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Move your train set from the dark, cold basement to your lovely outside garden with popular G scale model railroads and trains. The tracks and assemblies are sturdy enough to withstand all outdoor climates throughout the year – but be sure to keep the locomotives inside for protection on their down time. G scaled train sets are also enjoyed indoors of course, but hobbyists typically display them in a backyard running through beautiful flowers, over flowing streams and ponds, and under covered bridges; the possibilities are endless.

Location is Everything

G scale model trains can range in size from 1:20.3 to 1:32 scale proportions. Don’t let this large-size locomotive go to waste; be sure the location is effortlessly visible for guests since it is the perfect conversation piece. In addition, the track should be easily accessible for maintenance purposes. Try laying the tracks in a simple oval or figure 8 fashion around a small water pond, rock garden, or flower bed so if anything needs fixing or cleaning it is within an arm’s reach.

Equipment Options

If you are just starting out and don’t know where to begin, try purchasing a G scale model railroad starter set. Bachmann starter sets include a power pack, a speed controller, and a helpful how-to video and instructional manual as well. Some starter sets however aren’t sturdy enough for outside use, so keep that in mind as you shop. Kid-friendly options include Bachmann’s large scale Thomas the Tank line set and Bachmann’s Li’l Big Hauler line which includes a child-friendly locomotive and two passenger cars. With not so many little pieces for kids to break these options are perfect for tiny hands. Don’t forget all the pieces for your railroad set including G scale model trains, including railroad freight cars, locomotives, and passenger cars, tracks, and accessories. Other popular brands to choose from include Aristocraft, Lionel, PIKO and USA trains.

Maintaining the Track

If you decided on purchasing an outdoor rated G scale train set or model train, the weather conditions and what it means for your track might be in the back of your mind. Where is all that water going to go in heavy rains? If there is a lot of pooling in the middle of your layout you may need to consider putting in drainage pipes to transfer the flow of water to another area. Another option is to elevate the railroad and build it up to keep from flooding. It is also wise to keep in mind you will need to keep the track clean from dirt and debris to keep it working properly.

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