Train Sets

Written by Diane Sievert
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Train sets are the best way to meet your toy train needs, regardless if you're a toy train expert or a complete neophyte. Train sets, like many other product packages, make buying in bulk a wise choice--the individual items contained in a set sell for a mere fraction of the price they would cost if purchased separately. Going back to add individual pieces later can cost an arm and a leg, so it's best to buy the biggest set possible whenever you can.

A Few Simple Rules to Purchasing Train Sets

In addition to the "buy as big as you can" rule, there are a few other guidelines to buying train sets. The first is to think clearly about your toy train space dimensions. There's nothing quite as frustrating as buying too large or small a train set for your space, so be sure to rearrange your toy train area and measure the dimensions before buying your set.

The next step is to consider the scale. Once you have determined the dimensions of your toy train area, you'll want to think about the size of the train. Smaller trains, like Z scale, mean you'll be able to lay out a more intricate track, but larger trains, like G scale, require a lot more space if you want to lay out anything more intricate than a plain oval track.

Last but not least, you'll want to think long and hard about the theme of your train set. This is not a hard and fast rule, but most people do decorate the layout of their toy train in accordance with the theme of the toy train itself. Classic trains will reference a particular era and a particular region while other model trains might be more open to decorative interpretation.

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