Model railroads have fascinated children for many years. Currently, and for a long time now, the name Lionel stands for the model trains that many of us know best. And, older Lionel train sets are indeed collectible. In fact, individual cars are collectible. But, other companies made model railroad sets, and some of them are even more collectible.
Of course older model trains are more collectible than modern trains. In fact, those model trains that were made prior to world War I are highly sought after, and those made prior to World War II, and even those made for several years after World War II are also collected.
Notice we are not restricted to model electric train when collecting older pieces. Before electricity was even available there were push trains that a child pushed by hand, and later came wind up trains that used a key to wind a spring mechanism.
Some of the major companies that produced model trains are covered here, but there were many others.
Introduction Image: This is the image of an actual steam engine that we have taken and own the rights to.