Ten Model Train Gift Ideas

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Ten Model Train Gift Ideas

The holiday season is almost upon us, and no matter which particular holiday you observe gift-giving is usually a part of the tradition. If there is a model railroader or a future model railroader on your gift list, here are ten model train gift ideas to help you make a selection.

(Note: the ten gifts are listed in no particular order and this is not meant to reflect a ranking system)Polar Express

  1. Lionel Polar Express Ready to Play Train Set – For the young person with a love of trains, there are few better ways to introduce them to the world of model trains than this great children’s train set from Lionel. The Polar Express remains an endearing story and film, and several train museums around the world run their version of a Polar Express-type winter excursion each year. This set is ideal for the young train enthusiast from pre-school through third grade.
  2. Bachmann Industries Durango and Silverton – N Scale Ready to Run Electric Train Set – N scale is the Durango and Silvertonfastest growing scale in the hobby, worldwide. You can do a lot more in a small space with N scale, and for younger enthusiasts, the small size of the N scale cars and engines are easier for their small hands to handle. This set of the famous Durango and Silverton by Bachmann would make a great set for an adult beginner or for a child of 10 or up.

    Model Railroader magazine

  3. A Subscription to Model Railroader Magazine – Model Railroader is the leading monthly magazine in the industry. Every month, there are tips on projects, model railroad industry news, reviews of various products, articles on different model railroad layouts, and more.

    model train display case

  4. Wall Hanging HO Scale Model Train Display Case – For the intermediate to expert level model railroader (or even a beginner), a safe place to store model train engines and cars when they are not in use is often an issue. With a wall hanging display case, those engines and cars can be safely stored while also showing them off to others in an attractive manner.
  5. Heavy Train SoundsHauling Train Sounds – Modern model train locomotives often come with or can be easily equipped with sound specific to that engine model. But Heavy Hauling Train Sounds brings an entire train yard to life with actual recordings of railroading action in a yard. The MP3 sounds could be played from any computer, tablet, or smart phone and would help bring any model train layout to life. An audio CD option is also available.

    I dream in O Gauge

  6. I Dream in O Gauge Model Train Hobby T-shirt – Is the model railroader in your life a fan of Lionel trains or other O gauge model trains? This t-shirt allows them to tell the whole world how much they love their hobby and the model train scale of their choice.
  7. LioLionel Price Guidenel Trains Pocket Price Guide 1901-2017 (Greenberg’s Pocket Price Guide Lionel Trains) – If you know someone who collects vintage Lionel trains, this pocket price guide by Greenberg may be just the gift for them. With values for Lionel trains from the year 1901 to the present, this little guide is the definitive source for Lionel train values.
  8. Hornby The Flying Scotsman A1Class #4472 OO Train Set – If you are a fan of British railroads, the Flying Scotsman A1 Class OO scale train set from Hornby would make a wonderful gift. Like the other train sets listed, this set comes with track and controller. The Flying Scotsman is a classic train, and known the world over. OO Scale Flying Scotsman
  9. Train Junkies Heartland Farm – Railroad Backdrop HO OO Scale – Every good model railroad built on a shelf or against a wall needs a good backdrop. This Heartland Farm backdrop is perfect for both HO and OO scale model train layouts and would look good on any layout where the trains pass through the countryside.Back Drops
    bachmann expander set
  10. Bachmann Trains Snap-Fit E-Z Track Nickel Silver Layout Expander Set – If the model train enthusiast in your life is ready to expand their layout and add more track, this track expansion set from Bachmann may be just what they want. With 12 total pieces of Bachmann’s E-Z Track system, this set can be added to any other set using E-Z Track, and expand on the possibilities of model railroading.
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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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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.