Model Train Sets

Written by Diane Sievert
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Model train sets are the best way to get started if you have an interest in collecting model trains. Perhaps you long for the train of your childhood, the one grandpa taught you how to operate; or maybe you miss the train that wound its way around your Christmas tree during the holidays. Whatever the occasion, model train sets are still available the world over as constructing and operating model trains continues to be a thoroughly popular pastime.

Model Train Sets Are the Best Way to Begin a Model Train Collection

If the train you remember playing with in your childhood is nothing more than a distant memory, then it may be time to start over. However, buying individual pieces is an expensive proposition. The best way to begin a model train collection is to purchase a train set.

Model train sets generally come with all you need to get started. This includes a length of track, the locomotive, a set of rolling stock and maybe a piece or two of scenery. Once you have these few key pieces under your belt, you're ready to organize the layout of your train.

What to Consider When Purchasing Model Train Sets

Model train sets are not cheap, especially the high quality ones. So before you hand over those hard-earned dollars, you need to do your homework. There are several things to consider before you make your purchase.

The first thing you must ponder is where exactly you'll be setting up this model train. If you don't have a lot of space to sacrifice, you should lean toward the smaller scale trains. If you enjoy the idea of devoting an entire room or even a basement/garage type area to this hobby, you might want to invest in a larger train.

The world of model trains can be overwhelming for a newcomer. There is a lot model railroading jargon that the enthusiasts throw around. Learning about the common terms (i.e. scale, gauge, operating system, layout, etc.) is key to beginning a successful collection.

Christmas Model Train Sets Still Make Excellent Holiday Gifts

Every year a model train manufacturer puts out a new Christmas train set thereby proving that this tradition is alive and kicking. It may be a new millennium, but Christmas trains are hardly a thing of the past. Watch a child giggle gleefully as the train whistles past him and around the presents underneath the Christmas tree and you'll see the joy of Christmas trees has not been banished by the ghost of Christmas past.

Finding Model Train Sets

Finding model train sets is easier than ever in our modern world. Gone are the days when you had to go to a model train store or specialty hobby shop. Today you'll find a plethora of independent retailers with easy to navigate websites that offer all you could want to round out your toy train collection.


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