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Old 12-08-2009, 07:27 AM   #1
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Default O-gauge vs. G-gauge Trains

I have always wanted a decent quality train around my tree and this year I bought one on impulse at AC Moor for $149. It is a G-gauge Pennsylvania Flyer. I looked up some reviews on Amazon and several people said the train doesn't stay on the track. I just saw an O-gauge set at Target for $199.

My kids are 5, 8 & 12. The idea is it would be part of Christmas going forward. Will this train set serve that purpose or should I return it for the O-guage. I don't need fancy, but I do want it to work.

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Old 12-08-2009, 07:39 AM   #2
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Well, the gauge of the train set doesn't really have much to do with it staying on the track or not...that's more an issue of quality and track layout. The gauge is the size of the train cars. I believe O is bigger, but I have a text message out to my brother right now (the model train collector of the family) to double check that. So it depends on where you want to put the train. Obviously a bigger train needs more space!

That probably doesn't help answer your question at all, but maybe knowing that the gauge isn't really a quality issue might help you decide what to do?

Ooh...just checked....G is the largest size, O is smaller. In that case, the gauge MAY play a part in staying on the track. Whenever I've had/played with train sets, the bigger trains have a hard time staying on track if the curve of the track is too tight. So if you exchange the set, keep in mind you'll be getting a significantly smaller one. The other option is to check the set you have for options on how to set up the track and make sure your curves are wide enough....

Good luck - have fun!
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Thanks, I wonder how wide the curve needs to be, I may or may not take it back.
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I happen to work for a large-scale magazine, and used to work for an O-gauge magazine.

I am guessing you bought a battery-operated train, possibly made by Bachmann. Those tend to have plastic track and wheels and are light, so they just don't stay on the track. If possible, I would take it back. For that price, it's just not going to hold up very long, and you'll end up frustrated.

Are you talking about the Lionel train sets at Target? They have two different sets, I think. This set is one of the lower-end starter sets, but it's decent quality. If if has a transformer (power pack), you'll be much better off.

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Take a look at [URL="http://www.jbarhobbies.com"] you can also email them with questions.

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I got to jbar, but they only have plane stuff.....
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