This USA BIG BOY is one of the world’s longest G Scale garden railway trains with only (1) locomotive pulling (152) cars. Each car has been converted to ball-bearing metal wheels and body mounted Kadee couplers. The average weight per car is 2.67 pounds making the total dead weight pulled at 406 pounds! The actual “scale length” of this train is an amazing 1.2 miles long.
In the third segment of this video, they swapped out the (1) USA Trains Big Boy for (6) Aristo-Craft Dash 9’s. More power. More fun. And it really looks impressive!
The Palo Verde and Southwestern Railroad is an incredible outdoor layout designed to incorporate the realism of the Southern Pacific line as it ran through California and Arizona during the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s. Their trains run through mountains and forests, around lakes and over streams, as they operate on 4,000 feet of track.
This layout really lends itself to pulling these long trains. The PVSWRR has extremely long straight-a-ways. There is one straight-a-way with a length of 297 feet and another one with a length of 274 feet. All of their curved track has 20′ diameter curves or greater, and, all of their curved track is super elevated. So pulling long trains around the layout is very smooth.
If you know of any other G Scale garden railway layouts with over 4,000 feet of track we’d sure like to hear about it and share it with our readers. Please send your article or video link to Illiana Garden Railway Society.