LEGOs have been an iconic part of childhood for decades, but some sets have moved beyond the Christmas wish list and into the collector’s realm. LEGO trains, in particular, have generated a broad following for their intersection of design, creativity, and classic LEGO fun. LEGO collectors have playfully named their trains L scale, in imitation of HO and N scales of other model trains.

LEGO manufactured its first train in 1965. This model of locomotive—designed to be pushed by hand—had neither engine nor track, and it was quickly replaced in 1966 with a train that was battery-powered and ran on blue plastic rails. The 4.5V battery usually resided in a train car just behind the locomotive.

The 4.5V models were soon modified to 12V sets, which resembled Lionel model trains in that the locomotive drew power from an electrified third rail (actually two small rails), rather than from a battery. This system was replaced in 1991 by a 9V model, which featured an improved, easier to use design. Most recently, in an effort to cut costs, LEGO replaced the 9V system with a battery-operated remote control design.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Airfix Model Railways

Airfix Model Railways

Dave McCarthy's Airfix Model Railway treasure trove is an in-depth archive of the company's plastic railway kits fr… [read review or visit site]

Gateway NMRA

Gateway NMRA

This great reference site for model railroaders, from the Gateway (St. Louis) division of the NMRA (National Model … [read review or visit site]

HOseeker.net

HOseeker.net

This site is a treasure trove of HO scale model railroad manufacturer catalogs and other reference information, inv… [read review or visit site]

Postwar Lionel Trains Library

Postwar Lionel Trains Library

Bernie Schulz’s Lionel Trains Library focuses exclusively on postwar Lionel trains and accessories. The site cont… [read review or visit site]

Eric's Trains

Eric's Trains

Eric Siegel's site displays his collection of O-gauge/O-scale trains, tracks, turntables, and other accessories. A … [read review or visit site]

Tech Model Railroad Club of MIT

Tech Model Railroad Club of MIT

MIT's model railroad club, as one might expect, has one of the best websites for learning about how people play wit… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Lego 10194 - Emerald Night Train Partial Missing Some Parts!Lego TrainsLego Vintage Train Lot Sets 4563 4543 4537 4546 With 82 Track And Switch PiecesLego Train Emerald Night Boxcar Lego City Cargo Train 7939 "free" ShippingLego Maersk Train Set 10219Lego City - Passenger Train Limited Edition - 7938 - Mint In Sealed Box - Nr!Lego City Cargo Train 7939Lego 4559 Cargo Railway Electric 9v Train With Instructions & BoxLego 4561 Train Track Lot (9v) 45 Pieces! Lego City Trains Level Crossing Limited Edition - 7936 - Mint Sealed Nr!Rare Non U.s. Vintage Lego 396 Thatcher Perkins Train EngineVintage Lego #7720 Train Set In Box Missing Instructions May Be Incomplete - 235Lego Train Track Flex Curve & Switch Tracks Huge Lot 60 Pcs.Lego 7722 Battery Train SetLego City Train Station Limited Edition - 7937 - 361 Pcs - New In Sealed Box Nr!Lego System 4561 9-volt Train Set Incomplete SetLego City Cargo Train 7939 Not OpenedLego Maersk Cargo Train #10219 **retired**Lego 9v Train Engine Motor Tested & Works For City Town The MovieLego Disney The Lone Ranger Constitution Train Chase 699pcs Factory Sealed LegosLego Trains Emerald Night (10194)Lego Emerald Night With Power FunctionsLego Load N Haul Railroad Train Set #4563 Excellent Adult Owned & Built & ManualLego 7939 Red Box Car, Yellow Cargo City World Train Rc 3677 Maersk ConstitutionLego Train Rail Crossing (7996)Lego Train, Tracks, Controller And More. 3lbs. Enough Track For A Layout.Lego 52 Pc Lot Train Track Rc:straight 53401;curved 53400;flex Rail 64022 EucLego 4561 Railway Express- Train With Lego Person! Passenger- Cargo-engineLego 7939 Flatbed Carrier & Cars Yellow Red Cargo Train City Town World RcLego 10219 "maersk Train Set" Brand New Retired Set In StockLego City Train 9v Cargo Railway (4559)4 Boxes Of Lego 4520 9v Curve Track; Hard To Find! Factory Sealed; 32 Pieces!Lego Trains Cargo Train Deluxe (7898) Rail Car Flat Bed With CarLego 10128 Train Level CrossingLego My Own Train Passenger Car X3Lego Train Tracks 8 Straight Rail PiecesLego Train Motor 9v, Wheels, Bumper, Parts, Etc MiscLego Metroliner 10001Lego Train Tracks Switch Curve Straight 9vLego Trains Right Hand Switch TrackLego Trains Emerald Night (10194)Lot Of 14 - Lego Train (9) Wheels & (5) Couplers City Town 9v Volt Railway NrLego Constitution Jail Car 7939 Red Cargo City World Train Rc 3677 MaerskLego Disney The Lone Ranger Constitution Train Chase 699pcs Factory Sealed LegosLego Set #4515 9 Volt Straight Rails Box Open, Tracks NewLego 4548 Train Transformer And Speed Regulator Nib RareLego Train Switch 1 Pair 7939 3677 Maersk Red Cargo City World Rc ConstitutionLego Flex-track Train Tracks, 32 PiecesLego 7858 Remote Controlled Points 12v NisbLego Emerald Night With Power FunctionsLego 10153 My Own Train 9v Train MotorLego 4515 8 Pieces Straight 9v Train Tracks Original Box 9 Volts 1991 1992 GreatLego 4556 Train Station Incomplete W/manual Mini Figures No Reserve $.99 Clean!Enlighten Frisco Fe 629Lego Flexible Train Track (1 Bag New And Unused)Lego Duplo Train Track 11 Straight Tracks 6377 Clean And Neat Very NiceLego My Own Train Passenger Car X3