Lgb Model Trains

LGB is a famous name among model railway enthusiast, fame may not always equate to popularity though. There are relatively few people who collect LGB locomotives and rolling stock, this lack in popularity though is not because the LGB products are not high quality, but is due to that all of the products are manufactured in “G” scale.

G scale is one of the biggest model rail scales currently being manufactured and is a 1:22.5 scale, meaning that the models are almost one twentieth of the real size, or four times bigger than HO/OO scale. This large scale is great for those running a model railway through their garden but is less appetising for those building a layout indoors.

LGB are the premier manufacturer of this scale, and have over the years created a wide range of products that are both weatherproof and robust. Their models can be left outdoors around the year, and can be run even if it is snowing or raining.

The history of the company makes the model LGB trains extremely sought after by dedicated collectors. LGB is actually an acronym for Lehmann Gross Bahn, and as the name suggests is a German brand, that translates as the Lehmann Big Train. The LGB scale models started off in 1968 when the Lehmann Company introduced the scale to the world. It should be noted though that the company itself dates back to 1881.

LGB quickly established itself as the most popular brand around the world for G scale models, and was for a long time one of the few firms actually making models to that scale. Despite this dominance though there has been recent financial problems that saw the company splitting between European and American manufacturing, with the American arm becoming known as LGB of America, or LGBofA. The European arm though continued to struggle and eventually was brought out by Marklin, another well-known European manufacturer of model trains. Both arms now, though, are currently going strong with new models being manufactured.

As the products are being manufactured, either under the Marklin or LGBofA branding, there is plenty of products available for a collector to buy. The price though of new and old stock though may be restrictive to a newcomer to the gauge. New locomotives are running at about 800USD/ 400GBP to 3000USD/1500GBP. If the prices are not off-putting when it comes to collecting LGB models, then finding models is not difficult; most model stockists will either have products in stock, or will be able to obtain them. Additionally, online auction sites like eBay will normally have a number of models for sale at any one time.

The few dedicated collectors that there are of LGB will normally focus on one style of locos and rolling stock. Personally, I have seen a number of good garden layouts that have focused on an Alpine layout, making use of live steam locomotives. These layouts though do not have the details involved with HO/OO layouts and that is another thing that does put off some people from collecting the LGB models. Compared to other brands, the likes of Hornby and Bachmann, there is certainly a lot less range of items to collect. In all, there has only ever been one hundred and fifty freight trucks and passenger carriages produced, and a lot less locomotives.

In essence, LGB trains are great at what they are, a garden train set. They are though not something that new collectors of model railways will automatically look for. The price and lack of detail rarely make them the first choice.