Model Train Collecting

In the 1920's department store owners were putting model train sets in their Christmas window displays making them among the most sought after gifts for children ever since.

Model train enthusiasts often set their sights on a specific maker like, Lionel prewar, Lionel postwar, Marx, Markin, Ives or even the more modern Lego style. They also have various sizes which are called scales. The scales are HO, N, G , O, OO, and Z. They also come in standard and narrow gauges. They also look for items that identify the railroad lines of the Southern Pacific, Santa Fe, Pennsylvania Railroad, and the Union Pacific. In some cases collectors are even more specialized by focusing on specific train cars like the steam engine or caboose.

Another part of the allure of model train collecting is the building of elaborate layouts for the train to run on like this one:

Is that cool or what? Collectors spend thousands of dollars on these set ups. As you can see they set up whole towns that have parks with lots of trees, bridges, railroad crossings, and of course the railroad depot.

If your are interested in getting together with other model railroaders, check or the National Model Railroad Association. You can find them at nmra.org. If you are a Lionel train enthusiast look into the Lionel Collectors Club of America.

Here are some great trains on eBay:

LIONEL 6-84328 THE POLAR EXPRESS O GAUGE SET  REMOTE and Bluetooth  NEW - SEALED
LIONEL 6-84328 THE POLAR EXPRESS O GAUGE SET REMOTE and Bluetooth NEW - SEALED
$299.95
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Athearn 8072 HO SD50 CSX # 8577 RTR DCC ready
Athearn 8072 HO SD50 CSX # 8577 RTR DCC ready
$89.00
Time Remaining: 9d 19h 7m
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Ho scale Kato P42 Amtrak locomotive
Ho scale Kato P42 Amtrak locomotive
$135.00
Time Remaining: 6d 14h 47m
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Readers Digest HO SCALE SET OF 2 VINTAGE CLASSIC STREET CARS - TROLLY CARS
Readers Digest HO SCALE SET OF 2 VINTAGE CLASSIC STREET CARS - TROLLY CARS
$20.00
Time Remaining: 29d 17h 9m
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HO BNSF SD70ace locomotive Walthers #9396 trains
HO BNSF SD70ace locomotive Walthers #9396 trains
$95.00
Time Remaining: 29d 15h 38m
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Athearn 65123 HO CSX SD45 Diesel Locomotive w/DCC & Sound RTR #8938
Athearn 65123 HO CSX SD45 Diesel Locomotive w/DCC & Sound RTR #8938
$145.00
Time Remaining: 9d 18h 25m
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 * HO SCALE ATHEARN SDP40 SHELL *
* HO SCALE ATHEARN SDP40 SHELL *
$7.95
Time Remaining: 9d 17h 42m
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Genesis HO Scale With Sound Union Pacific SD70ACe
Genesis HO Scale With Sound Union Pacific SD70ACe
$200.00
Time Remaining: 9d 17h
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ATHEARN (HO) SD40-2 Diesel Locomotive - BNSF
ATHEARN (HO) SD40-2 Diesel Locomotive - BNSF
$28.99
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