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Written by Paul D. Race for Family Garden Trains(tm) and Garden Train Store(tm)

Track Order Form - Updated for 2015

This page is a cross-reference list of track products that are especially useful to people who are beginning their garden railroads. When we started this page back in 2006, only two major brands were widely available, and we had several sources for many of the products. So we listed AristoCraft and LGB track numbers and linked to several vendors. In the intervening years, both LGB and AristoCraft have experienced business setbacks, and and several of the stores that used to sell their track have gone out of business.

For this version of the page, we are still linking to Amazon listings where we can - Amazon's treated most of our readers right most of the time, which I can't say about all suppliers. We're retaining the product ID listings for all the track we used to list, and many new pieces. That way, you have the information you need to help you keep things sorted out, whether we have a supplier to link to or not.

Track manufacturers in this list are:

  • LGB invented the kind of track most garden trains use, including the profile (size and shape) of the rail. LGB was manufactured by a German toy company that went bankrupt in late 2006. They were bought out by Maerklin (another European company that moved some of LGB's manufacturing to Eastern Europe and some to China). For a while it was very hard to get LGB track, but Maerklin finally shipped a bunch. So right now, many different LGB track products are available. On the other hand, Maerklin has since run into financial trouble and changed ownership, so it might be a while before much more track is shipped. In other words, don't assume that all the LGB track products that are available today will be available three months from now.

  • Polk's GeneratioNext track is identical to AristoCraft, who introduced some great improvements to garden train track. In fact the first container load is labeled "AristoCraft," since it was already being shipped when AristoCraft went out of business. Scott Polk, AristoCraft's last CEO, began the GeneratioNext company so that track would still be available. Scott's hope is that if he can recoup enough money from track sales, he may eventually be able to start selling Large Scale trains again.

    As of September, 2015, a new container of track has hit the shore, so a number of products that have been unavailable period are available again. Scott hasn't started sending stock out to many distributors yet - the demand is too high. But the list of track products available on Scott's web page is continuing to grow.

  • Bachmann just started making track that could be used outside (the "stainless steel" track that come with their train sets is for indoors only). Though the bottom of the rail has a "dip" in it, maybe from the manufacturing process, you can't see that when the track is installed. The rest of the rail profile is the same, and it works well with Bachmann and Aristo track. We don't have a Bachmann track vendor to link to yet, but we provide the product IDs for the most popular pieces in case you can find them close to you, or we find a supplier later on. Note: The "stainless steel" track that Bachmann packages with their train sets is not designed for outdoor use. If you are ordering Bachmann track through the mail or a web page, be certain to order the brass track.

  • USA Trains' track is made by Charles Ro. It is very is similar to Aristo, and totally compatible. A friend just told me he was able to order most of what he needed for a small starter railroad from the Charles Ro web page. I have listed some of the more popular USA Train parts numbers in case Charles Ro still has it in stock or you come across it in a store somewhere.

  • Piko garden trains started coming to American when the supply of LGB trains "thinned" in the 2007-2009 timeframe. Piko's American distributors have since made a full line of Piko track products available. However Piko's preformed curves are shaped a little differently from the other products on this page so they're not entirely interchangeable. However, a friend tells me she has bought Piko's 5' sections and used them interchangeably with LGB.

    If you are starting out with a Piko starter set, or if you are starting a new railroad and you don't need to worry about compatibility with existing track, you might want to compare the overall cost of ownership if you use Piko exclusively.

In addition to the products listed on this page, if you click through on any of the Amazon links, you can easily find other track products by the same manufacturers - we only have listed the most popular products.

Note About Amazon: We're not saying you have to buy your track through Amazon. In fact, if you can find it at a local dealership, buy it there. However, for our pages, we only link to stores that A: we trust to give our readers good service and B: give us explicit permission to set up these links. One additional feature of Amazon is that if several companies are selling the same product, you can comparison shop right on the same page.

Note About Other Manufacturers: Track from Hartland Locomotive Works (HLW) is physically compatible with LGB, although the tie shape is a little bit different. You usually only get HLW track if you order it directly from HLW, though, so I didn't list it here.

If you come across some other brand and want to know more about it, please contact us

For more information about different kinds of garden train track, please check out the Garden Railroad Track Options page. Also, the article "Is Aluminum Track a Viable Option?" reviews many users' experiences to help you determine if it will likely work for your railroad.

Please contact us with any questions.

Note about Suppliers: While we try to help you get the trains and other products you want by recommending suppliers with a good record of customer service, all transactions between you and the supplier you chose to provide your trains are governed by the published policies on the supplier's web site. So please print off any order confirmation screens and save copies of invoices, etc., so you can contact the appropriate supplier should any problems occur. (They almost never do, but you want to be on the safe side.)

To jump straight to product listings for track, choose one of the following:

STRAIGHT Track with Solid Brass Rail Polk GeneratioNext
(AristoCraft) Std. Gauge
(US) #
Polk GeneratioNext
(AristoCraft) Narrow Gauge
(Euro) #
LGB
(Euro) #
Bachmann ) # USA Trains # Piko # (Note: Not compatible with the other brands on this page) Qty.
1' Straight Track (usually comes in a box of 12 pieces) 30030 11000 10000 (300mm)
94651 R81000 35201 (280mm)


35200 (320mm)
 
2' Straight Track (usually comes in a box of 12 pieces) 30060 11060 10600   R81060 35208 (600mm)  
12 pc. 3' Straight Track 30090 11070   94652A      
4' Straight Track           35209 (1200mm)  
5' Straight Track (usually comes in a box of 6 pieces) 30194 11098   94660 R81065    

CURVED Track with Solid Brass Rail Polk GeneratioNext
(AristoCraft) Std. Gauge
(US) #
Polk GeneratioNext
(AristoCraft) Narrow Gauge
(Euro) #
LGB
(Euro) #
Bachmann ) # USA Trains # Piko # (Note: Not compatible with the other brands on this page) Qty.
4'-Diameter Curve Track (12 pieces make a circle. LGB calls this "RI".) 30100 11100 11000 (R1) 94653 R81100 35211 (R1)  
5'-Diameter Curve Track (12 pieces make a circle. LGB calls this "R2".) 30110 11500 15000 (R2) 94654 R81500    
6'-Diameter Curve Track (12 pieces make a circle.)           35213 (Piko's "R3" is not the same as LGB's)  
8'-Diameter Curve Track (16 pieces make a circle. LGB calls this "R3".) 30115 11600 16000 (R3) 94655A R81600    
10'-Diameter Curve Track (12 pieces make a circle.) 30120 11800     R81700    
15'-Diameter Curve Track 30124 (16 pieces make a circle) 11804 (16 pieces make a circle) 18000 (R5)(24 pieces make a circle)        
16'-Diameter Curve Track (16 pieces make a circle.)         R81800    

20'-Diameter Curve Track (16 pieces make a circle.)

30125 11820     R81900    

TURNOUTS (switches) with Solid Brass Rail Polk GeneratioNext
(AristoCraft) Std. Gauge
(US) #
Polk GeneratioNext
(AristoCraft) Narrow Gauge
(Euro) #
LGB
(Euro) #
Bachmann ) # USA Trains # Piko # (Note: Not compatible with the other brands on this page) Qty.
Right Manual Turnout (for 4'-Diameter Track) 30300 11200 12000     35221  
Left Manual Turnout (for 4'-Diameter Track) 30350 11210 12100     35220  
Right Electric Turnout (for 4'-Diameter Track)     12050   R81205    
Left Electric Turnout (for 4'-Diameter Track)     12150   R81215    
Right Manual Turnout (for 8'-Diameter Track) NA NA       35223(Piko's "R5" is similar to LGB's "R3")  
Left Manual Turnout (for 8'-Diameter Track) NA NA       35222(Piko's "R5" is similar to LGB's "R3")  
Right Electric Turnout (for 8'-Diameter Track) NA NA 16050        
Left Electric Turnout (for 8'-Diameter Track) NA NA 106150        
Right Manual Turnout (for 10'-Diameter Track) 30370 NA          
Left Manual Turnout (for 10'-Diameter Track) 30380 NA          
#6 (very wide) Right Manual Turnout 30330 NA 18050        
#6 (very wide) Left Manual Turnout 30340 NA 18150        
#6 (very wide) Right Electric Turnout         R81605    
#6 (very wide) Left Electric Turnout         R81615    

CROSSOVERS & RERAILERS with Solid Brass Rail AristoCraft Std. Gauge
(US) #
AristoCraft Narrow Gauge
(Euro) #
LGB
(Euro) #
Bachmann ) # USA Trains # Piko # (Note: Not compatible with the other brands on this page) Qty.
Rerailer (12" straight) 10350 10350          
19.5 degree crossing (diamond) 30400 30400          
22.5 degree crossing (diamond) NA NA 13200        
30 degree crossing (diamond) 30405   13000   A11300    
90 degree crossing (square)     13100        


Parts and Accessories

AristoCraft

LGBBachmannUSA TrainsPICO

Qty.

Extra Track Joiner Screws with Screw Driver 11910   94653 R80002    
Track to pack connector wires 29600 50160     35270  
Plastic Track Joiners - use to connect rails between "blocks"
(So you can run electricity to one section and not to another--
this is especially helpful for sidings.)
11901          
Lighted bumper without track (Order one for each siding
you plan to have)
11031 10310        

Reversing System (for back-and-forth running)

11090 (straight back-and-forth, no turning)          
Electronic Switch Machine 11298 12010
(recommended
for LGB
and Aristo)
    35271  


Track with Solid Aluminum Rail Product ID (GeneratioNext AristoCraft numbers) Some of these products are becoming available again through the Polk/GeneratioNext web page Qty.
12 pc. 1' Straight Track 12100  
48 pc. 1' Straight Track 12100  
12 pc. 5' Straight Track Code 332 12199 )  
12 pc. 5' Straight Track Code 250 13510  
12 pc. (4 circles) 4'-Diameter Curve Track* 12111  
48 pc. (4 circles) 4'-Diameter Curve Track* Code 332 12110  
12 pc. (1 circle) 10'-Diameter Curve Track Code 332 12181  
24 pc. (2 circles) 10'-Diameter Curve Track Code 332 12180  
12 pc. 6' Flex Track Code 332 12190  
12 pc. 6' Flex Track Code 250 13511  


Standard Gauge (US-style) Track with Solid Stainless Steel Rail
Product ID (GeneratioNext AristoCraft numbers) Some of these products are becoming available again through the Polk/GeneratioNext web page Qty.
12 pc. 1' Straight Track 20030  
12 pc. 2' Straight Track 20060  
12 pc. 3' Straight Track 20090  
12 pc. 5' Straight Track 20195  
12 pc. (1 circle) 4'-Diameter Curve Track 20100  
12 pc. (1 circle) 5'-Diameter Curve Track 20110  
16 pc. (1 circle) 8'-Diameter Curve Track 20115  
12 pc. (1 circle) 10'-Diameter Curve Track 20120  
16 pc. (1 circle) 14'-Diameter Curve Track 20123  
16 pc. (1 circle) 20'-Diameter Curve Track 20125  
Right Manual Turnout (for 10'-Diameter Track) 20370  
Left Manual Turnout (for 10'-Diameter Track) 20380  
#6 (very wide) Right Manual Turnout 20330  
#6 (very wide) Left Manual Turnout 20340  
Rerailer (12" Straight) 20350  
19.5 degree crossing (diamond) 20400  
30 degree crossing (diamond) 20405  
Stainless Steel Rail Joiners - pack of 12,
work great with any kind of track
20199  

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