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Greater Florida LEGOŽ Train Club -
Frequently Ask Questions
5 LEGOŽ Train Questions:
I didn't know LEGOŽ made trains? Is this a new thing?
LEGOŽ trains have been around since the 1960s, but most
of them were only sold in European countries. The
discontinued LEGOŽ 9-volt electric train and track
system that the GFLTC displays at shows was available
1991 through 2005. A new battery train system is rumored
to be released in 2009 based on the new power function
What gauge is this?
We just like to call it "LEGOŽ-Gauge" or
"L-Gauge"! It looks like "O-Gauge",
but the scale of the track, trains, etc. are not the
same. L-Gauge track rails are about 6 LEGOŽ studs apart
with 2 x 8 stud ties.
What scale is it?
We like to call it "mini-figure scale (i.e. the
little LEGOŽ people), but to be honest there really
isn't a scale in unit of measure per say. Some people say
that one LEGOŽ stud equals one foot, but that means that
the trains are not to scale unless you make them wider,
Do LEGOŽ trains use a lot of special pieces?
Not really, the only real train specialty pieces used are
track, motors, wheels and couplers. The rest of the train
is same pieces used in the other LEGOŽ sets.
I have never seen LEGOŽ trains before, where can I buy
Your best bet is to wait for the new system in 2009 or
check web sites like EBay or BrickLink for the 9-volt or
the older 12-volt LEGOŽ train systems.
5 Layout and Display Questions:
Is the layout all LEGOŽ?
We like to tell people it's 99% LEGOŽ, only the table
are made of wood, plastic, etc. We've used decals on a
few of our trains, vehicles and buildings to add some
realism. Other than that, it's all LEGOŽ! All the
electrical motors, lights, and computer controlled
railroad crossing are all LEGOŽ components. As a rule,
we only use non-LEGOŽ element for string or decals that
might have been in a real LEGOŽ set. We want kids to be
able to see the layout and think, "Wow, I can do
that with my LEGOŽ bricks at home!"
How long did it take to build the layout?
Frankly, we don't know we stop counting the hours years
ago, so there's really no way to know! We start building
new stuff after each show and reuse built items all the
time. Some of us build all the time and some of us don't
build for weeks.
How many LEGOŽ bricks are in your club layout?
Truthfully, we don't know and there's really no way to
know! I would guess it's in the tens of thousands. We
could pull every thing apart and count it, but that would
be a big mess and take weeks.
How did you build this layout and set it up?
Our members build with their own LEGOŽ bricks in
sections, most section are about 10 x 10 or 15 x 15
inches square on a LEGOŽ Baseplates and are piece
together with LEGOŽ road Baseplates in a preplanned
layout per various club standards.
Where do you keep all of this stuff?
We all take our sections home or store them in our
storage unit. Most of what you see is packed away most of
the year and only setup at public shows and events.
5 Club Questions:
What is GFLTC?
GFLTC is the Greater Florida LEGOŽ Train Club. We are a
group of LEGOŽ enthusiasts, who collect, build and
display trains in the state of Florida . We focus our
attention on connecting our display sections to build one
large layout for our own entertainment and public
When and where do you meet?
We try to hold regular monthly meeting, but it is more
sporadic with months between meeting. It is hard to get
everyone to meet in one place, with jobs, family life,
etc. When we do meet it's at a local hobby shop or a
member's home. We usually have a small track layout and
bring a new LEGOŽ model for show and tell. Check our Event Calendar for information on upcoming
Is the GFLTC associated with the LEGOŽ Company?
No, the GFLTC is a group of adult fans of LEGOŽ and
layout is made up of the private collections of our
Does the LEGOŽ Company know about your club?
Yes, every LEGOŽ employee we have ever approached has
been nothing but delighted with our layouts, displays and
Does LEGOŽ support you in any way?
Yes, the LEGOŽ Company did donate the majority of the
bricks in the play area and has in past supply us with
Shop at Home catalogs to hand out at our shows. But for
the most part the entire club display is privately held
by individual members. As you can see we spend a lot of
money on LEGOŽ sets and parts every year.
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