For an outsider, every train may look similar, but for a modeler, model trains are not only a hobby but also a reflection of oneself. It is difficult to shop for model train builders since not all of us are knowledgeable.  Here are some tips to consider:

Get To Know Your Modeler

It will be helpful if you spend a little time with your modeler and chat about the basics of model trains. Take this opportunity to listen to hints of what model trains might interest your modeler.

Model Train Size

After finding out the basic details about your modeler preferred model train, make sure to find out what model train size your modeler needs. The model train size is important because train size should fit the layout.


Building model trains are not just about trains, scales, and tracks. You can also consider giving accessories like structures, cars, trees, and lights.