Neither idle nor a marvel
- 13 Jul 2015
LGB and PIKO (not Pico or Peco) are pretty much identical in quality. The main difference is the appearance of the sleepers. LGB is more "narrow gauge" worn wooden sleepers, PIKO ones look like brand new square cut smooth wooden sleepers such as you would find on standard gauge main lines, and one of the sleepers will have a PIKO logo on top. There are differences in geometry if you go bigger than R1 (600mm radius, 1200mm diameter) as Rhinochugger mentioned. Also PIKO R1 points are 320mm long, LGB 300mm. You don't get point motors in the siding or station sets, but if you do want to use point motors, LGB point motors work with PIKO points and vice versa. I have noticed PIKO point motors are slightly higher off the ground than LGB, probably less than 1mm, but it means that some locos with snow ploughs catch on PIKO points but not on LGB.I haven't been scared off yet - I seem to have entered buying frenzy for various pieces of track, all lgb so far, no turnouts yet. ( they seem a lot of money for small distance traveled!) I will probably bite the bullet and buy one of the station extension packs, I notice lgb & pico both do these at a similar price, does any know which is preferred/better?