Purchasing model railway products for new collectors

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OO gauge locomotives
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We've all been there, not sure how to start a model railway but cheaply. However there are a few tips and tricks that can make sure you get the best quality goods that eBay has to offer. So here are my top tips to the best miniature rail products.

1. Search for common mistakes
This may sound odd, but if you are looking to buy Hornby products (or any brand for that matter) then searching for common spelling errors is the first thing you should do. Searching for things like honby, horby or even hrnby can still get you some results, and for a good price too, as not many people look for these.

2. Roughly know what you want
Searching for joust 'Hornby', 'Bachman' or 'Model trains' is too vague, with thousands of results applying to these. Have a rough idea about what you want in mind to narrow down the results to something closer to what you want.

3. Get the right scale
Always, Always Always read the description to check what scale the product you are buying is. From personal experience I can tell you it isn't good to buy a locomotive for £50 then to find out it is too small for your track.

4. Be wary of job lots
Usually job lots are a good thing, with model railways however the reality is somewhat different. Most of the job lots  associated with model railways are old, worn out bits of track that have spent 15 years in an attic gathering dust, only go for model railway job lots if you can go to collect, so you can see the quality before you buy

I hope these tips help in establishing your model railway layout, good luck and happy bidding



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