Most model trains sell as toy sets. As a result, enthusiasts feel frustrated due to the little information that is available concerning collecting the model trains as a hobby. In order to make the transition from a hobby to a model collector easier, herein is a guide on useful tips to collectors on how to go about this activity.
1. RESEARCH MODEL TRAIN COLLECTING
At first, you should take your time as a mere spectator. This may require you to visit toy stores or read magazines related to model train collection.
2. DO NOT PLAN EXCESSIVELY
Most collectors tend to be slightly over ambitious and may end up planning the sprawling landscape with multiple railway lines. This usually turns out to be a mistake since the vision and interests of the collector evolve with time, meaning that they have to make major adjustments to the railroads frequently. The trick is to plan small phases at a time.
3. CONDITION YOUR MODEL TRAINS
The aspect which separates model trains from other collection is the fact that your trains have to run. It is important always to keep your trains conditioned; after all, broken trains sell at a lower price as compared to trains which can actually move.
4. PACKAGING AND ORIGINAL PARTS ARE A BIG FACTOR
The collector should know that railroad cars and other locomotives often lose up to 50 % of their value if the original box or printing materials are missing. Therefore, maintaining the packaging is equally as important as keeping the trains in good condition.
5. BRANDING IS ESSENTIAL
Trains from brands which are not recognized will collect a much lower price as compared to trains from recognized brands even though the locomotive power is the same, if not higher. As a result, collectors are advised to avoid buying from unknown brands in an effort to save money. In the long run, the unrecognized brand will force you to sell your train at a throwaway price.
6. CONSIDER GETTING A STARTER KIT
Starter kits are available in most top brands such as Lionel, American Flyer, Tyco, and Bachmann. You should choose your kit based on the type of locomotive you have. It is highly advisable that you get a kit which does not have the power supply as those with one are usually of low quality. Purchase the power supply as a separate unit.
Collecting model trains have continued to become more popular in the past century. Even though the activity can be somewhat intimidating for beginners, with the correct starter kit, locomotive and power supply, the collection of trains can be a satisfying hobby. The collector has to be patient at first so as to become more confident and experienced in the future.
Take a look at this video clip of an amazing collection of model trains!