Lionel Vs Bachmann

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When trying to decide on an electric model train there are a lot of options out there! Two of the oldest and most established brands are Lionel vs Bachmann. These two brands have been making hobby model trains for around 100 years. The competition between the two has risen them both up to be the … Read more

Model Train Track Radius and Arcs

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So you’re working on your model train layout and want to make a full circle, or even a part of a circle to make ovals or smooth turns in your track, but don’t know how much track you’ll need? Read on! The Difference Between Radius and Arc Okay, first things first, lets get some definitions … Read more

Our Guide to Athearn Trains

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What are Athearn Trains? Athearn is a model train manufacturer owned by Horizon Hobby based out of Illinois, USA. They first started in 1938, when Irvin Athearn built an O scale model railroad layout in his parent’s house, and then decided to sell it.  These days, they specialize in HO and N scale model trains, … Read more

Our Guide to Bachmann Trains

Bachmann OO train

What are Bachmann Trains? Bachmann trains are currently one of the largest manufacturers of model trains in the world. They’re currently a Chinese owned company but were first founded in Philadelphia in 1833. From 1833 right through until 1966, they were manufacturers of a variety of different products; originally vanity products made from ivory and … Read more

What to know About Lionel Trains

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What are Lionel Trains? Lionel Model Trains are a staple in the model train community. In fact, they were one of the first companies to ever make model toy trains, and have been in business since the early 1900s. They’re one of the oldest brands of toy trains in the world, and are so prolific … Read more