Garden railroading combines a love of trains and gardening. Garden railroads typically use G scale models and take up more space than most people have indoors.
Because of their size and rugged construction, G scale trains are ideal for young children, making garden railroading a great outdoor hobby the whole family can enjoy.
Toy train collections can be as small as one set or large enough to fill entire rooms. The collection shown here has taken a lifetime to create.
Because O scale trains are big and easy to handle, they are a great way to introduce young children to model railroading. Many O scale trains come equipped with sound making them more appealing to train fans of all ages.
Many model trains also feature great play value. Kids can interact with the trains by uncoupling cars, dumping logs, or loading barrels at the push of a button.
Model trains are an ideal way for children to use their imaginations fostering creativity.
The Turtle Creek layout, featured in the January 2003 issue of Model Railroader magazine, is a good first layout project for the whole family.
Even on a model railroad this small, you can have dramatic scenery. This little 4 x 8 foot HO scale layout features the rugged mountain landscape of Colorado.
This modern Southern Pacific diesel is just one example of the many new exciting products available to model railroaders.
Brightly colored models and animated accessories make building and operating a toy train layout just as much fun as collecting the trains themselves!
Here are Santa Fe War Bonnet F units in each scale. Starting on the left, the smallest locomotive is in Z scale (1:220 proportion). Next from the left is N scale (1:160 proportion), then HO scale (1:87 proportion),and S scale (1:64 proportion). The next largest locomotive is O scale (1:48 proportion) and the largest is in G scale (approximately a 1:29 proportion).