Toy Train Sets

Written by Diane Sievert
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Most toy train sets are connected by some sort of theme. A theme is generally determined by the real-life prototype after which the toy train is modeled. The following guide outlines the most popular kinds of themes.

Common Themes in Toy Train Sets

Perhaps the most popular theme in toy train sets is the Christmas theme. Many families buy toy trains that only make it out around Christmas time. These toy train sets are characterized by traditional Christmas trim and other decorative details.

Other train sets are themed according to a particular region and era. If you buy a model of the Orient Express, for instance, your train set will be dominated by this theme. All of the decorative details on the locomotive, train cars, track, etc. will reflect this train's real-life source.

One of the best things to do with the theme is extend it into your layout. You wouldn't want the Orient Express model to pass through a miniature model of the Rocky Mountains. The theme determined by your choice in train set should be reflected in your ultimate layout.

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