Model Trains – G Scale

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dave Swanson, Executive Director of The World’s Greatest Hobby Program, discusses how to get started in model railroading including the G scale.

    Dave Swanson: Hi! I am Dave Swanson, of the World's Greatest Hobby Program and today we are helping you get started in model railroading. In this clip, we are going to look at G Scale trains.

    The G Scale set you see running is a Bachmann freight set, that features an old time steam locomotive and a couple of old time freight cars. With G Scale, you have a very easy to use train. The set is large and does not require extensive eyesight or hand-eye coordination.

    It's also very rugged and stands up to small children much better than some other smaller scales. G Scales are called G for a reason and that's because it's frequently used in gardens. It's a subset of model railroading, called Garden Railroading.

    A lot of people actually run their model trains through their garden and combine the hobby of gardening and model railroading, making a very interesting and extensive hobby.

    G Scale only has one drawback, is it is big and does require a lot of room. But for some people and particularly if you are putting the trains outside, that's not really a drawback. G Scale trains tend to be a little more expensive than some of the other scales, with the average G Scale train being under $200 to $400 range.

    Now in our next segment, we are going to look at the other extreme of the scale and look at the smallest N Scale.