This layout belongs to the Denver Garden Railway Society, which is the oldest garden railway club, one of the original such organizations, and one of the largest in the United States. It is a non-profit organization, dedicated to the education, promotion and enjoyment of all aspects of garden railroading. The DGRS founded the National Garden Railway Convention in 1985, and has hosted many of these events since, with attendees coming from all over the world. The next convention, in 2009, will be here, in Denver.
This layout consists of seven loops of track-powered electric operation, and battery-powered and clock-work trains. The elevated loops are for running live-steam locomotives and their trains, fueled by butane, propane or coal.
G-gauge railroading was originated by Ernst Paul Lehmann Patentwerk under the brand name of LGB, which meant “Lehmann Gross Bahn” or “Lehmann Big Train.” The “G” in G-guage is derived from the German word for “Big” – “Gross,” not “Garden.” Lehmann used to be the major European manufacturer of G-gauge equipment, but, unfortunately, went bankrupt. The company started producing G- gauge trains in 1968.
In HO, S, O and N, each is an actual, accurate miniaturized replication of the real thing, so the correct terminology would be, “HO scale,” or “N scale.” For example, HO track gauge and equipment are consistently 1/87th the size of the real thing. N scale is 1/160th the size of the prototype. Not so in G. G is more correctly identified as “G-gauge,” since the gauge of the track – 45mm, or 1-3/4” – doesn’t change. Rather, the scale of the equipment used changes in relation to the constant track gauge to reflect different railroad protocols, such as 3’ narrow gauge, which equates to a scale of 1 to 20.3. Standard gauge – prototypically 4’8-1/2” – is commonly referred in G-gauge as “Gauge 1”, and is about 1:32 scale.
Our Denver Garden Railway Society modelers can be regularly found running trains on this layout on Saturday mornings, during special museum events, such as our Day Out With Thomas, and occasionally during the week.