For all train enthusiasts, shopping for a model train set can be a grueling task. Luckily, there are a few basic elements you can look out for i.e. size, power supply and type of track. The main types of scales available in the market are the “N”, the “HO” and the “G” scale. Most model trains come with simple power packs; however, the Digital Command Control (DCC) models stand out in that they allow independent control of multiple locomotives with very minimal wiring layout.
One fact about model trains is for sure that they are not only fun but they greatly help in understanding various disciplines such as painting, history, engineering and so on.
Below are some of the best model train sets available in the market:
Lionel Polar Express Train Set G-Gauge
Inspired by the award winning book, “The Polar Express”, this train set is battery powered and available in large scale. It spots realist detailing complete with an impressive retro styling. The Lionel Polar Express model train set can be easily assembled and most importantly it offers an exciting, interactive play-time experience for basically anyone above four years of age. Just like in the movie this set includes authentic sounds and whistles and small figurines of a disappearing hobo, a boy, a conductor, an observation car and so much more. The track creates a 55” by 72” oval thanks to the 4 straight and the 12 curved pieces included in the set. The Lionel Polar Express Train has been highly rated on many review sites thus earning itself a spot as one of the best model train sets.
Bachmann Trains Thoroughbred Ready-to-Run HO Scale Train Set
With fun and adventure in mind, the electric-powered Thoroughbred Ready-to-Run model train goes off the rails featuring an oval snap-fit E-Z track made of 1 straight track piece and 12 curved ones. That’s not all as this toy train takes after the F7 diesel locomotive with its realistic details such as a wide caboose, an open quad hopper and even an operating headlight. This model train set from Bachmann Trains is available in HO scale and is ideal for children in the ages of 8 & 12 years as well as anyone above 12 years of age.
MOTA Toy Train Set
Real smoke, lugs cargo carts, authentic sounds are just some of the amazing features in this classic toy train. The MOTA Classic Toy Train is battery-powered and includes an easy-to-build train track with a maximum size of 50” by 70”. Every piece in this set is meticulously crafted, from the cargo cars to the wheels which actually do chug. Mineral oil has been used to achieve the realistic smoke thus it is perfectly safe for use by anyone from 14 years of age and above. The MOTA Classic Toy Train comes with 12 curved and 4 straight tracks as well as 4 AA batteries. This beautiful toy train offers entertainment to friends, family and house guests, inclusively it can also add style to your living room as it can be used as a décor piece.
The above recommendations may not be conclusive but you can never go wrong with the following brands; Lionel, Athearn, Atlas, MOTA and Bachmann. Turn your love for trains into a hobby and get any of the above model train sets.