New to Larger scales

Discussion in 'G / O / S Scale Model Trains' started by sdickson0211, Jun 7, 2005.

  1. sdickson0211

    sdickson0211 New Member

    hey im a newbie when it comes to the larger scales, and after many years of HO and HOn30 scales, i am ready to move to a new scale. however im not really where to start i'd like to built it from a partial garden partially indoors railway but just fishing for ideas and help on what scales people prefer, im based in the UK so certain makers dont exsist. but any help on the choice would be appreciated.
  2. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hy sdickson0211, and welcome to the gauge.

    If you are going to the big scale I would suggest you look at the G scale.
    Great for the garden theam . :thumb:
    Bit pricy though :D
  3. Livesteam

    Livesteam Member

    I would go with G scale if you want a larger size, since you have had the HO scale the next step up would be O scale,A good company to buy engines,track and cars for G scale is Aristo Craft, there detail and prices are very good. I think there is a dealers list on the site so maybe some one in your area sells or can order from them.I do not have any of there products yet but i have seen them run and they are very strong engines.
  4. capt_turk

    capt_turk Member

    If you want to do any outside railroading, definitely go with G. LGB, Bachmann, Aristo, seem to be the major brands and have a good selection. Nice thing about G is that it is big enough to haul your beer in. lol
    A good place for info is at on the garden forum. Lota info and some great people.
  5. sdickson0211

    sdickson0211 New Member

    thanks guys

    Aristo craft is very specialist in this country so its uber expensive.....ah well, worth it.
    going to go for a g guage with much out door but with some indoors, shed. would you suggest live track or remote engines, i'd love to do live steam but its nearly , £1500 thats like $3000. sucks living in england..
  6. capt_turk

    capt_turk Member

    I'd start with track power. That's the way the come from the factory. Then convert as you have the funds. LGB sounds like it may be your best bet. Try a starter set to begin with. Don't know how much it would be in England but they can be found for about $200 U.S. here in the states.
    If funds are a real problem, look to making your own track. Small bar stock has been used with wooden ties. Alot of work, but you can save alot of money that way. Don't remember the site, but a guy in Aussyland has a web site where he built his like that.
  7. Steamtom1

    Steamtom1 Member

    Hey Dickson,

    You live in the hotbed of Live Steam. The Brits started live steam in the garden long before we even know it existed, here in the U.S.

    If you are ready to take the plunge into real model trains, check out E-bay on Live Steam. There is also one of the best live steam locomotive suppliers located in Doncaster--Roundhouse Engineering. Their offerings are absolutely the best. They always run perfectly, out of the box. If I lived in the U.K. I'd call Roger or Chris Loxley and take a tour of their operation in Doncaster. I have had four of thier locomotives and they are the absolute best.

    Here is one of their locomotives in operation...

    Let us know how it works out.


  8. Danny

    Danny Member

    Dickson, go to your newsagent and purchase "Garden Rail" British magazine and "Garden Railways magazine" US publication, these two magazines should give you great ideas and prices of equipment both in UK and the US.
    I am in Australia, and I must admit I buy more locos and such from the USA than locally, even paying Airmail postage it always works out cheaper than buying locally.
    Live Steam is BIG in the UK, as you will see in Garden Rail magazine.
    Best wishes for your new Garden Railway.

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