If you’re into model trains, you’ve probably already heard about LGB. The LGB (Lehmann Gross Bahn, or the ‘Lehmann Big Train’ in German) is the world’s best manufacturer of high-quality railroad model products.
History Of LGB Model Trains & Evolution Over The Years
Before LGB started manufacturing model trains, ‘O-scale trains’ were the most popular. O-scale trains come in various ratios–from 1:43.5 to 1:48–depending on the region.
Now, LGB took a gamble when they introduced the first ‘G-scale’ model train. It’s worth noting that G-scale train sets are about twice the size of O-scale trains.
Large Scale Train Manufacturer
Although G-scale is twice the size of the O-scale, it’s not the largest model scale train in the world. There are even larger model trains than the ones manufactured by LGB. What sets LGB apart from other model train manufacturers is that their products are considered to be the most popular ‘large scale’ trains.
Good For Indoor and Outdoor Use
All of their products are made from high-quality and weather-resistant materials. From the accessories, tracks, and locomotives, you can rest assured that they’ll all function indoors. Also, their products can even function even if it’s raining or snowing outside. This is why LGB trains are so popular because they can also be set up as an outdoor garden railroad.
LGB of America
By 1984, LGB launched their first model train in the United States, the Mogul steam locomotive. Despite the prices of their model trains, with prices starting at around $300 USD for the starter set, LGB sales soared even higher after entering the North American Market. Their sales grew at an enormous rate and became one of the most influential names in the toy industry in the 1980s.
Resurrects the Declining Market
The whole model railroad industry owes LGB for resurrecting the declining market. Before LGB came to the United States in the 1980s, the market was rapidly declining. But as soon as they introduced the Mogul steam locomotive in the region, the almost non-existing market rose from the ashes again. This is because they’ve changed the model railroad hobby by bringing a whole new scale. The popularity of LGB has been so immense that it immediately attracted imitators.
Manufactured More Model Trains
After having tremendous success when they entered the US market, LGB soon started introducing more model trains. They manufactured European and US steam locomotives as well as diesel and electric prototypes. LGB also manufactured a wide range of coaches, trucks, and other railroad accessories.
LGB is also known for giving their customers plenty of options when it comes to design. For instance, LGB provides options for their customers to choose a different roof and body designs for their standard 4-wheel coach. This allows customers to customize their model trains however they like.
Model railroading is one of those hobbies that’ll never die. Aside from being fun, it’s also one of those hobbies that can teach you a lot of things.