G scale model trains are the workhorses of garden railways around the world. Running on 1 gauge track, 1:22.5 G scale trains have been around since 1969. That’s when the German company Ernst Paul Lehmann Patentwerk released its new line of brightly colored, highly durable, plastic LGB (for Lehmann Gross Bahn, or "Lehmann Big Train") locomotives and railcars to the world.

Despite its relatively recent association with LGB, garden railways were popularized in England during the earliest years of the 20th century. Precursors to G scale, garden railway trains ran on 1 gauge tracks, although O gauge tracks were also known to loop and circle around British backyards, which generally had more room for this sort of thing than the interiors of most British homes.

Garden railways did not catch on in the U.S. until the 1920s. In 1924, at the Los Angeles Fair, the Fairplex Garden Railroad was erected under a tent. In 1935, the layout moved outdoors where it has remained ever since, the largest and longest running railway of its kind in the world. In 1997, the tracks and trains were swapped out from their original gauge, which was ½-inch to 1-foot or 1:24, to proper G gauge.

Despite this early success and acceptance, garden railways remained a novelty in the U.S. before World War II—American Flyer promoted "Backyard Railroading" in its advertising, but never sold many trains designed for outdoor use. After the war, with the smaller O scale and HO scale trains firmly entrenched among model railroaders, the notion that big trains would ever again gain acceptance must have seemed fanciful. Which is why the introduction of the LGB G scale in 1969 was such a gutsy move.

LGB did not help its cause in the U.S. by initially offering only European trains—there’s probably only so much fun a boy in Iowa is going to have with a model train labeled "Austrian Federal" or "Rhaetian Railway." The new scale did not fare much better in England, where traditions were even more firmly established.

But in 1972, Model Railroader magazine published an article about LGB. From then on, the G scale began its rise in acceptance among an increasing number of model train enthusiasts. Today, LGB makes G scale trains for all the popular U.S. road names—from B&O to Santa Fe—all of which run on brass tracks that are designed to weather the elements.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Airfix Model Railways

Airfix Model Railways

Dave McCarthy's Airfix Model Railway treasure trove is an in-depth archive of the company's plastic railway kits fr… [read review or visit site]

Gateway NMRA

Gateway NMRA

This great reference site for model railroaders, from the Gateway (St. Louis) division of the NMRA (National Model … [read review or visit site]

HOseeker.net

HOseeker.net

This site is a treasure trove of HO scale model railroad manufacturer catalogs and other reference information, inv… [read review or visit site]

Postwar Lionel Trains Library

Postwar Lionel Trains Library

Bernie Schulz’s Lionel Trains Library focuses exclusively on postwar Lionel trains and accessories. The site cont… [read review or visit site]

Eric's Trains

Eric's Trains

Eric Siegel's site displays his collection of O-gauge/O-scale trains, tracks, turntables, and other accessories. A … [read review or visit site]

Tech Model Railroad Club of MIT

Tech Model Railroad Club of MIT

MIT's model railroad club, as one might expect, has one of the best websites for learning about how people play wit… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Lgb, Queen Mary Series, # 22560 Diesel Locomotive, Santa Fe, Mint !Lgb 22562 At&sf Diesel LocomotiveUsa Trains G-scale Norfolk & Southern Sd70 Mac Diesel LocomotiveLgb Brass Track Lot. Over 50 Feet Of Track !!Aristo Craft 10 Pieces 5' Straight Brass Track 50ft Total A11098 Euro Ties NoresLgb 2085d Mallet Steam Locomotive, 0-6-6-0t Smoke And LightsBachmann Spectrum G Scale 55 Ton Three-truck Shay Locomotive MibLgb #22562 Santa Fe Diesel W/sound & Lights....boxedG Scale Guage Lgb Lehmann Flat Bed Wagons Carriages Cars X 5 P/u WynnumAristo-craft Art-84100 G Scale Mikado Live Steam Locomotive W/factory Rc Lgb G Gauge 2015d Steam Locomotive & Tender 80-82 Made In Germany UsedLgb Chloe Grizzly Flats Locomotive Train 20130 - New In Box! No Reserve!!!Lgb Large Scale 92277 Anna 0-4-0 Steam Locomotive Original BoxLgb 2080s G-scale 2-6-2 Steam Locomotive With Smoke & SoundAristo-craft 20194 Stainless Steel 5' Straight Track Sections (10)Lgb 2015d Steam Locomotive & Tender/boxAristo-craft Art-23010 Union Pacific "flag & Wings" Dash-9 Diesel LocomotiveSd45 Diesel Locomotive Prr Pennsylvania Aristo Craft # Art 22409Lionel At&sf Legacy Scale 4-8-4 Northern Santa Fe #3751 6-11332 RefurbishedG-scale Chessie Lighted Bay Window CabooseLgb G Gauge Colorado And Southern 2-6-0 Steam Mogul Lgb 2019s W\\ Tender UsedLgb G 2028d D.,s.p.&p.r.r 2-6-0 Mogul Locomotive #71 W\\ Tender Used 1988-90Lgb 2017 0-4-0 Rio Grande Steam Locomotive & Tender/boxAristo-craft Train Engineer 10amp R/c Walk Around SystemLgb G Gauge 2017d Green 0-4-0 Tender Steam Locomotive 84-90 Made Germany UsedLgb G Scale Starter Set Big Train 120 Volts (72400) Lgb #22400 Rhb 413 Crockodile....boxed8 5' Aristocraft Brass TrackBachmann G Scale #177 Denver & Rio Grande 4-6-0 Steam Locomotive Set In C-7 ExG Scale Aristo 41015 B&o Gondola NibLionel Baltimore & Ohio Legacy Scale 2-8-8-4 Em-1 #7621 6-11337 RefurbishedLgb2140 Krokodile Electric Locomotive In Green-new Car In ObAristo Craft G Scale Milwaukee Road Locomotive & Tender In Original Box 1919 Gmc Track Repair Vehicle With Cargo Trailer For G Scale Track Lgb #2043 Rhb Arosa 622 Locomotive....boxedLgb G Gauge Curved Track Lot (20) Pieces Lgb #1600(2) Lgb G Scale Stake Flat Cars "never Used"Aristo Craft Lil' Critter G-scale Diesel Switcher Locomotive - B&o!!!!!Lgb PartsLgb G Gauge Track Lot (33) Pieces - ExcellentLgb Engine 2219 SL.g.b. Lehmann, No.2774, Stainz 0-4-0 Steam Engine, Locomotive, G.scaleL.g.b. Season Greetings G Scale Trolley Car (runs)(1) Vintage Delton Doozie Rio Grande Tunnel Engine #60 - G Scale Train EngineMarklin 55900 Db 1 Gauge 4-6-2 Steam Locomotive & Tender Ln/boxLgb #2046 Lehman-gross-bahn Rack Loco....boxedLgb 12360 Remote Three Way Switch With 12040 Lighted Switch Lanterns, No BoxLionel Rock Island 2-8-2 Mikado Legacy Steam Locomotive #2302 6-11286 Refurbi...Lgb 41560 Ore Laddle Car-new In ObLgb 1500 Track 12 Pieces In The Box G-scaleLgb 12260 Remote Slip Switch With 12040 Lighted Switch Lanterns, No BoxLgb G Scale Track 12 X 1000 Straight And 16 X 1100 CurvesAristo Craft Trains 100 Ton Hopper CarG Scale Lgb Inspection Hand Car, #2001 Lgb 50023 Factory Maintenance Kit-new In BoxLionel Csx Modern Auto Carrier Set (legacy Scale Sd80mac #809) 6-11180 Refurb...Mccoy's Wide G Ga. Cable Car - 1988 - 34th Nat. Tca Convention In San FranciscoLgb # 20582 Santa Fe F7 "b" Unit W/sound....boxedG Scale Aristo 22858 Long Island Rdc3 NibAristo-craft 20330 Usa Style Stainless Steel #6 Right Hand Switch

Recent News: G Scale Trains

Source: Google News

The High Quality HO Scale Model Train Figures That Can Save You Hundreds
DigitalJournal.com, April 23rd

The modeltrainfigures.com stock counts from 1:22.5 to 1:200 scale model scenery or in words of model railroad fans from G Scale to Z Scale. It is highly recommended to visit the website http://www.modeltrainfigures.com, they are always providing high...Read more

10 Engineering Toys From Your Youth
Design News, April 19th

I remember the Lionel train sets very well. In particular, I recall a Lionel steam engine that included a ..... Trains were also on my list and now I have HO, O and G scale trains that my kids are also fond of. I still have several Aurora racing car...Read more

Times Staff Report
Gadsden Times, April 18th

Kids of all ages who enjoy watching model trains run will have plenty of opportunities Saturday when the Coosa Valley Model Railroad Association hosts its 28th annual Train Show at Convention Hall. Association President Jim Bertch said five ... The...Read more

Ticket 4/18
Gadsden Times, April 18th

Kids of all ages who enjoy watching model trains run will have plenty of opportunities Saturday when the Coosa Valley Model Railroad Association hosts its 28th annual Train Show at Convention Hall. Association President Jim Bertch said five ... The...Read more

Annual train show to be held Saturday at Convention Hall
Gadsden Times, April 15th

The association's 12-foot by 22-foot N Scale traveling layout will be one of those operating at the show, along with 30-foot by 40-foot and 24-foot by 30-foot HO Scale layouts, a 12-foot by 12-foot N Scale layout and a G Scale layout. Bertch said 75...Read more

Modeltrainfigures.com One Of The Most Popular Producers of Model Train ...
DigitalJournal.com, April 15th

Their stock counts from 1:200 to 1:22,5 scale model items or in words of model train fans from Z Scale to G Scale. It is highly recommended to visit the website http://www.modeltrainfigures.com, they are always providing high quality model train...Read more

Gwinnett Parks and Rec honors volunteers
Gwinnettdailypost.com, April 12th

Silver Star Awards, a GCPR recognition, were presented to Norman Allum and Arnelle Obode. Allum was recognized for leading the charge as head engineer with Vines Garden Railroad in 2013, serving 111 hours while operating the largest G-scale railroad ...Read more

Museum tracks railroads' impact on state history
Tbo.com, March 25th

In the Mabel Jordan Barn, a G-Scale model railroad belonging to Jim and Kathy Mercier of Auburndale was on display, as well as some smaller model systems. Model train and hobby shop vendors from across the area were also available for train enthusiasts ...Read more