Picking Your First Model Train Set

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Picking Your First Model Train Set

April 2017 CoverWhen you are new to the hobby of model railroading, picking your first model train set is extremely important. Here at Model Trains for Beginners, we know through surveying our subscribers that many of you have not yet started your model train layout. It might be you don’t have the room for a layout or aren’t quite sure where to actually start.

Or, you may be looking to get a young relative involved in the hobby and are looking for some advice on what set to pick for them. No matter whether you are the beginner or your child is, picking the first model train set requires some thought, a bit of planning for the future, and some research.

With this Monthly Report, we will review space needed, model train scales, cost, ease of handling, power supplies (traditional DC vs modern DCC), some of the many brands, and planning for the future as your first train set grows into a model train layout. This information will ensure you make an informed decision and purchase the train set that is exactly right for you.

When deciding on a model train set, there are a few primary concerns that you should always consider. In order of impact, they are: space required, scale, power supply, and cost. Not only do you need to weigh them for your initial set, you also need to factor in future considerations relating to: expanding the number of trains, increasing the size of the layout, and the level of complexity you are looking to take on in your detailing.

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Robert Thomson

Robert W. Thomson is a life-long railfan, the son of a former L&N Railroad B&B gang foreman, and an amateur photographer. He was born and raised in southeast Tennessee but now lives in Butte, Montana with his wife, Connie and cat, Charlie. Robert has worked as a park ranger, underground mine tour guide, freelance roleplaying game writer, and ran his own roleplaying game publishing company until selling it in 2012.

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