A Beginners Guide to Wood Trains

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We as parents like to see our children enjoying their toys through imagination and creative play, and I know many are lost over what to buy their kids in terms of wooden train sets. Here are some things to look our for as you plan to buy Wood Train Set:

Sometimes the smaller the better
Not every child will take to Wood Train Set. Because of this, it is best to start with the smallest set available, usually an oval configuration with a couple or trains included. Almost all of the big brand names that make wooden trains like Thomas Wooden Railway have these type of sets.

Buy only respected well know brands
There are hundreds of companies that produce Wood Trains and sets, however it is best to stick with a select few that not only produce quality products, but also have a trusted name in making children’s toys. One of these brands is Learning Curve, which manufactures the line of Thomas Wooden Railway and has a very stable history for making quality wood toys. They produce quality trains that are based on the hit TV show, and children love to play with their preferred characters. Another quality brand is BRIO, who has made the BRIO Train Set for almost a hundred years. They are a international company that is recognized for their innovation and quality. Other companies that produce wooden train sets are Melisa and Doug and Imaginarium, both lesser known but still make quality wood products.

Look to expand your set when the time is right
The nice thing about Purchasing a brand name train set like Thomas and Brio is that you can interchange them easily. There are extra pieces you can buy like unique types of tracks, unique buildings and bridges. Your child will tell you with thier cues when it is the right time to expand your wooden train set.

The key is for them to have fun and use their imagination. With the right wooden train set, your little conductors will be busy for a long time.

Buy Model Train – Consider the Layout

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Buy Model Train - Consider the Layout

When buying a model train set you need to decide on want you want to do with it. Do you want to build it up or just watch it go? Get some ideas by going to your local hobby store. Hobby stores will have the powered train sets, whereas a toy store may only have the low end models that use batteries or windups and cater to kids, not collectors. If the train set is for your child, then a more circular track without a lot scenes or structures will work best, for someone that wants to expand or have a complete scene that matches a historic era, then an electric model train is what you want with a more complicated track system.

The most common scales are the HO, S, O and TT, where as HO is considered the Standard Scale. When deciding on the scale, consider how much space you have or require for your train ste. Smaller scales such as the N or Z will work in smaller spaces, such as a den or apartment.

You can either buy a kit that starts you out or you can buy individual pieces, switches, power packs, locomotive cars and the engine with the basic components. When picking out individual pieces ensure you have enough curves to complete your track circuit.

You can't just plop your set onto the floor or carpet, you want it out of the way, the best thing to do is find an old table or counter that can be built to suit the size of your track. I have found that stores going out of business have display tables that work great.

Leave some room for expanding, you know your gonna want to add some structures, especially when certain holidays come around to make it more scenic.

Pick building and people figures that are from the same era or historical time that your building your scenario around and make sure they are the same scale, you don't want a 12" GIJoe over towering your 2 inch figures - they just don't clash.

Also, be sure to join a forum for exchanging ideas and tips with other collectors.



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Welcome to the Railroad Trader

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It might be tough not to recognize the significant part in history that the railways have made to shape the worlds transportation industry and made it, what it is today. Without railroads to bind states and countries into one continuous unit, we might never have gained such industrial achievements.  RailroadTrader is a great place for you to review, bid and sell those hard to find model trains and collectibles of different varieties. Find names such as American Flyer, Brass Imports, KLine, Lionel, Walthers and more that replicate history. Reviews on Z Scale, N Scale, HO Scale, OO Scale, S Scale, O Scale, G Scale and Standard Scale. If your constructing models, we have a list of structures, scenes, tracks and other accessories. Collecting railroad items is a very popular hobby to engage in because of the history of the railroad system.

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