Question by Phil: Is there a difference between Toy Model Trains, Model Trains and Toy Trains?
I’m thinking about starting a new hobby. I like trains so I was thinking of buying a train set and laying it out in my garage. I’m new to this hobby and I’ve been searching on the internet to find which trains to buy and I’ve noticed some sites use the term “Model Trains” while others use “Toy Trains” and “Toy Model Trains”. I’m just curious if there is a difference between these three or do they all mean the same thing?
Answer by mariner31
Yes, there is a difference, though it isn’t “standardized” as best as I know…
Model Trains are intended to be ACCURATE models of the real thing. In the USA, they are standardized by the NMRA (National Model Railroad Association) regarding scale, and electrical and software standards also. There are varied levels of detail and accuracy… some manufacturers have two “brands” accurate for the normal modeler, and hyper-detailed for the modeler with a BIG wallet.
Toy Model Trains are in between model trains and toy-trains.
Toy Trains are simply that… TOYS that look like trains.
If you’re interested in model railroading, I’d suggest these two links:
National Model Railroad Association http://www.nmra.org/
Model Railroading magazine http://www.trains.com/mrr/
GOOD LUCK and I’m happy to help with follow-up information
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