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Old Yesterday, 12:17 PM   #7531
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West Selling trains, & building a layout

Originally Posted by lccobb41 View Post
I recently inherited from a deceased Brother-in-Law a HO collection of mostly NEW in BOX trains. No track, Just about 35 diesel locomotives as well as some 75-80 cars. I have never been into trains in all my 78 years of lif.

I do have a great grandson that I have purchased and built a large Thomas the Train with 40-50 engines as well as that many cars, tenders,etc. Not sure he will have any interest in this collection but I would think I need to read and sell some of these pieces and acquire some power modules, tracks, etc. and see if he has any interest.

How should I go about marketing a portion and acquiring a decent layout to get him started. He is 6 1/2 years old and does spend at least one night at our house and usually 2 nights. Any suggestions would be appreciated.I

am in Tulsa, OK and a retired V.P. of an Oil & Gas Company.

Selling "used" trains (meaning already bought, even if never removed from the box) can be very disappointing. You are not likely to recover their initial cost. You can check on E-bay under "model trains" to see what they are selling for.

As far as building a model railroad for your great grandson, first, of course, find out if he is interested. If he is, then the attached files should help you in planning and building a layout. I also recommend the book "Getting Started in Model Railroading" by Jeff Wilson. You can order a copy from Or through your local train store.

I also suggest you check out our "Beginner's Q & A" section, here on the forum. It has lots of good info for new modelers.

Good luck & have fun;

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Old Yesterday, 08:12 PM   #7532
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Hi everyone! I am a huge fan of Life-Like products, I can’t tell you my name, but please call me Stars, I’be loves model trains since I was a small child, and I’ve never stopped loving them since, I look forward to meeting new people who love model trains like me. I think this will be a great experience for me, and hopefully the people I meet here!
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