I remember those ads Greg, way back when I first got into LGB, pre internet days. They had a poster of that on the wall down at Watts train shop in Zionsville back then.
Unfortunately most folks don't know what manufacturers have done over the years. Marklin has changed nearly all LGB products. (I consider them Marklin today, as nobody from the original LGB is even around anymore... well, aside from one person who works for Piko.) The 80's-90's made LGB track you have is great. Don't get rid of it. However, today's Marklin made is VERY different. Made in a different country, made from different brass, made from much older tooling, made AFTER Marklin adjusted tooling to reduce their costs - which effects your longevity!ty sure all of my track is currently whatever the standard LGB-made stuff was back when this was all purchased in the late 80's/early 90's. Would I notice a difference if I decided to expand my layout with track from a different manufacturer (assuming same style and gauge of track, etc)? Is there a difference in build quality?
Aristo had a few batches of track that had no UV resistance built into them as well. I am sure that mistake is part of why they are no longer around. Ties turning to powder/dust is definitely not good!One not so little difference. The older Aristo ties went funny faster than LGB when left out year 'round. Probably due to thinner plastic and less UV stability. Don't know if they ever fixed this or not. As I haven't bought much new track in about 8 years
The Facebook "G scale Swap & Shop" group has 10,000 members and a lot of buying and selling. Track shows up frequently, both used/dirty and 'brand new in box'.Where is the best place to find used track? I don't know if it matters but I only plan to use live steam.