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Welcome to Fun Model Trains

We created this store to help the model train enthusiasts (like ourselves) find the locomotives, train cars, scenery or any of the model train accessories you can think of. We have every scale available with hundreds of items listed in each scale. You can find many unique items listed from Lionel, American Flyer, Hornby, Tyco, Atlas, Athearn and many other manufactures.

If you are looking for something very specific please use the search form above. Enjoy your stay and we hope you find something to help make your time on the rails more enjoyable then it already is!
 
Model Railroading has become a popular hobby. People who enjoy model railroading range from those who simply own a train to those who spend many hours recreating a railroad set with scenery and an exact layout. This hobby can really be as simple and inexpensive or as complex and costly as you make it. The basic idea is to create a miniature railroad layout for your trains to pass through. Some models are quite small and others are large enough to ride.

Designing a railroad depends on how complex or realistic you are intending to be. Many modelers simply create an oval or circular track. More serious modelers mimic real scenes to scale with landscapes and architecture. An example of one of the largest model train scenes can be found in Oxfordshire, England at the Pendom Museum. This museum features an EM scale model of the Vale of White Horse from the 1930s. In addition, the museum holds some of the earliest known realistic model railway scenes.

Enthusiasts often meet at model railroad clubs across the world where model railroading is popular. Club members meet on a regular basis to discuss the hobby, show-off their railroad models. Clubs often specialize based on the scale or gauges, as there are several differences in modeling depending on the gauge you are using. Some hobbyists specialize in life size models, which can be extremely different than those who specialize in miniature recreations.
American Model Builders HO #138 Springfield Depot (Laser Kit)
American Model Builders HO #138 Springfield Depot (Laser Kit)
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Atlas 2001710 O Undecorated 62' Short Bulkhead Flatcar 3-Rail
Atlas 2001710 O Undecorated 62' Short Bulkhead Flatcar 3-Rail
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BACHMANN SPECTRUM "HO" Scale, 8-40CW LOCO, CSX #7661, C-10 Mint-Brand New
BACHMANN SPECTRUM "HO" Scale,  8-40CW LOCO,  CSX #7661,   C-10 Mint-Brand New
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MTH 0 GAUGE 20-93524 NEW YORK CENTRAL 40' AAR VIVA LA FRANCE BOXCAR NEW
MTH 0 GAUGE 20-93524 NEW YORK CENTRAL 40' AAR VIVA LA FRANCE BOXCAR NEW
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WOODLAND SCENICS AUTO SCENE LUBENERS LOADING N SCALE
WOODLAND SCENICS AUTO SCENE LUBENERS LOADING N SCALE
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LIONEL NO.249, COLUMBIA STEAMER & AND MATCH TENDER IN PENN.
LIONEL NO.249,  COLUMBIA STEAMER & AND MATCH TENDER IN PENN.
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Scales and Gauges

Although the words scale and gauge are often used interchangeably, they actually have different meanings. Scale refers to proportion of the train to the original, whereas the gauge refers to the space in between the rails. When model train collecting was first started, the trains were not to scale, but simply a rough estimation. Over time, however, collectors and producers started making the trains to scale rendering the pastime more complex and challenging.
 
Model trains come in a variety of sizes and gauges depending on how big or how miniature you want to be. The largest model trains can have engines that are 28” tall, these trains can be ridden. Alternately, there are Z-Scale trains, which are as small as matchbooks and are 1:220 scale. The Z-Scale trains have been increasing in popularity in the recent past. If you are looking for something in between, there is the HO scale, which generally has an engine that is 2” tall and from 4 to 12” long.
 
The most popular scales include the G Scale, H0 Scale, TT Scale, O Scale, and the Gauge 1 Scale. Overall, the most popular indoor collector scale right now would be the H0 Scale. Among the largest scales, the 1:4 Scale is often used for park rides and other attractions. The G Scale is most commonly used in backyard train layouts.

Landscape

Along with the trains, the scenery around the trains has also become extremely detailed. Many collectors enjoy creating the entire layout or creating an exact replica of a train scene just as much as collecting the trains. The layout includes everything from grass to architecture and people in the scene.
 
Building the “scene” can be extremely complicated and involved a lot of work. In many instances, cardboard, Styrofoam, plaster, paper-pulp, foam, bubble wrap, glue, and other materials are used to create the intended look. The most common method of scenery building is to start from the bottom and work your way up. Generally, the base (ie. sand, ground, grass, etc) is built first. Then, you would add items according to the scene that you are creating. Molds, casts, and kits can be used to build buildings, shrubbery, rocks, and other items for your scene.
 

Many serious collectors get enjoyment out of creating the scene from scratch out of common materials; however, you can purchase almost any miniature item that you need to create your model.


The Miniatur Wunderland model railroad in Hamburg, Germany