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Starter Sets

Looking to get started in model railroading? Maybe you are looking for the perfect set to go around your Christmas tree. Or perhaps you are curious which of the varies scales may work for you. Whatever the case may be you have come to the right place. In this section you will find our complete inventory of starter sets These 'sets' are complete with trains, track and transformer so you can get started right away!

We have broken our sets down by the three most popular sizes and for you Christmas fans we also have a section for all of our Holiday Themed Sets. Here is a brief description of the three main scales in model railroading in the order which we present them.

The most popular gauge for toy trains is O (pronounced "oh"), with 1 1/4 inches between the rails. The rugged O and O-27 gauge (circles of track have diameters of 31 and 27 inches, respectively) trains produced by Lionel in the 1940s and '50s helped introduce millions of children to this hobby. Many of those youngsters, now grown up, still enjoy trains of this size.

HO trains are small enough to allow you to plan a satisfying layout in a compact space, say a 4 x 8-foot sheet of plywood, and still be large enough to show off lots of detail and be easy to work with and enjoy. As important, this segment of the hobby offers an enormous range of kits and ready-to-run models. No wonder HO railroading is the most popular of the scales, with more than two-thirds of modelers making it their top choice.

Smaller still but growing in popularity is N scale. Rolling stock and locomotives of this size are designed to be in a ratio of 1:160 to their prototypes. The track gauge is 9 mm between the rails. Despite being so small, N scale works well for modelers who don't have a lot of space at their disposal (apartment dwellers, for example) or who prefer to run their trains through truly expansive scenery.

Select from the categories below to purchase:

O Scale Sets HO Scale Sets N Scale Sets

Holiday Sets

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