Dave’s sent in these pics of his G scale trains:
Wanted to share with the “gang” my past railroading experiences, and where I’ve landed!
Like most kids, it all started on snowy morning after a visit from the Jolly ‘Ol Elf in the early sixties!
“HO” was my father’s drug of choice! 😉 He and his pals had spent the entire “Night before Christmas building and assembling an entire world of “make believe”. And I, at the tender age of 8… was hooked!
HO continued to be MY choice, as well. I LOVED the detailed modeling that seemed to set my layouts apart from those… so call “Christmas Tree Trains”. My trains stayed out all year long.
As I have experienced several, “trips around the sun”- my taste for the “train drug” grew! First with my two boys and now with my four grandchildren.
I’ve always loved the HO, but I have dabbled in “N”, old school “O”, Lionel and most recently “G”.
G scale trains is my NEW love affair. LGB – German engineering!! This stuff is amazing. So smooth in the operations. The gearing all mesh together so nicely! LOVE IT. And as eyesight starts to fade, it’s nice to be able to SEE the parts you are working on (a wonderful bonus)!!!
My latest “train room” is on 6 folding tables or about 90 square feet. I got my design layout idea from a wonderful gentleman in Baltimore, MD who is a master with LGB’s.
After visiting his shop for a repair part for my outside train garden, (not recommended for the weak at heart), I fell in love with his design.
So- now after several years of designing, building, laying track down and pick track up. I stumble upon “Al’s” website of all “you guys (and gals)” who love training as much as I do…. Very cool.
I tried to take some pictures of the layout. Hard to capture everything that is going on, as many of you, I’m sure- have experienced when trying to take photos of your layout…
“Pictures just don’t do it justice!”
Here are some of the hard facts, that might be of interest-
90 square feet
Setting on 6 – 2.5’x6’ plastic folding tables cover w/ green felt (easy set up)
11 LGB engines – (Santa train is NOT LGB, but I love it)
25 Various LGB rolling stock
15 Electric switches
11 Separately controlled sidings
25 Lamp posts
25 Hand built scenes
2 panoramic photos of European countryside
Auto Daytime lighting and sound effects
Auto Nighttime lighting and sound effects
Thunderstorms, complete with lightning and thunder
LGB Rack system that climbs 36”
160 feet of LGB track
And then, there is an older Lionel train system that I modified for my Granddaughter- (it’s pink, of course). It runs noisily under the (LGB) German Village!
Enjoy the pictures. Certainly, if you have any questions regarding “G” scale being used indoor!!! I hope this will prove that they aren’t just for outdoors anymore! Stay in… it’s sooo much nicer!
Cheers and thanks for your time! Oh- and thank you AL for all you do allowing us old duffers to yak on about this wacky hobby that our wives just don’t understand! hehe
Now on to Dave:
“Hi Al, just downloaded this short video.
I am loading a longer full version later so will probably send that as well , been having a few computer probs so got to sort out first
A big thanks to Dave – he seems to be having a lot of gun with his G scale trains.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to get going on your own layout.