New To Model Trains

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by openshot, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. openshot

    openshot New Member

    Hi my name is Damien i am 16 soon to get my G1 and i would like to get into model trains. I can use my Dads old train set from when he was a kid i think the years are in the 70s they are old but they are keeped in good condishon (sorry if i miss spelled that). i will take pics later of them. i am thinking of making one of them train tabel things.
  2. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    Welcome aboard. You will find this site very informative, and helpful. Never hesitate to ask any questions, as everyone here will is very friendly, and understanding. Many different skill levels on this site, from the very beginner to the seasoned pros. Its all just one big happy family
  3. openshot

    openshot New Member

    well there is one thing to ask. is where do you get the house's? or do you make them? if they sell them do they sell any trailers like in the show trailer park boys?
  4. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    What scale are you modeling? There any many sites to find just about anything you need. is a good one, and just about anything you can think of is on ebay too
  5. openshot

    openshot New Member

    umm what do you mean by scale?
  6. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    What scale/gauge. Z, N, HO, O, S, G are all the popular scales/gauges
  7. openshot

    openshot New Member

    oh. i dont realy know any thing about that stuff.
  8. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Scale is the ratio between the model and the real thing. We often use "gauge" to mean the same, but that's really the distance between the rails.
    3 most likesly scales or gauges are O, HO and N. O gauge is 1 1/4" between the rails; HO is 5/8" or 16.5mm; N is 9mm. O scale is 1/4"=1' or 1:48; HO is 3.5mm=1' (1:87.1) and N is 1:160 (not sure of the other).
    Models of houses are for sale; also trailers. If you want to stretch your money, we have a forum on scratchbuilding (making things from raw materials). Look for "Robin at his best" to see what can be done with cardboard boxes.
  9. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    As a start to finding out your train size, does the track have two rails or three?
  10. openshot

    openshot New Member

    my dad said that they are the HO. and the trains are form 1972
  11. NCMRailroad

    NCMRailroad Member

    Welcome to the Gauge. Don't let the dream die!tooth1
  12. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    :wave: Welcome to the Gauge Damien!!

    HO is the most popular scale and I think has the most stuff available for modeling. Don't get me wrong, I love N, O, and G scales too but HO is my preferance. I am starting a N-Scale layout so n-scale is my next fvorite after HO.

    Definetly check out Walthers, for tons of items for all scales!!:thumb: :D :)
  13. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    If they haven't been operated lately they may need som cleanup of the rails and locomotive wheels.
  14. openshot

    openshot New Member

    oh well i know that i need one of the trains fixed because it is not working.
  15. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Welcome To The-Gauge Damien.:wave: You will find out this is a Great Place and you will meet alot of good people here. Have a good time here and enjoy what you see. We all have something to contribute to this forum.
  16. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    In 1972, if the trains are plastic diesels, they will have either all wheel drive or just one truck will drive it and have a freewheeling truck picking up the power, but doing nothing to pull the train. If all wheels drive, it will be a good engine worth repairing. If it has only one powered truck, it is a toy sand pretty much useless. If you have steam engines, the best ones will be heavy die cast metal bodies. I'm presuming here that your dad did not have brass models.

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