This fascinating hobby of collecting and building model railroads allows a person to recreate an important part of history. The first railroad tracks to be laid down and the first rail cars that were used are some of histories greatest triumphs. This is a terrific way to learn how mass transit across the United States began and continues today. This is a hobby that any age can enjoy.
Videos and CDs
There are videos that can be purchased or found online with step by step instructions on how to:
* Build a portable model train table or bench using the correct lumber.
* The name of the tools you will need to purchase.
* Why you need the particular screws, nails and glue.
* How to make your scenery look realistic.
* How to select the type of paint to buy and how to use those paints.
* How to buy the kits to make the towns where the trains made their pick-ups and deliveries.
* How to keep track of the parts from the kits.
* How to assemble the kits and take your time to complete your project.
When you buy the train tracks there are several to choose from:
* The easy track comes with a railbed attached.
* The snap track actually snaps in place and beveled cork is used as a railbed.
* The track with multiple rails is called the Unitrack. The rails shift when the train is changing tracks.
* The flexible track can be shaped into half moon shapes and circles easily.
* There are modern tracks made of nickel and silver and they are now the most popular to buy. Electricity conducts easily through this rail.
The magazines dedicated to model trains and railroads are printed quarterly and monthly. The facts are updated and photos with exquisite detail of the trains are featured.
There is a magazine to satisfy all tastes:
* The classic Toy Train magazine covers the American Flyer, Marx and the well-known Lionel train.
* The art of building a railroad outdoors in the garden is now available. Layouts for mini landscaping and projects are featured.
* The Diesel train magazines take you on a journey through the United States from the east to the west coast.
* The magazines for steam engines details how they work and the equipment that is needed to make the steam for the engines.
* There is a magazine that has instructions on the care and maintenance of the model trains and the landscape.
Model Railroad Clubs
Railroad collectors and hobbyists become members of clubs for good reasons:
* They want to socialize with fellow model train enthusiasts.
* The clubs keep archives of old magazines that the members can use as a reference manual.
* There are displays of trains that are made of materials that are no longer used.
* The trains and railroad tracks of the 21st century are made with different materials that are a lighter weight and are rust free.
* The newer train models have moving parts that the older trains didn’t have.
The Model Train Shows
The model railroad shows are the perfect place to learn more about your hobby:
* Beginners are welcomed to exhibit their first model railroad.
* Train dealers and appraisers attend the shows and can offer information about your antique trains.
* You will gain insight on how to price your trains for sale.
* You can ask questions about train models that you personally don’t collect.
* Sharing your ideas about your next project with an expert and asking for suggestions is a wise decision.
* Workshops are offered for planning, landscaping, exhibitions and how to correctly operate a model railroad.
This can become a very profitable hobby. The best part of collecting and assembling model trains is just pure outright fun.