G Gauge Model Railways & Trains
Often called ‘garden railways', G gauge model railways and trains are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, as they tend to be weatherproof. G gauge railways were first manufactured by a German company called Lehmann in the 1960s. The company is also known as LGB. The G stands for ‘groß' which is German for big.
Gauge and Scale
Gauge is the measurement of the distance between the railheads. G gauge model railways measure 45mm (or 1.772 inches).
Scale refers to the ratio between the size of real-life items and their model reproductions. Unlike most model railway gauges, G gauge trains have a variety of scales. Scales vary between manufacturers, and even between the ranges of railway models they produce.
LGB's original scale was 1:22.5 and is called ‘G scale'. Other scales include ‘Gauge One' (1:32), ‘H'scale (1:24) and ‘A' scale (1:29). Be sure to check the scale of items to make sure they're compatible with your model railway.
Locomotives and Engines
A whole range of engines are available for G gauge railways, from models of Stephenson's Rocket to diesel locomotives. Model steam engines may come with or without tenders. Some have lights and may even have sound or smoke too. Most locomotives are powered by electricity, but some are battery powered.
Rolling Stock, Wagons and Carriages
Whether your model railway is a passenger railway or hauls freight, you'll need some rolling stock to complete the experience. Freight models range from basic open wagons to car transporters complete with vehicles. Passenger coaches include a variety of reproductions, like sleek streamlined US passenger cars and old style carriages that are pulled by steam engines.
Buildings and Landscaping
No model railway would be complete without passengers and a train station, although more than one station will make the experience even more realistic. Landscape your railway with shops, stonewalls and fences, and details like lampposts and letterboxes.