Electric Toy Trains: A Fun Family Hobby!
The first thing you need to do is go to your local bookstore or library and pick up a couple of books about toy trains. Maybe locate an informational DVD that your whole family can watch together.
The more knowledge you and your family gain, the better ideas you all will have about what you want. If you are interested in re-creating a real railroad, pick up a couple of books both about the railroad and the area of the world where it is located.
After some debate and a lot of bad ideas, you and the rest of your family decide that setting up an electric toy train could be fun.
Take a Saturday afternoon, pile your family in the mini-van, and go visit your local hobby shop. Chances are good that they will carry some electric toy train material. Several hobby shops even offer classes for beginners.
Plan to attend a toy train show or exhibit. You'll be able to see how experienced toy train collectors have designed their layouts. You'll start to have some ideas of your own. The exhibitors will be able to help answer any questions you have.
Getting it all set up!
Start looking over your house. Decide where you want to start setting up your toy train. As inviting as it might seem, avoid setting it on the floor. Toy trains that are set up on the floor are easy to step on or kick. In addition to dangerous feet, electric toy trains that are kept on the floor are also prone to carpet fuzz which "gums up" their mechanisms. The best plan is to get a large table on which you can safely set and arrange your toy train. If you like, you can start to create an ambiance to enhance your planned layout. Add some special lighting, toy train supplies that you aren't using in your layout.
Purchase a tool kit. Don't worry about getting anything elaborate. All you will need in the beginning is a pair of needle nose pliers, a hobby knife, a screwdriver, needle files, a scale rule, and a pair of pliers. Keep the tool kit in a drawer near the place you plan on displaying your toy train.
Don't become enthralled with the idea of having a huge layout. Large layouts are very complicated and can quickly intimidate a beginner. The best plan is to buy a small layout. The wonderful thing about toy train sets is that they are designed to be expanded. When you start setting up your layout follow that publishers plans. Once you are comfortable with the project you can start to customize. Now that you are set up, its time to add a train!
How are you going to supply power to your new train?
One form of power you can use for your toy train is a power pack. A power pack is an electrical device that supplies the power to a toy train. The power pack controls the direction of the train as well as the speed at which the train travels.
Another power source is the use of a remote control. A train that operates with a remote control requires you to operate the remote, you control the speed and direction of the train. An electric train that operates with a power pack lets you relax while the train quietly runs along its track.
Fun for the entire family!
While you and your family are enjoying your new electric toy train, shut off the TV and make sure that the entire family is involved in the planning, creating, and enjoying of the latest hobby.
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