thereafter. After traveling over 350 feet of track, it will arrive again. And
depart again. And arrive again. All of the arrivals and departures are
watched by eager young boys who are lucky enough to live near a train
tracks. This is where the love of building and running model trains began.
A model train hobbyist will build a number of train layouts in various scales,
and run all different types of trains on them. They will add miniature model
house, barns, trees, grass, churches and store buildings to there wonderful
A complete layout which you made yourself is quite something to see. Some
model train collectors have been collecting model trains since their father
first bought them a Lionel "Magic Electrol" train set in childhood.
Over the years, interest in trains of all sizes has grows until you become an
People have loved standard sized trains since the steam engine rolled across
the tracks. People can get on a train and be as grumpy as they can be and
then about 15 minutes into the ride, they're smiling from ear to ear. I don't
know what it is about trains. I guess it's magic.
Model trains appeal to people of all ages. It's the type of hobby that anyone
can be involved in because you can be a train collector and be so many
For most of us, the appeal has been in tracking down the history of model
trains, sometimes from the inside out. Like any other collectible, there is
always the possibility of fraud. You must watch out for those few people who
may try to pass one thing off for something else. You have to be very careful
when making purchases that you're actually buying what they say you're
There are many aspects to model trains collectibles. You can collect the
trains, you can collect the paperwork that goes with the trains, you can dig
into the history of it, operate the trains and trade up as you go. That's what
makes it so much fun.
If you attend one of the many model railroad shows you will take in lifelong
sights and sounds. Visiting with other enthusiasts and sharing expertise will
give you a lasting link with other train enthusiasts. You may meet an expert
who can help you set up the "Magical World of Lionel" railroad scene.
Collectible Model Trains Come in All Sizes
Model trains come in all sizes and run on the tracks of various layout
displays, from Lionel to the large-scale LGB (Lehmann Gross Bahn) to the
tiny "Z" scale. They zip around a snowy landscape or a southwestern desert.
Children can participate in building and running model trains. They too will be
thrilled by the action and the sounds of a model railroad as they operate
accessories on a layout designed especially for them. There is something
magical about trains.