Metal Wheels Special Offer from FGB-Berlin

Yesterday, I posted about the lack of metal wheels on the new LGB DB hopper car set. FGB-Berlin offers the set of three cars with FGB metal wheels for an additional charge of just € 60,00. At € 5,00 / axle, that seems like a pretty good deal.

According to the FGB website, the hopper car sets (LGB 40980 / 40981) are scheduled for delivery in September 2015.

Link: FGB-Berlin LGB 40980

Plastic Wheels For LGB DB Hopper Car Set

I was pleasantly suprised when LGB announced their ‘Summer New Items‘ for 2015, as the DB type Fad 168 hopper car sets are a great announcement.

LGB 40980 DB Hopper Car Set Fad 168

At € 369,95 and € 389,95 (weathered), both sets of three cars seemed reasonably priced. However, there was no mention of metal wheels in the product description. I also noticed some confusion about it on several internet forums, so I checked with LGB yesterday. They confirmed the hopper cars come with plastic wheels.

A bit of a strange move, certainly as LGB is delivering all their new rolling stock with metal wheels since 2013. Why make an exception for these hopper car sets only?

Link: LGB Summer New Items 2015

Website Updates #4 2015

In order to help out hobbyists who are just getting started with G scale, I’ve been working on some track related pages lately.

First of all, I am working on an overview of track manufacturers, but this is still a work in progress as we speak. A newly added page is the ‘Rail Joiners‘ page, which lists a number of rail joiners and rail clamps from various manufacturers. Also new is a page with insulating rail clamps and isolated track sections. I have also updated the ‘How to Remove Rail Joiners‘ page.

Nobody likes cleaning the track, so I’ve listed a few track cleaning cars and tools that make your life easier: Track Cleaning.

I have a few more roundups planned, and the existing ones will be expanded further over time. That’s it for now, see you in the next one…