If theres one thing you should bear in mind when buying model trains it should be that these train sets are not just for your collections. You would definitely want these train sets to last for a very long time. You would surely want to enjoy playing with them without having to sacrifice its quality. Now when buying these train sets, you should really have to ask yourself some important questions before you actually purchase them.
Some of the questions you need to ask yourself before you do the actual purchase are “What scale do I need to have”, “How much am I willing to spend on these model trains” and “Where should I put them”? You have to put in mind that with these train sets, size does matter all the time. You may not know it but choosing the scale of your model train is considered one of the most important things you have to take into consideration.
What you dont know is that this will greatly influence the answers to all of your other questions. Now just in case you are not familiar with these model trains, you should know that they do come in a number of different scales. Each of these scales has its own advantages and disadvantages. Just in case you havent explored these scales yet, you should know that a scale is the actual size of the model train as compared to its prototype.
There is the G scale which is also known as LGB trains. O scale is 1/48th the size of the prototype while S scale, on the other end, is 1/64th the size of the prototype. This specific scale has gained popularity during the American Flyer period in the mid 1900s. There is also HO model train which is 1/87th the size of the prototype. You might also want to check N scale which is 1/160th the size of the prototype and Z scale which is 1/220th the size of the prototype.
Buying model trains doesnt just involve money but most of all it entails so much of your time and scrutiny. After you have invested time in deciding what scale to have, you must now decide where you are going to put your layout. This is one of the most important things you have to closely consider. Just in case you havent thought about it yet, you can definitely choose to place it on the floor or perhaps on top of a covered tabletop.
But if you are thinking of making a permanent layout, you might want to play it first to figure out which layout will work best for you.
When buying model trains, you must be able to create various model railroad layouts. By playing with your model train set, you should be able to realize that the layouts you have first created with your model train set is rather limited. You might want to place one piece of straight track on each side of your layout and subsequently create an oval.