to operate in limited spaces, being able to create a new world by constructing a layout for a G scale model train is a thrilling experience. By operating G scale trains manufactured by well-known model train companies, and by getting the right advice from those in the know, your layout can become more life-like than you could possibly imagine.