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The world of electric train sets once entered can become a lifelong passion very quickly.
From the very early childhood stages, there are toy train sets to suit any age that can be the formation of a lifelong interest in what is considered one of the great hobbies of the world.
Many people that are interested in toy or electric train sets, whether it is for themselves or their child, may find the range of options, decisions and pricing a little confusing if not confronting.
This article will help with the basics of deciding how to enter the world of model trains, what you need to consider and various products that may be appropriate.
The first consideration to make is the age of the potential enthusiast. If the age of the user is a child under between the ages of five years and eight, it is probably best to consider a wooden model train set. These are ideal for children this age as they are less expensive and elaborate as electric train sets. Most importantly they are very robust so they can withstand any rough handling form a child of that age.
You can find wooden model trains at many toy store outlets both online and offline. Some of the more popular branded wooden toy train sets are Maxim and Brio. Thomas the Tank toy trains are very popular with children of this age.
Buying a wooden toy train is a great way to find out if your child has an interest in model trains without the financial burden that more elaborate environments can be.
If the potential new user is between the ages of eight years and eleven, depending on their interest level and maturity, they may be suitable for an electric train set.
Electric train sets provide a level of realism and detail that ignites passion in model train enthusiasts the world over. This is the time when an interest can turn into a full blow passion.
Once you have decide that an electric train set is for you or your child, there are other factors to take into consideration.
Scale and Gauge
Most commonly question you will be asked when wanting to purchase and electric train set is what model scale size do you prefer? The short answer if you are a beginner is ‘what are the options’?
Model trains are usually referred to in the following scale sizes.
G scale (1:22.5) – sometimes referred to the ‘garden’ variety train. This is the largest in the scale range and ideal to be set up outdoors in the garden. Due to its larger features, it is also great for children.
O scale (1:48) – still a larger size train and popular by the Lionel brand
HO Scale (1:87) – very popular size amongst hobbyists
N Scale (1:160) – once again, this smaller size scale is very popular with a wide range of accessories and environments, N and HO scale are widely used in hobby train community.
Z scale (1:220) – the smallest scale size
Gauge refers to the width of the train tracks with standard gauge widths matching model train set scales. On30 is a scale size of 1:48 that has narrow gauge rails.
What ever electric train set scale size you choose, there are many brands, trains and accessories to choose from.
Lionel and Hornby train sets have been extremely popular brands through the bulk of last century.
Choosing between passenger or freight trains, locomotive types and various environments such as train stations, woodlands or city precincts also provides a level of detail and realism that makes creating and building electric train sets all the more fun.
With so many options available to the buddying enthusiast, now is the time to discover the joys of the model train hobbyist.
Author: BarryJay Cooper http://www.ElectricTrainSets.org/