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Lionel Trains 10th Anniversary Polar Express Lion Chief Remote Train Set
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(as of 01/19/2018 14:10 PST - Details)

The Lionel Polar Express Remote Train Set – O-Gauge is based on the locomotive from the Polar Express movie.  This set includes the magnificent Berkshire locomotive, lovingly re-created in O-guage.  One of the great features of this set is the sound, not only will you hear the famous announcement by the Polar Express conductor, “All Aboard!”, but you will also get a brand new “Tickets Please” announcement.

This set comes with the LionChief Remote Control system, this system ensures that you have complete control over your Polar Express train.  This control will not only control the realistic sounds, but also switch the headlight on and off, with a switch for smoke and also realistic sounds, such as chuffing and background sounds, like whistle and bell.

The features and details for this set are:

  • 2-8-4 Berkshire style locomotive and tender
  • 2 x coach cars and one observation car
  • Polar Express decorative bell
  • 4 Polar Express figures
  • LionChief remote control
  • 8 curved track sections, 1 straight track section and 1 wall pack section

This is a great set for a young starter as there is so much to keep them amused, with the sounds and smoke.

Bachmann Industries Durango and Silverton - N Scale
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Sale Price: $112.75
(as of 01/19/2018 14:10 PST - Details)

The Bachmann Trains Durango and Silverton N Scale Ready to Run Electric Train Set is based on the Durnago & Silverton Narrow Guage railroad at Durango, Colorado.

The line was originally constructed to haul silver and gold ore from Southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, however the beautiful scenic value of this area was quickly recognized and a passenger service was started.

This fine train set from Bachmann Trains does absolute justice to this train service.  The 0-6-0 locomotive is details as is the tender and old time coaches.  This set would be a welcome addition to any budding young model train enthusiast.

The features and details for the Durango and Silverton N Scale train set are:

  • Complete ready to run train set.
  • Powered by an 0-6-0 steam locomotive and tender
  • 34″ x 24″ oval of nickel silver E-Z Track
  • Power pack and speed controller
  • N Scale Train set
  • Complete Set – Everything you will need to build your own railroad
  • Conforms with the NMRA (National Model Railroad Association) standards for N Scale – 1:160

Once you get this set home there is nothing more you will need to have it up and running.

The rise of Atlas model trains is a story of a company that has grown larger than originally thought. It is a story of hard work, vision and entrepreneurship, much like the stories of many other companies involved in model trains.

It was back in the early part of the 20th century that Stephan Schaffan Sr. started what would become Atlas Model Trains. In the early days it was not a model train company, but a tool company that was so undermanned that Stephan Schaffan Sr had to get his son Stephan Schaffan Jr to assist with the company.

As happens Stephan Schaffan Jr wasn’t happy with the money that he earned at his dads business (if he earned anything at all). He was young and was an inventive person who’s passion was machinery. He used to build model airplanes at home after work. He was a frequent visitor to a model airplane shop that was local to where he lived. He wanted to earn some extra money and would constantly ask the owner of the model shop for a part time job which was always met with a refusal.

Eventually the owner of the store was worn down by the constant pestering by Stephan Jr.s constant requests and in the hope that the would go away and leave him alone he gave him some old model trains and tracks that he no longer had any use for.

He was unaware that this equipment that he passed on so easily would lead to the the company that today is known as Atlas Model Trains.

Stephan Jr. took these trains and tracks home and started work on them. Whilst working with these parts, as he was inventive, he created a switch set. This switch set became the staple of Atlas Model Trains, he also developed a way of allowing the user to control the trains by controlling the voltage on the tracks.

Later on, Stephan Jr. went on to invent even more products. This made the company grow larger, at the same time his father’s business started to look small when compared. At some stage during this growth the original name Atlas Model Trains was changed. The trains was dropped and the company became known as Atlas Model Railroad, however it is still known as Atlas Model Trains by most people.

Stephan now continued on developing and inventing devices that would save work for people who enjoyed model trains as a hobby. Atlas Model Trains now officially existed. One of the things that he invented was pre-assembled track, this saved his customers the problems of assembling track themselves. Track assembly became much easier due to his inventions.

Nowadays one of the larger names withing the Model Train industry is Atlas Model Trains. Although Stephen Jr. is no longer alive, model trains is a much more accessible hobby than it used to be due to Atlas Model Trains and his legacy.

Model train layouts are not a hobby that I would recommend for everyone. There can be a lot of work involved in the design and building of the layout and it is only recommeded for those people who are dedicated and committed to model trains. A simple layout can be easy and cheap to create, however the fun really starts if you take the time to create every small detail in a large layout, using your imagination to add things such as a woodland, city or desert in the yard of your house.

Planning is one of the most important things when creating a new layout, and is the first thing that you should do. This is a vital step when starting off as all actions that come later can only be started when the previous step has been completed.

You will need to have a vision as when planning a model train layout this is a fundamental part of the process. Have a look a the site where you want the layout to go. When you look at the site, what do you imagine there? Could it be a forrest where trees are felled to provide wood for building? Do you see a city where trains are busy ferrying passengers all around town? Is there a fairground or circus where you can hear the squeals of joy from all of the children? How about a western scene with cowboys or even a train robbery in progress? There are many situations that you could put in your model train layout, you have to decide which one you would like.

Once you have decided on the scene the next thing that will need your attention is the terrain. Model train layouts set indoors are quite often even, hoever having an outdoor garden layout may require you to work on the terrain. Depending on your terrain you could leave some small hills and transform them into mountains, or if you would like a real challenge, how about a tunnel. Even if it entails extra work the outcome will more than compensate for that. Some of the area will have to be smoothed over so that you can lay your tracks, remember, not everything can be tunnels or mountains.

When planning your outside layout, remember that you will have to do gardening and there are also plants in the garden. It can be better and easier to find a way to work with what is already there. You may want to try planting smaller bushes and plants that my fit in better with the scale of your model train layout. The opposite is additionally true. Your impression of scale may be broken if you have a 20 foot tall rose right alongside your model train, it will not look very realistic.

One other factor to take into account with the planning or your model train layout is the budget. It cannot be said that model train layouts are very cheap. If you are after a really good layout, then you will have to be prepared to spend a bit more money. Another thing that you may want to take into account with your model train layout is that there will be a bit of work involved.

Maybe our budget is restrictive and your are time poor, if this is the case think of an interior layout, this may be a better option for you. If you have a passion for this hobby and it may be that adding the extra time and money will be worth it, especially when your family and friends see the results of your work.


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