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
Postwar Lionel Trains Library
Tech Model Railroad Club of MIT
Clubs & Associations
- Train Collectors Association
- National Model Railroad Association
- Lionel Collectors Club of America
- Toy Train Operating Society
- National Association of S Gaugers, Inc.
- Train Collectors Society (U.K.)
- Lionel Operating Train Society