Whither G Scale and products

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Whither G Scale and products
Posted by Castor on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 8:12 AM

There has been a gap of some (gulp) twenty years since I was an active garden railroader and now that I have time and energy to return, I have noticed changes which leave me puzzled. First of all, I presume the hobby is shrinking and evidence this by the changes in publication frequency of Garden Railways and lack of products. For example, I want to buy a K-27 (1:20) but they are largely unavailable new or old and the odd model I do see sells for Fort Knox money. As for rolling stock, I see them only on eBay and they, too, at eye-watering prices.

This contradictorily tells me there is a shortage and a market out there. So, I rang Bachmann USA and asked if they were going to build any more K-27s and the nice person on the other end said: 'What would we do that for?' and did not want to answer any of the questions above.

 

What is going on, if anything?

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Posted by chocho willy on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 1:59 PM

Think because Bachmann decided to model in 1:20 scale that it turned out not to be that popular and like most things Bachmann does no money no make, there are still quite a few good deals out ther in that scale, and yes it is hard to find a K27 at a good price. I just purchaused a Bachmann 3 truck shay from Al Kramer @ www.roll-ez.com for $360.00 which included shipping and he still had a few climax's and C-19 left + some 2-6-0 old time moguls left, if dead set on the K-27 you might want to join G scale swap and shop on facebook is people are selling with no selling fees, Bill

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Posted by Trinity River Bottoms Boomer on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 3:20 PM

Check out Piko USA and Hartland.  Piko G scale trains are manufactured in Germany while Hartland is located in the Good Old USA in LaPorte Indiana.  Both offer high quality large scale trains at affordable prices.

Piko's 2-6-0 with sound is a honey of a model as is Hartland's Mighty Mack switcher. 

I got lucky and found a LGB Denver & Rio Grande Western combine here in Germany at a Red Cross Thrift Store recently for 60 Euros (around $55.00).  Both it and the box were new!  

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Posted by Castor on Thursday, November 29, 2018 11:05 AM
Thank you so much.
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Posted by Trinity River Bottoms Boomer on Friday, November 30, 2018 10:32 AM

You're quite welcome!

I hope we will see an entirely new Garden Railways web site emerge in 2019.  It appears that shifting magazine publication from bi-monthly to quarterly is marketing stragedy that reflects the current trend of large scale model railroading that's probably based on supply and demand.

In my opinion, when prices are compared, large scale trains offer much more for what a person receives than any of the smaller scale models from Z to O.  I considered O and S but despite the small space my basement room affords, I've decided a basic oval will provide me with the enjoyment I want from operating trains than a "larger" layout will in any of the smaller scales.

I can already visualize a short freight pulled by the LGB D&RGW '50 side rod, Hartland Mack switcher, or Piko GE 25 tonner.  In addition, the Piko enginehouse reminds me of the Revell HO scale structure that was offered in the 50s.  Just like the Revell model, Piko's also features the "automatic" (pressurized) door opening function! 

No, I won't operate long trains, but since I'm making plans on passing Milepost 73 in 2019, I want to be able to see them running without the aid of a pair of super sonic eye glasses!  Believe me, I'll still be having as much pleasure as the guys who operate "mile long" unit trains in any of the smaller scales.  To quote the famous Model Railroader slogan: Model Railroading is FUN.  You bet, it still is!

 

 

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Saturday, December 01, 2018 1:50 AM

"Trinity,"

I love your optimism!  As a recent returnee to railroading (20+ year break to do Navy stuff), it is nice to have the perspective of someone who has been there and done that!  

I left the hobby as it seemed to peak in the early '90-s.  Even though some of the brands are gone in terms of finished products, I was shocked when I returned to model trains a few years ago how many detail parts shops exist to help transform what is available into something unique. Maybe I was simply unaware of them before, but, oh, well.

Bottom line, Castor, in the words of the late Tom Trigg:  "Get outside, and get dirty!"

 

Aloha,

Eric

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