Model Trains For Beginners Is Reversing The Decline In Model Railroading

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Model Trains For Beginners has been on a mission since 2008 to reverse the decline in model Railroading.

Dan Morgan of says that the kids of today are missing out because a video game will never give you as much pleasure as planning, building and constructing a working model railroad. We live in an instant gratification age where the kids want to take the wrapping off a package and be playing in 2 minutes… So, it’s up to us as parents and grandparents to show them what they are missing out on. reported on the decline in model railroading with members of the West Fargo Club…


Don Radeck – Spud Valley Model Railroad: “I look forward to Tuesday nights coming out here, and we model railroad, and we talk about trains and trains we saw over the week.”

In recent years those numbers on Tuesday night are dropping, and fewer young people are showing up.

Don Radeck: “A lot of it’s the electronic age, it’s easier to sit at the computer screen and play video games and stuff like that I see that with my own son”

Some of the decline may also have to do with the real railroads they’re based on.
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Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan fell in love with model trains at the age of six when he visited an NMRA Convention in Seattle with his father. Forty two years later, his passion remains just as strong. After achieving a successful career in architecture, Dan’s particular interest is within layouts and buildings. With a wealth of knowledge on the subject, Dan loves nothing more than sharing this with others and is delighted in the forum of members who are brought together over the hobby they have in common. Dan lives with his wife Helen in Washington. As a professional painter, Helen has learnt through Dan about Model Trains and they now enjoy working on projects together. The only member of the family who isn’t allowed to join in is their over-enthusiastic Labrador called William who has been strictly banned from the workshop! You can find Dan on Google here!

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  1. jerry
    5 years ago

    It’s just the way things are. Things change & they always will. When I was a kid many were into SW radio, Building & flying balsa airplanes, building model cars etc. If you enjoy Model railroading that’s great, probably not our job to get others interested also. To some it seems that the interest is on the way down, but new locomotives & rolling stock are coming out almost weekly.
    We may have the selfish concern that supplies will be drying up for us in the future, but most of us have more than enough to last past our lifetime, so ENJOY.

  2. Ronnie Brannon
    2 years ago

    I am a member of the Model Railroad site on Facebook. It is amazing what some people design with their passion for trains.I was wondering if it was alright to post anything for sale on the site or should I go to ebay. I have three IHC locamotives new in the box along with numerous buildings some assembled and some in the box.The buildings are old made from wood similar to very small popsicle sticks. I don’t know what they are worth but I am sure it took considerable time and effort to construct. Thanks for your advice.


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