New large-scale products from the August 2018 issue of Garden Railways magazine

Items from Piko, LGB, USA Trains and more
LGB Factory Trains
Piko locomotive
East Coast Large Scale Show boxcar
USA Trains passenger car

Engines & rolling stock

LGB (Märklin) has released a digital “Factory Train” (#L29050) to commemorate LGB’s 50th anniversary in 2018. The prototype of the so-called Factory Train stood for many years in front of LGB’s plant in Nürnberg. The model replicates this train and consists of steam locomotive Nº 99 5606, with etched-metal builder plates separately applied. The locomotive has an mfx/DCC decoder with many digitally controlled functions and sounds, as well as a built-in smoke unit, with steam exhaust synchronized to the motion of the wheels. Operational sounds also work in analog operation. All rolling stock is prototypically painted. The two-axle gondola has hinged hatch covers and a separately applied brake wheel. The two, two-axle boxcars have prototypically arranged brake shoes on the inner surface of the wheels. Price: $1,099.99. Website:

Piko America, 4610 Alvarado Canyon Rd., Ste. 5, San Diego CA 92120, has released a variety of new products. These include DB IV BR131 ‘Ludmilla’ diesel locomotive (#37582), which has directional LED lights and is ready for installation of a DCC decoder and sound. Price: $639.99. Also offered is an all-new powered rerailer (#35282). Locomotives may be placed upon it and, when power is applied, they will roll onto the track under their own power. Price: $109.99. For a complete listing of all new products, visit

Star Hobby, 1564 Whitehall Rd., Annapolis MD 21409, is offering a Spotted Cow boxcar, made by USA Trains, that commemorates the 2018 East Coast Large Scale Train Show. Four different road numbers are available. Price: $65 for one, $120 for two. Website:

USA Trains, 662 Cross Street, Malden MA 02148, is releasing a series of heavyweight passenger cars in 1:29 scale for gauge-1 track. The cars include a baggage/club car, coach, diner, sleeper, and observation car. The cars will be available for the New York Central’s 20th Century Limited (Pullman green/black roof), Pennsylvania Railroad’s Broadway limited (Tuscan red/black roof), Union Pacific’s Overland Route (two-tone gray/black roof), Santa Fe Chief (Pullman green/black roof), Southern Pacific (Pullman green/black roof), and unlettered (Pullman green/black roof). Cars feature blackened-metal wheelsets, rubber diaphragms, diecast six-wheel trucks, interior details with figures, full underbody detail, and more. Prices: all cars except observation, $479.95 each; observation, $499.95. Customers can purchase single cars, five-car sets, eight-car sets, and 10-car sets for each road name. Additional figures are also available. Website:


Plans from Garden Railways. We recently learned of an error on our DVD archive set. The PDF for plan set #28A (Gull Pond Station) is missing! To correct this problem, we’re making sets #28A and #28B available to everyone, free of charge, on our website. Get yours here.

Jeff Young and Peter Foley have authored a book about the Huntsville & Lake of Bays Railway, a fascinating short line that linked two steamboat lines in Huntsville, Canada. The Portage Railway is a hardbound, 204-page volume has been extensively researched and profusely illustrated. The book is available from The Credit Valley Railway Company, 2900 Argentina Road, Unit 24, Mississauga, Ontario L5N 7X9, Canada. Price: $69.95 CN. Website:


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