Electric Train Sets

Written by Diane Sievert
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Electric train sets can be quite expensive depending on the quality and size of the set you've purchased. The more pieces in a particular set, the more expensive it's likely to be. The up side to purchasing large electric train sets is you're less likely to need individual pieces later on.

How To Coordinate Electric Train Sets with Individual Pieces

In the event that you do decide to add to your electric train set, there are a few things you should know. The first (a rather obvious point, really) is that you need to stick to one scale. There's no use in adding Z scale cabooses to HO scale electric train sets.

A more complex issue concerns coordinating all your pieces with the electric power system. If you're using a two-rail operating system, don't go out and buy track that operates according to the "stud contact" method. Certain trains run according to certain operating systems and you should be clear on these specifics before you start adding to your electric train sets.

If you're not sure about what to purchase, talk to your local model train store or hobby store. If you don't have a model train store in your area, you can also try your luck on the Internet. There are many chat rooms devoted to electric trains and posting your questions is one way to get advice.


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