Starter Set

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by consultant, Dec 4, 2006.

  1. consultant

    consultant New Member

    I did a search for Starter Beginner Children Kids and nothing came up. So....

    I'd like to get a model train set for my kids ages 6 and 7. I don't want to spend a lot of money (under $400). I do not plan on making this a hobby, we have way too many other things on our plate. I do want something of good quality that will last. We'll probably take it out a couple times a year, around Christmas and maybe other times. Probably set it up on the carpet or hardwood floor. If we REALLY got into later, I think we'd go with a smaller scale anyway and mount the track on a board like my Dad did with me for our HO set. But I don't have time to do that in the foreseeable future.

    I ran across an article by a model railroad enthusiast. He recommended O Gauge 3-rail starter sets. Specifically he recommended MTH R-T-R Rail King sets over Lionel as having the better set. The only problem is, they'd LOVE having the Polar Express which appears to be Lionel exclusive. Would like some bells and whistles (literally) but don't want to go overboard.

    Would do the knowledgeable enthusiasts recommend going with? Is there that much of a difference in O-Guage Starter Sets between MTH and Lionel?
  2. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    Sorry, I can't make a really knowledgable recommendation on which of these sets to choose, but I just had to reply when I read this:

    Heh heh heh...okay. Good luck with that. And good luck finding the right set. Hopefully others with more than a quip can give you a useful comment.

  3. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Welcome to The Gauge:wave:

    Lionel's OK MTH is better but, for durability, LGB is hard to beat, they're built to run outside even.
  4. cmhockman78

    cmhockman78 New Member

    i don't really know for sure what comes with the polar express set but i heard someone in the LHS today say...
    "we want some more track because we have the polar express set and it barely fits around the tree"
    now that doesn't sound like much fun
  5. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Hee...hee...Thats why they're called "Starter Sets". You start with a small set-up...
    Next thing you know...You have a basement "empire....Believe me...Thats why lots of us are here.
    Can't help with the O gauge stuff. But HO starter set from Bachmann, or Life-Like, are pretty good. Some run under $200.00. Come with track that can run on carpet, and have minimal detail for young rough hands, and this way, they won't ruin the finely detailed expensive stuff that you're going to end up buying for yourself.
    It'll happen......

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