Maybe it's the sense of nostalgia that they evoke or the intricate level of detail that can be achieved – whatever the case, building model trains is certainly a popular pastime.
If you're the kind of person who enjoys tinkering and building, then creating a model railroad might be the perfect way to spend an afternoon. To find model trains for sale in Australia, browse the complete collection available at Hobbyco today.
How Do You Get Started With Model Trains?
For many people, the idea of starting a model train collection is both exciting and daunting. There are so many different options to choose from, and it can take time to figure out where to start. However, there are a few simple steps that can help you get going on the right track.
First, it's important to decide what type of model trains you want to collect. Do you want to focus on a particular era or region? You may be nostalgic for the good old days when travelling by rail was many peoples’ only option, in which case you should start your collection with the OO Valley Drifter Train Set. Alternatively, if you want to celebrate a modern mode of travel, the OO High-Speed Train might be a more appropriate option.
Next up, it's time to start thinking about the space you have available to set up your model train landscape. Whether you have a large basement or a small nook in your home, Hobbyco has options available to fit any space. You will also need to consider the type of terrain you want to create. Do you want a seaside retreat, rural countryside, or a winter wonderland? Whatever your ideal landscape, we have the scenery supplies required to take your landscape to the next level.
Finally, once you've made your purchase, it's time to start assembling your collection. Whether you're starting with a small starter set or a large and complex system, the process of putting everything together can be both fun and rewarding. And as your collection grows, you'll find that there are always new and exciting ways to expand your railway empire.
What Do I Need To Know Before Buying A Model Train?
Building and playing with model trains is a great way to pass an afternoon. But before you start your model train collection, there are a few things you need to know. These points relate less to the type of scenic railway landscape you want to create and more to the actual process of building your tracks to ensure the system is functional.
To start with, decide what model scale you want. The most popular scales are OO (1:76) — such as the Summertime Coca-Cola Train Set — and HO (1:87) — like the C38 Locomotive 'The Newcastle Flyer'. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it's a good idea to do some research before making a decision.
Second, you need to figure out what kind of power system you want. The most common options are battery-powered and electric-powered. Again, each has its own pros and cons, and one may be more suitable to your functional needs than another.
Finally, decide how big you want your track to be. The last thing you want is to realise you require more track pieces, or alternatively, you've invested too much money in your setup and need more space to put it all together. By designing your train route beforehand, you will only purchase the length of track you actually need.
By following these simple tips, you can be sure that you'll be happy with your model train purchase for years to come!
What Is The Difference Between HO And OO Model Trains?
Part of the appeal of collecting model trains is the vast array of options available. One crucial decision that hobbyists must make is choosing between HO and OO scale models. Both scales have their own advantages and disadvantages, so it is a good idea to understand the difference between them before making a purchase.
HO scale models are slightly smaller than OO scale models, making them more compact and easier to store. Because of their smaller size, HO scale models may also be less expensive than their OO scale model counterparts.
On the other hand, some hobbyists find that OO scale models are more robust than HO scale models. They are also easier to see and work with, which can be helpful for beginners. However, OO scale models take up more space than HO scale models, and they may not fit well on smaller tracks.
Ultimately, the choice between HO and OO model trains depends on personal preference. Some collectors prefer the smaller size and greater affordability of HO scale models, while others prefer to work with larger scale OO trains. Whichever route you choose, you're sure to enjoy hours of fun with your new model trains!
Which Scale Of Model Australian Train Should I Choose?
Are you looking to add an Australian flavour to your model train setup? Hobbyco offers a range of quintessentially Aussie train models to help achieve your dream layout.
Take the HO Sydney Suburban Sputnik Zoo Train, for example. Featuring a motorised power car and two double-decker trailers, the set was used to promote Taronga Zoo Park and includes floral and orangutan-themed designs.
If you're looking for something more traditional, consider the HO GE C30-7' The Ghan'. A replica of the vehicle that travels along what is regarded as one of the world's most extraordinary train journeys, it's the perfect addition to any hobbyist's model train collection.
Both of these trains are HO scale or 1:87. The scale you choose will depend on the space you have available as well as what accessories you want to include.
Which Scale Of Model British Trains Should I Choose?
Few types of transport are as inherently British as the train. Whether it’s the underground Tube or a scenic cross-country route, Hornby trains have a lot of inspiration to draw upon in designing and manufacturing their vehicles.
Nothing could be more British than the LMS Princess Royal. Entering the service in 1935, it was named after the five-year-old Princess Margaret Rose, younger sister of the future Queen Elizabeth. Hornby's HO model is painted in royal red and sits at 25.6cm long.
Again, the scale of train you choose will depend on your space and the design vision you have.
What Is The Most Popular Model Train Set?
Hobbyco's best-selling model train set is the 'The Newcastle Flyer.' Produced by Australian Railway Models; the Newcastle Flyer was an express train that hauled countless passengers between the major Australian cities of Sydney and Newcastle. Now it's your chance to own a HO replica of the last express train in Australia to be worked by locomotives.
Shop For Model Trains In Australia At Hobbyco
Whether you have an established model train collection or are just looking to get started with this much-loved pastime, Hobbyco is your one-stop destination for model railway supplies. From trains to tracks, we have everything you need to build a world-class model train setup.
Browse the complete collection online today, and be sure to contact our team with any questions.