Model Train Sets for Adults – Where To Start and What To Buy

Model trains are not the toys that some people think they are. Manufacturers have created model train sets for adults to satisfy the huge demand.

Model train sets for adults have been put together to avoid the confusion of buying lots of different parts to build a basic model railway.

And, because these sets are produced in bulk, and are made easier to deliver across the country, they are substantially cheaper than buying the individual components.

A large majority of these new model railway sets for adults come complete with DCC.

DCC is digital command control, which means that more than 1 locomotive can be controlled differently on the same track.

Years ago the train sets would have one power pack with one controller. This controller would vary the voltage supplied to the track which would determine the direction and speed of the locomotive. If you placed 2 locomotives on the same track, they would both move in the same direction and at the same speed.

With DCC you are supplying a constant voltage to the track and the electronics determine which locomotive will move, and at what speed and in what direction. This makes your model railway set so much more enjoyable and expandable.

Another thing to look out for when buying model train sets for adults, is the weight of the locomotive.

A good quality locomotive will feel heavy. Just by picking it up you will feel if it is solid and of a good quality.

Check how many wheels are steel. The steel wheels conduct the power to the motor. So, the more steel wheels it has, the better the conductivity of the power will be.

Most of the manufactures produce some very well priced model train sets for adults and it is a great way to decide if you want to proceed with the hobby of model railroading, or not.

Dan B Morgan is the editor of the popular and 100% FREE Model Train Newsletter. This is compulsory reading for any model train beginner. It contains valuable information on the right way to build your model railroad and how to achieve this within the time, space and budget you have available.

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10 Responses to “Model Train Sets for Adults – Where To Start and What To Buy”

  1. EMDFAN says:

    Hi Dan,

    You’re never too old for model trains. They are not toys! Look at the price and the detail of some of them! Totally made for an adult market!
    When you are too old for other hobbies there will ALWAYS be Model railroading. If the hands aren’t as steady as they once were, Younger model railroaders can still get advice, tips, and encouragement.
    If the eyes aren’t what they once were, there are larger scales!

    • Ondrej says:

      we have 00 to only its not as common for us its msltoy O gauge and HO and some do 00. for us that is HO so technicaly neather of us is wrong. 00 is just O gauge engions on HO track witch is 00. and referring to your other comment lionel does make a 2 rail series for 00 its like narrow gauge engions or for you guys those. do you understand and belive me i know lionel all my collection is lionel.

    • Rahmat says:

      Great Blog! I love your story about the 787 also one of my favourite tnaris and on my roster. One thing I didn’t like about this model is the green headlights instead white. It’s not prototypical, right?I have the Kato 0 Shinkansen on order. When I lived in Japan (long long long ago) it was known as the Bullet Train and the only model in service. These days, the shinkansen no longer looks like a bullet, so there is little point in referring to it as one, but the technology remains a marvel.I wish you all the best ith your blog and plan to stop by each week to see what you are up to.CheersThe_Ghan

  2. V/LINE OPERATOR says:

    hey Dan,
    it is annoying when people say that you have to “grow up” and that you are to old for toy trains. when people say this to me i say yes i am to old for toy trains but i dont play with toy trains…. but i am not to old to operate a model railway. i say this because model railways are designed for adults.

  3. adrian says:

    most of my friends admire what i have built,occaisionly i run into someone who thinks it childish,when i ask them what they have to show for thier money i am greeted with silence as they relise all they have to show is a lot of nothing.
    P.S. i also like to race slot cars

  4. Jammy says:

    Thats right you`re never to old for model railroads
    or to young unless you`re under the model railway suitable age. Model railways are for grown ups not really kids as of many reasons why.If you love model railways you can never be to old to love it!!!
    Also kids dont have the money for model trains thats why there designed more for adults
    from facebook JAMMY

  5. Carman Covey says:

    There is no such thing as too old for model trains, and I defy any kid to do this endeavor.
    Ignore the ignorant for they know not what they say.
    Model Railroading is for the adult, always was and always will be. It takes money, skill and an extreme amount of time and patience to built a proper model train experience. But then I have been told the same thing. I also play with toy soldiers and build models, hmmm, according to some that would mean I never grew up.
    Yet others marvel at the skill and the detail. I guess these people are just jaded and ignorant, so they don’t matter, such a narrow outlook on life should pittied, not resented.

  6. Torino Dave says:

    I got my first train set in 1955 when i was 4 years old and i am now about to turn 60,i fell in love with model railroading the fisrt time i assembled the track and that MARX O-27 EMD diesel started to move! My dad was an enginneer for the Terminal Railroad Association in St.Louis,so i had railroading in my blood from the start.
    I now have 3 layouts,N,HO and O,and not one day passes where i don’t at least operate one of them.I love it,the sights and the sounds,i have never and will never tire of it.I don’t care if family or friends think it’s silly or childish,if it came down to it,i would take my trains,cars and planes over most people i know any day.Keep the model railroad faith brothers!

  7. John Suchy says:

    Too old? Ridiculous! I don’t even have space for my Z-guage layout right now, but that doesn’t mean I’ll ever throw it away. From my website main page, click on the short chain (“links”) then on the mine (as in belonging to ME). I sometimes even amaze myself.
    That’s if not included in the header.

  8. Athanasios K says:

    Some people say that your too old to play with toy,but I say you get old by not playing with toys whether it’s model trains or any other hobby that can be a great pass time and be creative.

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