LGB trains are known for their large size, known as G-scale. These are a favourite of outdoor train enthusiasts who build elaborate displays around gardens. The key to laying LGB track for a realistic look is to place the track onto a mound of rocks, known as the ballast. For indoor track, this gives the track a fun, detailed look. However, on outdoor track, the ballast serves a practical purpose. The ballast keeps the track level and in place, while allowing the track to expand and contract with climate change.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- G-scale track
- Crushed rock, small
Dig a trench, if working outside, about 2 to 3 inches deep. The trench gives stability to your ballast and allows for water drainage.
Fill the trench with ballast to the level of the trench. Use a brick or mallet to tap the rocks to make the ballast level and secure. The jagged edges of the rocks will lock together.
Place the track onto the ballast and level. This is time-consuming, slow work. Do not try to rush it. Making sure that each section of track is securely in place and level will result in a smoother running train line.
Add extra ballast material around in between the track. Tap the ballast to make sure it is secure.
Tips and warnings
- Ballast material can be any small, rough rock with jagged edges.
- Line your trench with a weed guard to prevent weeds from creeping up.
- Inside track layouts do not need a trench. Create a mound of ballast on top of your base material, such as covered plywood.
- Do not use river rocks for ballast as they have rounded sides. The smooth sides will not "lock" together to form a secure base.
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