Why Garden Railroading
Is Increasing In Popularity
Creating A Garden Railroad In A Natural
Garden railroading (commonly referred to as G scale railroads or Garden Scale
railroads) is becoming increasingly popular because it combines the realism of
trains with a natural environment.
Some garden railroad layouts are complete with buildings, people and tiny
plants, whilst others have a track going through a full-size garden.
G scale garden railroad trains are larger than 0 scale (1:48) but smaller than
the trains that are large enough to ride on. G scale, is approximately 1:24
(varying from 1:19 to 1:32, actually). Most large-scale trains run on No 1 gauge
track (45mm between the rails). They are ideal for garden settings and because they
are large they are generally hard to derail. Some people also run O-scale (1:48)
Lionel trains outdoors.
With a garden railroad being outdoors, you are dealing with real life. Trees are
growing living plants, mountains are made of dirt, rivers are made of water, rocks
are made of stone. And, they are exposed to the weather!
Careful planning is important to ensure that your garden railroad operates
efficiently and stands the test of time. When choosing a location for a garden
railroad - question whether or not it is secure. You don't want any harm to come to
your garden railroad or model trains.
Although we can't mention every model railroading club, we will
from time to time feature news and activities happening at various garden railroad
clubs from around the world. Here is some information about a couple of clubs:
The Vancouver Island Garden Railroad Club (Canada) is a perfect
example. The garden railroad club was formed for like-minded people to share their
ideas and interest in garden railroading. These photos show a couple of different
garden railroads belonging to members.