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This video series, hosted by Michael Gross, will teach you the simple how-to workshop techniques you need to know to take an HO scale electric train set and …

Modelling train layout has caught the attention of a lot of hobbyists and collectors because with this they can build a small community and locomotives. It is recognized as one of the world’s greatest hobbies for adults of all ages by demanding effort and as well budget from them.

“Half of O scale” or commonly known as HO model train is the most popular scale with the widest array of trains and accessories. It also offers a whole lot of selections depending on one’s interest of fine details on their layout or obsession with maximizing their areas.

Some toy trains are significant because of their details and this is why there are a lot of hobbyists and collectors who consider collecting Lionel HO trains as their favorite pastime. However, some trains maintain their original prices. In starting in your collection especially when it comes to spending money for Lionel HO trains for the very first time, here are some guidelines that you can use for a smart buy.

Experienced collectors usually don’t have a hard time in identifying good model. They just rely on the self-acquired knowledge and the lessons learned over the years from this type of hobby as well as networking with the experienced collectors. However, the novice collectors still have to undergo such experience to determine the worth of a certain train, its accessories, and the layout.

Keep in mind that price guides of these collectibles are just guides, it still depends on the negotiations between the buyer and the seller.

Also, remember that the vital aspect that can influence a train’s value is its appearance. It goes to say that tarnished paint, scratches, dents, and even damaged or missing parts of a locomotive have an adverse effect on the rating and the price for the model.

The Train Collector’s Association (TCA) which is the largest association for train collectors put up standards for grading where a person can follow when grading trains. These ratings range from the brand-new state which is “Mint” with all its original parts and barely used to the “Poor” state which is already beaten up and is worth as junk.

In the area of Lionel train collecting, there are two comprehensive and respected guides: TM’s “Lionel Price & Rarity Guide” and “Greenberg’s Pocket Price Guide to Lionel Trains”. Both are updated every year and each has in many years gained many followers of model train collectors and hobbyists.

Greenberg’s Pocket Price Guide delves on the company’s creation of model trains from 1901 to the present, which is listed numerically according to the era it was produced. This particular catalogue will help you to figure out the era when the item was created. It is a useful guide in knowing what kind of train and accessories you will use accordingly to your era of choice you want to produce in your layout. Through this, you can easily avoid having mixed up items for that certain era you intend to follow in your layout.

These are just some of the guidelines for acquiring Lionel ho trains as there are many more things to consider especially for those who are just starting with their model train collection. But always remember, there is no substitute for experience learned throughout the process.

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