Collecting Model Train Guide

When it comes to model trains, there are some brands that are geared towards kids and are sold, as toy sets then there are also others that are designed for collectors. With toy trains and collectibles almost looking alike sometimes, it can get pretty confusing which one to start your collection with.  If you are looking to score the latest LGB starter sets out in the market today, read on below on some pointers to help guide you in the buying process.


If you are thinking of getting into model railroading big time do not immediately jump in the bandwagon what you are getting yourself into.  Model train collecting is a vastly satisfying hobby and getting into it with the right information and tools at your disposal will help you avoid some of the common pitfalls that beginners often commit when they start out.

Do your research. Read books and magazines and attend model train shows in order to get a grasp on what type of model trains you prefer the most and how you want to invest time and money in.  Do you prefer an indoor railroad set or sets for garden trains? In short you need to get a feel of the hobby and a vision on how to go about it before you begin the process of purchasing your 1st collectible locomotive.

Condition Counts

Condition is mandatory when it comes to model train collecting. Model trains are not merely models stuck in a box and displayed to friends from time to time.  These things were built to run and they should otherwise it is a waste of time and effort. If you have your eye on a particular expensive set but don’t have the experience to operate and maintain it, it is always wise to begin with a starter set that is similar in gauge and scale so you can get your feet wet on how to handle it properly.

Starter Kits

As mentioned above, purchasing a starter kit is an excellent way of getting into the model train experience without costing an arm and a leg.  The great thing is that starter kits are available for all the major brands such as Bachmann, Tyco and Lionel to name a few. Select a starter kit according to the locomotive, which is almost always the most essential piece anyway in a train set.  Choose a separate unit for the power supply as the stock that comes with the starter normally does not last that long.