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    

New Factory Sealed Lego (7939) City - Cargo Train - Retired - NisbLego Trains Maersk Train (10219) 2 Locomotives Assembled Very RareLego Train Set No 60098 City Heavy Haul Train Set 100% Complete Out Of Box UsedLego City Trains Cargo Train 60052 Building Toy- New Box Damaged!Lego City Cargo Train 60052 Lego Lone Ranger Constitution Train Chase (79111) New & RetiredLego Trains High-speed Passenger Train (60051)Lego Trains High-speed Passenger Train (60051)Lego Trains Maersk Train (10219)locomotiveLego Creator Christmas Set #10254 - Winter Holiday TrainLego Train Power Functions Kit For Winter/holiday/ghost/constitution Trains NewLego 10020 Santa Fe Super Chief Train - Not Complete - Parts OnlyLego Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Train Set 2001 (4708) 100% CompleteLego Trains High-speed Passenger Train (60051)Lego Complete Set 7865 12 Volt Train MotorLego 60050 City Train Station Brand New Sealed Rare Retired Hard To Find*1Lego Western Train Chase (7597) Original Box However, No MinifiguresLego City Cargo Train Set (retired!) 2003 Lego World City # 10128 Train Level Crossing (325 Pieces)Lego City Trains Cargo Train 60052Lego City Train Station (7937) Open 100% Complete 4 Minifigures & Car Lego 60050 City Train Station Brand New Sealed Rare Retired Hard To Find*2Lego Duplo Deluxe Train Set 2013 (10508)*3Lego Duplo Deluxe Train Set 2013 (10508)*1Lego 4561 Train -two Passenger Cars & Powered Locomotive Unit And 3 Mini-figureLego Factory Hobby Trains Swiss Crocodile Locomotive 10183Lego Trains 9v 4552 Cargo Crane With Box And Manuals8 Straight Lego Train Tracks. New Perfect Condition. Lowest Total Price On Ebay!Lego Monster Fighters The Ghost Train (9467)Lego 9v Train Set 4536 - Blue Hopper Car - Box And Manuals - Rare HtfLego City Cargo Train (60052) Used And AssembledRare 1991 Lego Train Set 4543 Flatbed Train Car W/instructions + Box8x Lego Rc Straight Tracks For Lego Train 53401 60051 60052 3677 7938 7939Used Lego City Cargo Train 60052 Missing Parts For Parts Only Lego Christmas Train Polybag 40034 Brand New - SealedHuge Lego Duplo Lot 225+ Pieces / 7+lbs Of Blocks, Animals, Thomas The TrainLego Duplo Deluxe Train Set 2013 (10508)*Lego Duplo Deluxe Train Set 2013 (10508)*2Lego Friends Stephanie 41111 Party Train 109 Pcs Party Hats Gifts, Pets New Lego Train 7938 End Car Only 60051/4511/4558/7897/7898/60052/4512/60098