Discover Model Trains and Stuff as a Lifelong Whole Family Friendly Hobby

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Since the late 19th century, manufacturers of model railway trains have done a great job of recreating models trains of their life size counterparts. And with the appearance of electric model trains this has opened the opportunity for every family to own their very own model train sets. Take a moment here to discover the magic of model trains.

Germany is where it all began when Marklin introduced their full line of model trains back in 1891. Their first trains were based on earlier toy models and were available in three model train scales.

They were made from tin and were very crude, but they were a great success.

Then, in 1901, Joshua Cowen entered the market with Lionel model trains. Lionel would soon come to dominate the model train market especially in America.

Of course there were other companies that came on board with their own lines of model trains. Ives, American Flyer, and Marx all introduced their own model train sets.

Because model trains are so interactive they are a great choice for children and adults. Even the youngest children can enjoy them. It’s not uncommon for adults to recall recieving their first model train sets for kids when talking about their fondest childhood memories. The hours they spent building the hornby track and understanding how they controlled the locomotives or steam engines. In these early days possibly began the glimmer of the attraction; building the model train accessories and then watching facinated; as the train circled the christmas tree; or entered and exited from a homemade train tunnel.

Lionel was quick to recognize the importance of starting train collectors at a young age and that’s why the’y’ve got wooden train sets and wooden toy trains for ages 4 to 6. By the age of 8, kids are ready to be introduced to S scale electric, G scale model trains, and the ever popular HO scale model trains. And the hobby continues for very many into adult life.

Of course expanding on your Hornby track plans for your best model train set is just a matter of time, money, creativity, and space.

Model Train Scales Compared

There are several different scales of model trains to choose from to fit your space, budget, and personal preferences. For example, if you are limited by space you can choose one of the smaller scales. Here are some of the most popular scale choices you have.

1. Z Scale is a 1:220 ratio. It is tiny and highly detailed, and is an excellent choice if you have limited space to build and show the z scale model trains.

2. N Scale is a 1:160 ratio. It is the second smallest scale available and it’s a great choice for the hobbyist that want to be able to incorporate more scenery and n scale model trains which possess longer trains, perhaps to represent more actual life model representations.

3. HO Scale is a 1:87 ratio. It is probably the most popular scale of model train. There is an endless supply of HO model train set trains, cars, tracks, buildings, and scenery. The detail on HO is good and a fabulous setup can be put together in a reasonable amount of space.

4. S Scale is a 1:64 ratio.

It is larger than the HO and is popular among those with plenty of room. It is the scale of American Flyer products.

5. O Scale is a 1:48 ratio. It is a popular choice for young children because they are able to easily handle them. Lionel carries a full line of O scale for the young ones.

6. G Scale is a 1:22.5 ratio. It is the perfect choice for the garden set up. Bachmann, L.G.B, and Aristo-Craft all make G scale trains.

Building Your First Electric Model Train Set

To put together your model train you will need at least one engine along with some train cars. You can decide whether you want passenger cars or freight cars. And of course you will need train track. The type of track and how much track you’ll need is a personal choice.

You’ll also need a transformer to provide the electricity to your hornby model train sets. Then all that’s left is the scenery you want. Choose trees, tunnels, people, signals, or a host of other items.

If you are looking for a fun and rewarding hobby to share with friends or family; or even to spend some quality alone time contemplatimg the details, planning and building a new layout or just marveling as the train enters and leaves the train tunnels; why not discover the magic of model trains?

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