Looking For Model Trains and Accessories, See What Winks Hobbies Ithaca Has in Store
If you have decided that this is going to be the year that you get started with model trains, it's not going to take long before you discover that this is a wonderful hobby you're going to be able to enjoy your entire life. Whether your interest in model trains came from a friend, family member or just an article you stumbled across online, one of the many things that makes it so much fun is it's something you can enjoy both by yourself and with others.
Since we love supporting people who are passionate about their hobbies, we make it a priority to keep a wide variety of model trains in stock. And even if you happen to be looking for something that's not readily available, we will be happy to work with you and use our experience in this hobby industry to obtain it.
Now that you know you can depend on us to supply you with great model trains, you may have questions about which one(s) to pick. Because there are so many different options available, individuals who are new to this hobby often find it a little challenging to narrow down the scope of their search. While that can actually be an enjoyable issue, we've got some proven tips to help you find the model train that you're absolutely going to love:
The first major topic you'll encounter within the model train world is that of scale. While there's really no such thing as the right scale, one of the reasons that many enthusiasts focus most of their attention on a specific scale is because it allows them to have different trains all work together perfectly. So when you're just starting out, the easiest thing is to go with your gut. If you're drawn to something really small, N can be a good starting point. And if you like trains that are larger in size, check out the selection of O that's available.
Enjoy the Different Names
From Hudson diesels to Santa Fe steam engines, if a train exists in the real world, it's almost guaranteed that there's a model of it. Just like scale, how you approach choosing the one you like really is a matter of personal preference. Some people like finding model train sets they remember from their past, while others go purely on aesthetics. And if you get a lot of enjoyment out of analytical pursuits, you may find that you enjoy making a list of potential options, and then researching the history of each of those options before making your actual decision.
Don't Forget About the Track
The other big component of this hobby is the track. Since there are a variety of different providers and options, the type of track you choose depends on your specific goals. For example, certain options are better for people who plan to expand their track. Although this may seem like the most confusing of all the topics, the good news is if you just stop by our Ithaca hobby shop, we'll be happy to answer any track or other model train questions you have!