Bachmann Industries is the largest model train manufacturer in the world, in terms of volume, and specialises in inexpensive high quality entry-level train sets sold in the mass market. 

Bachmann Trains produce a wide variety of G Scale Narrow Gauge Steam Locomotives in their Large Scale Big Haulers & Spectrum Ranges including their popular Baldwin 4-6-0 which comes in various railroad liveries (with more than 1 million sold to date). The Special Anniversary Editions of this American workhorse with the latest drive mechanism, metal side-rods, and separate detail parts represent a major advance on the firm's standard production.

The Spectrum Range takes quality and detail to an even higher level and now offers accurate and finely detailed 1:20.3 Scale Steam Locomotives such as the magnificent K27; Articulated Baldwin 2-6-6-2, imposing 55 Ton Three-Truck Shay; 2-8-0 Outside-Frame Consolidation; Narrow Gauge 4-4-0; 2-6-0 Mogul,  NG 0-4-0 Porter Side Tank; Baldwin Articulated 2-6-6-2 Saddle Tank Locomotive,. There is even a Narrow Gauge Rail Truck in 6 different liveries and the company have recently announced further releases (see News Page).

The range of locomotives is complemented by a large range of rolling stock including Observation & Passenger Cars, Cabooses, Flat Cars, Box Cars, Ore Cars, Tank Cars, Stock Cars, Freight Cars, Reefers, the list is endless. Their recently introduced Spectrum Range of accurate 1:20.3 scale wagons is of museum quality and now covers a wide selection of wagon types and liveries.

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LGB used to have an excellent website but due to its financial difficulties and changes of ownership in recent years this new site is not yet providing the coverage we had been accustomed to but as they say “watch this space” for future developments.

Update: Whilst the website is still difficult to navigate (and mostly in German) LGB are finally free of insolvency and have resumed trading under new management. We wish them well and look forward to the recently announced new releases (see NEWS page)


If you are interested in how G Scale Model Trains are actually made the following  video takes you behind the scenes on a tour of the LGB factory in  Nürnberg, Germany  in 2005 when production was centred there.

Aristo-Craft Trains, located in Jersey City, New Jersey, was founded in 1935 by Nathan Polk. Aristo-Craft has the largest selection of G Scale products on the market (a claim contested by USA Trains - see below). Models are accurate, highly detailed, well built and affordable but are mainly 1:29 Scale for mainline operations.
Specific eras: Steam (Pre-1940), Steam-to-diesel transition (1940-1960) 

USA Trains claim to have the largest selection of G Scale Rolling Stock in the world and on the basis of their website one can well believe it. Once again they tend to concentrate on 1:29 Scale for the USA market in their "Ultimate Series" but the company's "American Series" and "Work Train Series" are to 1:24 Scale for narrow gauge railroads.

GardenRail is the only British magazine covering all aspects of outdoor model railways, and the only related magazine worldwide, that publishes monthly. Appearing regularly twelve times a year, it thus provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview, not only of the developments within the model trade, but also the seasonal joys of the garden.

 Garden Railways has been the leading magazine devoted to the hobby of outdoor, large-scale model railroading for the past 25 years. It is published every two months by Kalmbach Publishing Co. in the USA but can be mailed to the UK for a modest subscription. Each issue brings you step-by-step modeling projects, fascinating photo tours of garden railroads, unbiased product reviews, new product announcements, tips from the experts, and much more!

Hartland specializes in high-quality, affordable G-Scale Locomotives and Rolling Stock: coaches, freight cars and cabooses. They also manufacture brass and aluminum track and other accessories for the Garden Railroader. HLW equipment is designed to run on #1 gauge track and is compatible with other G-Scale trains and track accessories.

Here you will find well over 350 MP3 recordings for free download, probably the largest resource on the web for UK steam railway locomotive sound recordings.


PIKO Spielwaren GmbH. produced their first train set as long ago as 1949 and are now a major manufacturer of G, HO, TT and N Scale. Their durable and weather-resistant G Gauge product range is continually expanding with many new models announced for 2010.