bachmann trains compatible lgb track?

b-16707 Nov 6, 2018

  1. b-16707

    b-16707 TrainBoard Member

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    Hey all, looking to swap out my standard steel bachmann track with something that may be a bit more 1. long lasting and 2. compatible. Doing a simple, indoor, small under-christmas tree circle 4 feet diameter layout with a switch track + straights for a siding of sorts to park my train.

    Wanted to add the LGB crossing as seen in this random site i found: https://bid.moyerauction.com/m/lot-details/index/catalog/18462/lot/2608705 but before jumping on the LGB track wagon, would my bachmann thomas train https://www.amazon.com/Bachmann-Scale-Thomas-Friends-Large/dp/B077ZVBHL3 work with this track? Im reading about g scale tracks coming in different scales and the need to swap couplers? Standard couples on my thomas train, the rectangle loop thing with hooks

    Questions in short:
    1. would my bachmann thomas work well on LGB brass track? (30deg curves)
    2. do i need to swap couplers?
    3. Would LGB aluminum tracks work well with brass track mixed?
    4. i also assume the bachmann power pack i have and the connector it comes with is compatible with LGB track
     
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2018
  2. RCMan

    RCMan TrainBoard Member

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    Yes, the LGB track is compatible. Also others like Peco and Aristocraft works and is compatible. Aluminum and stainless steel track is other options.
     
  3. b-16707

    b-16707 TrainBoard Member

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    So you are saying LGB track is compatible with bachmann cars/locos right and NOT saying that LGB track is compatible with aristo/peco track correct? Thanks!
     
  4. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

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    All G scale track should have the same spacing between the rails. Running sharper curves than your equipment is designed to handle can cause problems, and a change of couplers might not fix that.

    Placing different metals like brass and aluminum in contact with each other and running electricity through them will cause galvanic corrosion which will leave you trying to remove that corrosion later. It might damage the track in the way a car is damaged when the steel rusts away. I would never do that, myself. All the rail in my railroad is the same type of metal.
     
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2018
  5. Dave McDonald

    Dave McDonald TrainBoard Member

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    To answer your questions in order.

    1. YES
    2. YES
    3. YES BUT. I would not do that? LGB aluminum track is fairly rare while there are millions of pieces of LGB track out there. The ultimate track is stainless steel but brass is second.
    4. YES BUT. The power pack should work but without seeing the connector to the track, I doubt it will work. I use this and it works great and should work with your power pack.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/LGB-G-SCAL...h=item46864ca3db:g:jzAAAOSw1DtXEbJr:rk:3:pf:0
     
  6. RCMan

    RCMan TrainBoard Member

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    You can mix and match all three, but you must select your metal. Do not mix them. Stainless steel is cheaper than Brass, but brass track in more available.
     
  7. b-16707

    b-16707 TrainBoard Member

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    good stuff.

    ill just go with LGB as it seems more widely available on the used market.

    thanks!
     

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