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Scale, Gauge, Age? Tips for picking a first train set. 

Age Matters—
IS THE CHILD PLAYING WITH THE TRAIN SET 
5 YEARS, 15 YEARS, 
OR 65 YEARS OLD?

A child's first train set is a gift that will be cherished in memory forever. 

Start off right with a train in a size large enough for the child to handle without frustration.  

Buy a set that is rugged enough for little engineers to play with and part of a train system or established train scale so that more cars and accessories can be added to allow set to grow with the child's interest.

For adults, the choices often depend on available space and what type of trains were played with during childhood.  Consider the planned use for the train ( ie: seasonal display, elaborate scale layout, family project ) and the proposed location for it to be set up in.

Toy trains range in size from very small ( N Scale ) to pretty large 
( G Gauge ). Each of these popular sizes is best for model railroaders of different ages and require varying amounts of space for operations.

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FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN
THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE
WOODEN TRAIN PLAY SETS 
with Action Accessories

As children develop along the "train play" curve, at about ages three and up they are ready to play with wooden train play sets that have been so popular for generations of young children.   

Today's kids will enjoy reenacting the magical adventures of the ever-popular Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway System. Featuring characters from the Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends video series and the Thomas and the Magic Railroad feature film now out on video, this complete wooden train and village system allows children to re-enact their favorite Thomas tales or create new adventures of their own.
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TRAIN FOR A YOUNG CHILD?

 
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FOR AGES 7 to 77
LIONEL TRADITIONAL SIZED 
0 & 027 GAUGE ELECTRIC TRAINS
In the 50's and 60's a Lionel train running under the Christmas tree was what a child dreamed of on Christmas Eve. They were big, fast, made lots of noise, and built to last. Once again 027 trains are the choice for children and adults alike who want to enjoy the feel and excitement of substantial, solid toy trains running in a space as small as 3 feet by 5 feet!
It's hard to believe…but even though these trains are large (Cars 10" L & track 8 3/4" L x 1 1/4"W), they are designed so you can have fun running them on a layout set up in less space than is required for the much smaller ( half the size train cars ) HO scale! In addition, the unique 3 rail track design eliminates almost all the electrical difficulties of building a train layout.

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Lionel Train O27 Gauge Pennsy RR Set with Fasttrack 

 

SET FEATURES:

  • Die-Cast Metal Engine Smokes & Whistles!
  • Powerful  80 Watt Transformer
  • NEW FASTTRACK 

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HO or N Scale

FOR AGES 12 & UP
LARGE LAYOUTS IN SMALL SPACES

HO Scale- High detail at a low price
For about 80% of new adult model railroaders HO SCALE (1/87) is the scale of choice because of cost and space factors. A railroading empire can be set up in a small space and HO scale accessories are plentiful and inexpensive. Of course, because these trains are so small and full of details they are too fragile and temperamental to be handled by younger children.

 Beginners HO Train Sets

A classic American HO Scale freight set is an inexpensive way to get started in HO scale model railroading. Typical features include a streamlined diesel or powerful steam loco with operating headlight.  The complement of autheically detailed freight cars may include tankcars, boxcars, reefers,  and of course, a caboose. These ready to run sets come complete with a circle or oval of track and deluxe powerpack.

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N Scale- For Adults with "No more room"
N scale trains (1/160) are about half the size of HO but appear even smaller because each individual replica occupies only 1/8 the space of a similar HO item. There are not as many accessories in N scale as in HO but in situations where space is very tight, or modeling broad sweeping vistas is the goal, N scale is the best option.

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Scale & Gauge?
Choose the
size trains best suited to your needs.

The terms scale and gauge are often used interchangeably to refer to the size of a model train, but they are not the same. Gauge is the distance between the inside edges of the track rails. Scale is the size ratio of the model. 

The scales and gauges of the 5 most popular sizes of electric model trains are listed below from largest "G" to smallest "N". The train section of our website and catalog are also set up this way with all the same sized trains and accessories grouped together.  

The last line of the table below compares the approximate length of a common box car in each model train size.

Name:  0/027  S HO  N
Scale: 1/22-1/29 1/48 1/64 1/87 1/160
Gauge: 1 3/4" 1 1/4" 7/8"  5/8" 5/16"
Box Car: 16"L 9"L 7 1/2"L 5 1/2"L 3"L

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