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Our city will be having its annual train collectors show the end of this month. In researching HO trains for my father (who wants to sell off some of his trains at the show), I have come across some interesting model trains on the internet. I'm not big on buying on the internet and would rather buy an item at the show. My interest in trains just started this month when my father wanted me to research the trains he has decided to sell, but it has got me hooked now!

I don't want to set up a actual train railroad display (or whatever you call it) in the house like my father has had for 50 years, but just want to buy a special item for display purposes (and a keepsake).

Any ideas on what I should be looking for (i.e. engines over box cars, brand names, brass trains over plastic, etc.).

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that's a hard one.

I can't tell you what is right for you. If money is no object go for the brass. I have held some brass trains, but never owned one. I knew it was brass only because it was unpainted.

I love the steam engines. They were off the rails be for my time but I still like them the best. My favorite road names are the ones that ran through the city that I grow up in.

Walk around, and look. Something will jump out and say buy me.
 

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Are you looking for a specific scale? If one wants a Christmas Train, for instance, I would suggest nothing smaller than O gauge, For a table display, n-scale or HO.

I, like Southern, love steam engines. Early diesels are anothwr favorite as i like the steam and transition eras of railroading.

If you are wanting keepsake pieces, buy quality stock. Rivarossi, Proto 2000 & 1000, Spectrum, Broadway Limited, Atlas, to name a few. All will be a bit higher price, especially the Broadway Limited. Are you wanting sound? Multiple trans? Or are you looking for something just to run around the Christmas tree for example? All decisions you must make before buying.

Bachman make a G-scale Christmas train that is not of the highest quality, but decent none the less. Ours is 15 years old and gets run about 60 days a year, non-stop. Hasn't failed us yet. We have added cars and it really looks nice around the tree. Big train though G-scale. And all of the cars are animated.
 

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What to Buy?

Thought it might be the engines - that is what seems to catch my eye! I sure do like them brass engines!!!

I don't really know what I want, just something for display on a shelf (at least for now).

If I buy something I will post it here - then you can rate me on my find!

Thanks again.
 

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Thought it might be the engines - that is what seems to catch my eye! I sure do like them brass engines!!!

I don't really know what I want, just something for display on a shelf (at least for now).

If I buy something I will post it here - then you can rate me on my find!

Thanks again.
Brass? Take your banker with you. lol
 
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