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:

Athearn HO RTR SD40-2 w/DCC & Sound BN/Bicentennial #1876 ATH98370
Athearn HO RTR SD40-2 w/DCC & Sound BN/Bicentennial #1876 ATH98370
$157.25
Time Remaining: 27d 18h 39m
Buy It Now for only: $157.25
Brass HO-Precision Scale-Lehigh Valley-
Brass HO-Precision Scale-Lehigh Valley-"John Wilkes"-4-6-2-K-5s-Brand New-Nice
$1,550.00
Time Remaining: 3d 19h 47m
Buy It Now for only: $1,550.00
HO Scale Model Railroad Trains Layout Engine Santa Fe F-7 DCC & Sound Locomotive
HO Scale Model Railroad Trains Layout Engine Santa Fe F-7 DCC & Sound Locomotive
$99.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 38m
HO BRASS CHALLENGER IMPORTS 1941 SOUTHERN PACIFIC MORNING DAYLIGHT 2292.1S SET B
HO BRASS CHALLENGER IMPORTS 1941 SOUTHERN PACIFIC MORNING DAYLIGHT 2292.1S SET B
$2,225.00
Time Remaining: 29d 16h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $2,225.00
Mantua 345002 HO Scale Western Maryland 2-6-6-2 w/ Tender DCC Ready Locomotive
Mantua 345002 HO Scale Western Maryland 2-6-6-2 w/ Tender DCC Ready Locomotive
$119.90
Time Remaining: 5d 16h 32m
Buy It Now for only: $119.90
Mantua 351602 HO Unitah-Green 2-6-6-2 T Articulated Logger Steam Locomotive
Mantua 351602 HO Unitah-Green 2-6-6-2 T Articulated Logger Steam Locomotive
$109.90
Time Remaining: 15d 23h 54m
Buy It Now for only: $109.90
Athearn HO BNSF RTR SD40-2 Locomotive #6875 Dcc Ready New
Athearn HO BNSF RTR SD40-2 Locomotive #6875 Dcc Ready New
$89.99
Time Remaining: 6d 23h 4m
Buy It Now for only: $89.99
7 HO  Gauge Locomotive Shells
7 HO Gauge Locomotive Shells
$5.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 53m
InterMountain HO 497104 Union Pacific C45AH Tier 4 Locomotive DCC Equipped
InterMountain HO 497104 Union Pacific C45AH Tier 4 Locomotive DCC Equipped
$179.95
Time Remaining: 27d 18h 25m
Buy It Now for only: $179.95



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