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Trains

Little boys and trains are a popular pair. Indeed, a simple train set allows a boy to let his imagination run wild as he nurtures a lifelong love of these powerful, elegant vehicles.


Collecting trains is about more than tapping into youth, however. Adults build miniature worlds, design tracks, and add to a vast collection as a wonderful way to escape the stresses of life. Bring back fond childhood memories while creating new ones for the next generation.

  • Vintage Hornby Thomas And Percy Electric Train Set

    Vintage Hornby Thomas And Percy Electric Train Set

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    Will make a fantastic addition to any child's train set or Hornby collector. Thomas & Percy Engines, Milk tanker, 2 carriages & 2 Goods wagons all in very good condition. Box and instructions fair con...
  • Hornby - The Southern Star - 00 Gauge Train Set

    Hornby - The Southern Star - 00 Gauge Train Set

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    Hornby - The Southern Star - 00 Gauge Train Set. Used - but only once. Totally as new with all parts present - including track mat. Owners manual and everything else included.
  • Wooden 80 Pcs Busy City & Train Set Railway Track Toy Brio Bigjigs Compatible

    Wooden 80 Pcs Busy City & Train Set Railway Track Toy Brio Bigjigs Compatible

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    URBN-TOYS 80 Pcs Wooden Busy City & Train Set [390664](AC7506). Sports & Exercise. Includes Town Map Card. Large Range of Accessories. Any unauthorised use or disclosure may be unlawful. Material: Woo...
  • Hornby The Flying Scotsman Train Set

    Hornby The Flying Scotsman Train Set

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    Hornby The Flying Scotsman Train Set. Condition is Used. Main box is damaged and was purchased like it . Actual train set in very good condition . Power track in pictures is missing but since a new 1 ...
  • Kids Rail Train Set Toy with Tracks Engine Battery Operated Toys Xmas Gift

    Kids Rail Train Set Toy with Tracks Engine Battery Operated Toys Xmas Gift

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    For a spectacular Christmas decoration, build the set around the base of your Christmas tree or use as a moving table centre! - The perfect train set for beginners. 2 x Boggy with Construction Vehicle...

About Trains

The first powered locomotive gave rise to more than travel; it began an enduring fascination with all things connected to railways. Many early enthusiasts built their own scale models but the first comprehensive model railway was introduced by toy manufacturer Marklin in 1891. Marklin still produce model railways today. The three rail power system is unique to the company, although they have brought their system up to date with an integrated digital control system. They typically model German trains but have branched into international models as well. The history of model railways could not be complete without mention of Hornby. Hornby pioneered the 00 gauge trains which would later become the standard in UK modelling. The Zero 1 master control developed in the late 70s, although discontinued, is still highly sought after by collectors as are original, packaged models. Model railways vary from simple wooden, click together track for children to complex multi-engine systems for the more discerning modeller; however, track, control systems and power requirements vary across brands. In the UK 00 gauge is standard and can be used with HO track, although the scale of the models is not always compatible. Seasoned hobbyists may use a mixture of gauges and scales to create perspective. For the true enthusiast, other accessories including scenery and buildings became widely available, even essential. Whether for monetary value or a simple pleasure, model railways enjoy a special place in many people's hearts - an immersive hobby where the only limit is the imagination.