I'm a newbie who just caught the G scale bug and am upscaling to G from 2 rail O scale. I have a very tight buget and have to keep my expenses down (for the first few years anyway).
I have been reading some of the posts that I can find and for a frist purchse I am leaning toward either an Aristocraft 0-4-0 or a Bachmann 4-6-0 "Annie". I want to run either Bachmman narrow guage or some Buddy L cars for now. I understand that the Aristocraft is 1/29th scale while the Bachmann and Buddy L are closer to 1/22.5
My question is which engine is more reliable and will "hold up" better? I also under stand that the minimum diameter for these is 4.0 ft (R-1) curved tracks. I want to keep the track radius down to a minimum as this will be an indoor lay out for now. How well do either of these engines handle this tight radius track. I can go up to a max of 6 ft diameter. Does the extra diameter make THAT much of a difference?
I also have seen some Buddy L cars that can be had for $20 each or $60 for a set of 4. Is this a good buy compared to $30+ for Bachmann if detail is not an issue? How well to they run particullary on tight 4 to 6 ft diameter curves?
Has anyone any experience with the new Aristocraft Aluminum tack. Is it as sturdy or as good a conductor as bass or stainless. The Aluminum seems very reasonable price wise but how good is it performance wise? Is USA or LGB track a better choice?