Frequently Asked Questions
The history of model trains stretches back nearly 150 years, almost as old as the railroad industry itself. The first models were not constructed to any one scale or standard, as they were more like toys without any way to have different trains working together. As standards were set for toy trains, manufacturers chose to build to common scales, some of which are outlined below. Today there are six different sizes of model railroads called “scales.” Starting from smallest to largest scale they are: Z, N, HO, S, O and G Scale.
The scale of a model is its relative size in proportion to the real thing. The distance between the rails is called the gauge. In the real train world, “standard gauge” is four feet, eight and a half inches inside-to-inside between the rails. In the model world, HO trains run on track gauge that is only .625″ wide, scaled down from the real thing.
At Game Day Trains we only manufacture the largest model trains referred to as G-Scale, G-Gauge, or Large Scale (1/29 scale). It is the largest model Railroad train manufactured. This size train is ideal for a display, operating under a Christmas tree, building a railroad through your garden or landscaping, or running inside your home. They cost more than smaller trains, but G-Gauge allows you to have a lot of fun designing a track while integrating a variety of natural scenery and features into the layout.
Buyer beware: train sets vary dramatically in size, quality, and how they are manufactured.
At Game Day Trains, we pride our ourselves in quality and exclusivity; we decided to design and build the highest quality G-Scale trains with your college logo on them. Our designers and artists, working in conjunction with colleges and universities, ensure the highest level of authenticity to the paint scheme and logo. We then make limited production runs to ensure only the highest quality train sets are produced. Our product is UL Listed and approved by the College or University and the Collegiate Licensing Company. Due to their construction and high-end details, large-scale trains sets tend to cost much more than smaller scales (HO, N, O). Not only are you buying a more extensive model train set, but you are also buying a set that is much more durable and detailed.
Our Game Day Train product comes with a powerful, UL Listed 4-amp transformer that will provide you with all the power you need to add to your set in the years to come. The engine has a powerful motor and fan-fired smoke unit with LED lighting. The trains, brass track, and structures were designed to survive direct sunlight, rain, and snow, so they are made of stronger plastics and paints. A Quality G-Scale starter set will typically cost over $600. However, keep in mind that with larger trains comes a need for fewer models. G-Gauge railroads often focus on quality over quantity. This set is built to last a lifetime.
Our Game Day Trains team takes quality very seriously, and we're happy to help. If you have just opened your package and see any of the following concerns, please let us know via email within 48 hours of receiving your order. The following must be reported within 48 hours of receipt:
- Visible damage to your train set
- Wet, damaged, or soiled outer carton from transit
- Carton tears, rips, punctures, holes.
Email email@example.com with 2-3 pictures of the issue, along with your order confirmation number, so that we can get you back on track ASAP!