Model train manufacturers have done a great job of recreating life size trains as realistic models. And theyve been doing it since the late 19th century when electric model trains first appeared. Take a moment to discover the magic of model trains.
Germany is where it all began when Marklin introduced their full line of model trains back in 1891. Their first trains were based on earlier toy models and were available in three scales. They were made from tin and were very crude, but they were a great success.
Then, in 1901, Joshua Cowen entered the market with Lionel trains. Lionel would soon come to dominate the model train market in America.
Of course there were other companies that came on board with their own lines of model trains. Ives, American Flyer, and Marx all introduced model trains.
Because model trains are so interactive they are a great choice for children and adults. Even the youngest children can enjoy them. Its not uncommon for adults to recall their first train when talking about their fondest childhood memories.
Lionel was quick to recognize the importance of starting train collectors at a young age and thats why theyve...