G Scale dimensions

CARS Dec 2, 2017

  1. CARS

    CARS New Member

    I'm looking for some rough dimensions for a 50' G Scale box car for a project. (I can adjust that measurement to other length cars) Inside dimensions would be awesome! Late 60's-mid 70's.
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Have not looked recently, but there used to be a chart on the NMRA web site, for conversions of size to various scales.
  3. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    Here's a Lehigh Valley 50 FT Boxcar I shot many years ago that's typical of what you're looking for, though its plug doors were an expensive option not shared in all boxcars. The LV bought 100 of this type. These were 57' 10" Long outside. Inside dimensions were 50' 6" Long x 9' 7" Wide x 9' 9" High. Per Boxcab's suggestion, you'll need to convert these dimensions to G yourself. This car would be a whopping 2-1/2 Feet long in G! (y) This scale conversion site may be helpful:


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    Last edited: Dec 4, 2017
  4. MRLdave

    MRLdave TrainBoard Member

    G scale covers a range of sizes from 1:20.3 to 1:32. Which were you wanting to model? Dimensions will vary........for example if you are doing a 40 ft. boxcar in 1:20.3 (G narrow gauge sometimes called F scale) , your car would be 1.97 ft long.........if you do 1:29, it would be 1.38 ft long......if you do the Bachmann standard 1:22.5 it would be 1.77 ft. If you can obtain prototype dimensions, simply divide by whichever scale you are modeling. But a word of warning..........manufacturers don't always follow the "scale"......I have a Bachman 40 ft car that is supposed to be 1:22.5 and it measures out at 1.25 ft......which would actually be closer to 1:28. Still within the G scale range, but not accurate.
  5. CARS

    CARS New Member

    Thanks for the replies! I'm really looking to just collect a few of the larger scale cars for display/craft stuff. Maybe build a mailbox, or a bridge for smaller scales... idk. I just had a couple ideas floating in my cranium.

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