Where to buy garden layout stuff

 
  gombul Station Master

Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
I am building a train carriage cubby house for my boys that will have a G scale garden layout passing through the cubby and around a small section of our garden.

Does anyone have advice on the most affordable place to buy locos/kits/track? The stuff is really pricey so I need to buy carefully.

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  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
I am building a train carriage cubby house for my boys that will have a G scale garden layout passing through the cubby and around a small section of our garden.

Does anyone have advice on the most affordable place to buy locos/kits/track? The stuff is really pricey so I need to buy carefully.
gombul

Honesty, Ebay to hunt around for second hand stuff.

For starting out, search for the Newqida stuff.  It's cheap and low quality, but you'll get a basic train for a relatively low price.
The plastic track that comes with it is total junk, but there is normally second hand LGB or such around.  

Just be careful, there is cheaper Bachmann silver track that is designed for indoors and won't last long outdoors.  
For outdoors, go for Brass or Aluminium track to have it last.

http://www.hammondtoy.com/shop/agora.cgi?product=NEWQIDA_TOYS_FACTORY
  Lloyd1952 Locomotive Fireman

Location: Sydney, Australia
As Ikerman said, avoid silver (tin) track as it will rust outdoors overnight.. A Bachmann Big Hauler 4-6-0 should give good service if you can get one but they have several quality/detail levels so some models are dearer but better.
Be careful buying from the USA. The exchange rate is one issue but shipping may cost more than the item itself.
Several of us have Newquida rolling stock Plastic wheels and LGB compatible couplers but robust. You can get them locally from SuperandCheaper (Sydney). http://www.superandcheaper.com.au/c/rc-hobbies-toys/vehicle/rc-train/110104?rf=&viewby=
The plastic track would not be my choice. The tank locomotive is a bit of a lottery. Plastic mech and remote controller can fail but you might have success.
Pamak  Hobbies at Bowral sell track and have 2nd hand stock.

Lloyd
  gombul Station Master

Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Thanks for the replies. I've decided to bite the bullet and get LGB kit. Rod from gscalehobbies has been helpful and can get me a starter kit with extra track by xmas.

It seems as though everyone is charging about the same for this kit ($750) so it comes down to who I want to support - and who will support me. At the end of the day, it's got to handle fairly extreme conditions here in Canberra. I'll need to make sure it can expand/contract.
  robertc Chief Train Controller

Maybe you should get in touch with the local garden railway group. Canberra had a fairly active mob some years back.
I don't know if it is still the case but one of Australian G scale groups offered discount rail for members.
To save money have a look at some of the ideas that Greg Hunter has come up with over the years.
This thread is well worth  a read first before opening wallet.
http://www.members.optusnet.com.au/satr/satr.htm

Battery power r/c saves a lot of work outdoors. Runs reliably on any (or no) track.
cheers
Bob Comerford
  gombul Station Master

Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Some good info on that site Rob. I love his Hebel viaducts.

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