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Greg from Mi.

Greg from Mi.
I have a large HO RR in the basement. I also love gardening and was thinking about an out door G scale for the summer months. How many feet do I need to turn and head back the same way?
Also do other garden RR use electric to power the engine?
Any advise would be great


I assume you are talking a dogbone style layout? Your first decision is what are you planning to run? I own a doodlebug, a 2-6-6-2 and a Davenport switcher........the Davenport will handle 4 foot diameter, the doodlebug needs 8 foot and the mallet falls in between. So the smallest area for the Davenport would be 4 X 12 foot.......the doodlebug would need twice that at a minimum.
Most G scale run on electricity, but some use track power and some use batteries. There are some who use live steam, but they are the minority.


I would have guessed the mallet required more than 8' diameter. It's interesting to hear you can turn it in less than that. I'd also guess that most G scalers use batteries and R/F, but have absolutely no experience with the scale. Like a lot of guys I'd love to have a modest garden railroad running around the house.


The Bachmann 4 -6-0 needs 4 ft diameter. That is what is in the Big Hauler sets. You can power the G Scale railroad the same as your HO with a power pack or go battery.
Most freight cars will be ok with small radius but just like HO the long freight and passenger cars look much better on larger radius.


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