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.


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    

Rare Post War 1950s Lionel Train 2356 Southern Railway Set W/ Original Box+more!Ives Set 502 "the White Owl" 1927!Original Rare Lionel 5 C Test Set Post War No ReserveJad Lines Hiawatha Model Train Set Beautiful Condition By John Daniels MccoyLionel 265 Blue Streak Set/box#2296w 1957 Canadian Pacific Passenger Set. All Boxes, Paper, Small Parts, Etc.Ajin Precision Brass Train Set Overland Models Up 8,500 Hp 3 Unit Gas Turbine NrOriginal Lionel 0/027 Gauge New Haven #2350 Ep-5 Train Set W Cars+orig Box+moreOld Marx 0 Train Set Commodore Vanderbilt Nyc Wrecker 550 555 556 552 553 NiceAf O Gauge Prewar Streamline Steam Set: 435, 430, 1621, 1621 & 1622/boxHornby O Gauge Set Of Lead Station Figures X6, Luggage , Machines & Tin ItemsLionel 1954-55 2356 Southern F-3 Aba Set W/ob's ~gorgeous Condition!~Lionel Postwar Special Set No. X-569na: Rocket Launcher 175 W/engine & CarsPrewar American Flyer O Gauge No.9900-r Burlington Zephyr Streamliner Set W/boxLionel 385 1930 Standard Gauge Passenger Set W/ 384, 384t, 337, 338Lionel 205 Missouri Pacific Alco Aa Diesel Locomotive SetErie Limited Ho Scale Southern Pacific Daylight Train Set #1 Ex/boxMarx Military Army Train Set #52975Ho Scale Lima Country Link Xpt 4 Car SetLionel Prewar 224/2224w Set......................tkMarklin St800b Blue & Cream Electric Locomotive SetLionel 2379 Rio Grande F3 Ab Diesel Locomotive SetLionel 616 O Gauge Flying Yankee Set Type L LPrewar American Flyer O Gauge No.642 5-unit Hiawatha Streamliner Set W/ WhistleErie Limited Ho Scale Southern Pacific Daylight Train Set #3 Ex/boxRare Post War 1950s Lionel Train 2337 Wabash Railway Set W/ Original Box+more!Lionel 2023 Union Pacific Gray & Yellow Alco Aa Diesel Locomotive SetLionel 616 O Gauge Flying Yankee Set Type L LIves 1134 Std. Gauge 4-4-2 Steam Loco & Tender For Black Diamond Express SetLionel No. 232 (8976) And No. 2232b SetFw: American Flyer Sears Set 9992 Hit Or Miss 293 W/ob 1957‏ Vintage 1930's American Flyer Train Set Engine,tender,w/4 Cars & More3-car Twin Stack Container Set - Csx Pn:20-90366Lionel 616 O Gauge Flying Yankee Set Type L LPrewar American Flyer O Gauge Tan & Green Passenger Car Set 3171 3171 3171 3172Lionel Bnsf Gp38 Diesel Railsounds Train 6-30211 Engine Locomotive 6-38353 NewLionel 3103 Freight Set W 224 Engine/tender W Set Box.............tk1946 Boxed 1409w Toy Lionel Train Set W/two Operating CarsN Scale Lot - Sir Nigel Gresley 4-6-2 Steam Loco -& Passenger Car Set - MinitrixLgb 72323 Pennsylvania Railroad Prr Passenger Starter Set W/ Orig Box G-scale NrErie Limited Ho Scale Southern Pacific Daylight Train Set #2 Ex/boxLionel Original Prewar Set #367w With O/b And Rare Set BoxThe Crossing Gate On3/on30 Rio Grande D&rgw Set Of 5 Passenger Car Kits Lionel Polar Express Train Set Plus Bonus!L.g.b. Amtrak Genesis Train Set. Locomotive And 6 Cars Rare Vintage Lionel Walt Disney Mickey Mouse Express 13pc. Toy Model Train SetLionel 380 Std. Gauge Tinplate Passenger Set W/380e, 428, 429 & 430Af Prewar O Gauge Prewar Early Steam Wind-up Set: 12, 120, 1107, 1108/boxLionel 6-81101 O Gauge Polar Express Train Set W/10th Anniversary Logo & RemotePrewar Lionel Train Set Piece #136 Lionelville Station W/ Original Box Mth 30-2943-1 Milwaukee Road F-3 Aba Set W/ps 2.0 NibNyc Sharknose A/b Diesel Set Pn: 20-2294-1Rail King 0 Gauge #20-2200-1 Pennsylvania Centipede 3-rail Aa Diesel Engine SetAmerican Flyer Prewar O Gauge 960t Nyc Minnehaha Streamlined Passenger SetMarklin Ho Sbb Push Pull Train 4 Mark Iv Standard Design Car Set 42168Scale Heavyweight 5-car Passenger Set - Nyc Pn:20-4022Gilbert American Flyer Electric Train Set- No. 20715-s Gauge- Original Box!!Lionel Trains Hudson Steam Engine Tender Set Joshua Die-cast Smoker Sounds Usa +Kato N Scale Gunderson Double Stack Cars Set Bnsf Rolling Stock Model Train ApK-line O Scale E-9 Illinois Central A-b-a Diesel Engine Set