The term "scale" is misleading, as the
actual scale / size of the locomotives,
coaches and wagons vary from track to track. There
is no formal definition but "G Scale" was started
by the German firm of Lehmann in the 1960s, with a
trade name of LGB (which means the Lehmann Big
Railway), G scale is essentially the modelling of
narrow gauge railways on 45mm wide track (the same
as Gauge 1 but with a heavier profile).
As far a "Scale" is concerned popular
scales used are 1:20.3, 1:22.5, 1:24 and 1:29
although there are considerable variations. The
quality and variety of LGB products is almost
legendary and such has been their success that
many other manufacturers have entered the market,
including Playmobil in Germany, Bachmann in the
USA and a host of smaller firms in the UK.
G Scale products are generally:-
long-lasting, reliable and weather-proof, making
them ideal for garden operation. It is even
alleged that an elephant can stand on the track
without damaging it. Not many of us have tried
that! Some modellers run their stock straight from
the box, others build from kits, still others
build from scratch using metal or plastic
For more information about "G Scale"
visit the G Scale Society website - see our Web Links page.