Originally Posted by Ewilson47
Hello! I’m new here, my mother in law wanted me to try to sell her father’s N scale trains, so figured what better place than a model train forum!
I hope that’s ok, I also wanted to join to learn more about these things too! It’s all super interesting!
Thanks for having me here!
Welcome to the forum!
The others have already advised you about where, and how, to try selling those old trains.
Unfortunately, used trains seldom sell, and never for anything like their original cost. You can find current, full retail, prices for N-scale trains at www.walthers.com
Then you can compare those prices to what used trains are actually selling for on E-bay. The E-bay prices generally run less than half the retail prices.
Also, be aware that this comparison is for fairly new production N-scale trains. The current production is much, much, higher in quality than the 1970s trains you probably have. I have been a N-scale modeler from that time up to now, and I've seen the tremendous improvement in N-scale during those years.
You can get an approximate idea of the age of your trains from the couplers. (Couplers are the hook things that attach one car to another car.) Older N-scale used "Rapido" brand couplers. These were large plastic items that looked like square hooks.
Newer production N-scale come with "knuckle" couplers. These are smaller than Rapidos, and a different shape. Knuckle couplers are sort of shaped like a human hand. If you look at two connected knuckle couplers from above, they look like two hands joined in a handshake.
By all means try selling the trains if you wish. You are welcome to post close-up, clear, photos; and your asking prices on our "For Sale, Member-to-Member" section.
However the idea of keeping them, or even donating them to a charity, may work out for you.
If you want to learn more about model railroading, and maybe build a layout for yourself, or your family, the attached files have lots of information that may be helpful.
Good luck with whatever you choose to do;
WHERE DO I START rev 4.pdf
Model Railroad Terminology 3.pdf
MODEL RAILROADING ON A BUDGET.pdf
1 How to build a better first layout.pdf
2 How to build a better first layout.pdf
3 & 4 How to build a better first layout.pdf
5 How to build a better first layout.pdf
6 How to build a better first layout.pdf
All AboutTurnouts rev 4.pdf