|Written by Paul D. Race for Family Garden Trains(tm)|
O Gauge Outside Articles - Tips and Tricks for Using O Gauge Trains and O Scale Accessories on Garden RailroadsLong before LGB reinvigorated garden railroading with their "G-Gauge" trains, people had been running other kinds of trains outdoors, including O-gauge trains from companies like Lionel. Of course Lionel trains and accessories were rust-prone, so people had to take their trains back in when the weather turned damp, but recent developments in track have made O Gauge Outside more feasible than it was just a few years ago.
If you don't already have Lionel trains and accessories, and you want a garden railroad, please investigate Large Scale trains, like those by AristoCraft, Bachmann Big Hauler, and LGB - it really is easier to build a garden railroad with trains that are made to run outside.
But if you own and love Lionel and similar trains, you can have a working O gauge railroad outside. Several folks who are breaking new ground in this hobby have been keeping me informed, as new products, methods, and technologies become available. The following articles are currently available on the Family Garden Trains(tm) web pages:
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