Model train sets range from the basic starter set with a locomotive, some track and a few cars, to elaborate and sophisticated collections which can recreate entire towns, railyards, or eras. There are also collectible sets which match locomotives to a string of the original passenger cars they would have pulled, in the appropriate colors. Full original model train sets, particularly by makers like Lionel, often command high prices. Look for original packaging, condition, and completeness.


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