Building an Electric Train Set.
Asked by: radiant1-ga
List Price: $10.00
02 Nov 2002 21:17 PST
Expires: 02 Dec 2002 21:17 PST
Question ID: 97059
As children my brother and I spent many hours driving our electric trains through mountains, crossings, tunnels, cows,herds, milkmaids. The set was given away, my brother has gone away, and I have Lupus so am inside almost always, Now I can play with trains again, but my brother was the buyer/designer. I can do it, I know I can. Please tell me where I can shop online for mountains, signals, and a brass steam engine. I'd like to see some designs of existing systems. I have several cars and some track. I do want to hear that lonesome whistle blow, and I want horses in the pastures, and milkmaids and ordinary citizens, Can you help me? Jean Bancroft
Re: Building an Electric Train Set.
Answered By: funkywizard-ga on 02 Nov 2002 21:45 PST
What it sounds like you are looking for is Lionel Trains. They are the number one supplier and producer of model train products (or at least they were 10 years ago when I was introduced to the trains). I myself loved these as well. Their website is here: [ http://www.lionel.com/ ]. If you are like the majority of model train users, it is likely that you used the common "o gauge" of track and trains. Gauge is explained here: [ http://www.lionel.com/GettingStarted/Guides/AboutGuage.cfm ]. For track layouts, Lionel has a diverse set of track layouts that you might use for beginners and experts [ http://www.lionel.com/GettingStarted/Guides/TrackLayouts.cfm ], complete with where to put switches, crossovers, track, and other pertinant information. To find all those wonderful trains, signals, switches, scenery, and everything else, I suggest you look at the Lionel catalog, which is available online here: [ http://www.lionel.com/Products/Catalogs/index.cfm ]. They literally have hundreds of trains and train related products. These products are sold through authorized Lionel dealers [ http://www.lionel.com/Dealers/Index.cfm ], and through the Lionel online store [ http://www.lionel.com/Store/index.asp ]. For some designs of existing model train layouts, I found several attractive designs. One [ http://www.electrictrainoutlet.com/gallery.cfm?show=gallery&pic=1 ] is from electric train outlet [ http://www.electrictrainoutlet.com/ ] which claims to ship their train products anywhere. The Lionell operators train society's conventions page [ http://www.lots-trains.org/html/2001_convention.html ] and [ http://www.lots-trains.org/html/title_page.htm ] has some nice looking pictures of their layouts also. Toy train review online [ http://www.toytrainrevue.com/ ], has several nice layouts featured such as this one: [ http://www.toytrainrevue.com/super-o.htm ] I trust this covers all the information you requested. If you feel this answer is lacking in any way however, please feel free to request a clarification. Finally, thank you for using google answers and thank you for giving me the opportunity to be nostalgic about model trains.
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