There are many different interesting facts about toy model trains. The more you get into the hobby of model railroading, the more you will find out. Those just getting started will be interested by some of the things experienced railroaders have come to know over the years. Below you will find a list of ten interesting facts about model trains.
(1) The Truth About G Scale. Many people have come to accept G scale coming from the word garden. G scale actually comes from the term Gros which is a German word for big or large. The reason why so many people call them garden trains is because they are used as outside trains. Layouts include plants and grass from the gardens people have in their homes.
(2) History of Model Trains. Toy model trains started out as novelty toys for children. These toys followed shortly after trains were used as modes of transportation and delivery. These toys did not have very much detail. As time went on, adults became interested in the model trains and an entire industry was born.
(3) High Society Model Trains. In the Victorian era, there were many different social clubs, which met to talk about model trains. It was considered highly exclusive to have your own model train set with an elaborate layout. The prices of the trains put them out of the hands of common people making it trendy to own them.
(4) World War One. Before World War 1, the majority of toy model trains were made in Germany. This became a problem in a time when Germany became the enemy of the world and all production was halted. This allowed many companies like Lionel to become the powerhouses in model trains they are today.
(5) Track Materials. The material used to make the tracks have changed over the years. One of the most popular materials has been brass. This has given way to aluminum and stainless steel as options many people prefer. One of the most popular materials to use is a nickel alloy blend, which costs less while still being light and conductive.
(6) Weathering For Detail. A very big design feature many train modelers include in their layouts is weathering. This will give the train and the layout the appearance of realism most people are looking for. By adding stains, or wear, the entire design will appear as if it has been affected by the conditions.
(7) Why N Scale is Cheaper. The N scale is one of the most popular scales of toy model trains. The popularity along with the size makes it very easy to mark down. Using less materials and being easier to add details also play important roles in allowing manufacturers to reduce the cost of the finished product.
(8) The Future of Model Trains. Model trains have undergone many changes over the years from being able to only run one train to running several. It used to take a highly skilled conductor to manage multiple trains. Now with computers, it is easy to manage several trains on the same track at once.
(9) Trains You Can Ride on. The 1:8 ratio model train is not something everyone has space for. It has become popular for those who have the money in order to have fun with their children, or simply to have a model that is easier to work on. Being able to operate the model with coal or propane allows you to have the live steam most modelers prefer.
(10) Train Clubs. No matter what scale train you own, there is probably a club you can join of others who prefer the same scale. These clubs are recommended for anyone regardless of skill level. They are great places to show off and get new ideas from.
There is much more information available about toy model trains. You are sure to discover something you will want to pass along, as you get more familiar with the hobby itself.