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How to pick a train set
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How to pick a model electric train set
Many people get their start in the model railroading hobby with a train set. While most train sets do not include high end components, the benefit is that you get everything you need to start in one box and you know that it will all work together. When first getting into the hobby (or picking a set as a gift for someone else), you first need to decide on a scale. HO Scale is the most popular. Click here for information on scales if you are not familiar with them.
Once you have decided on a scale, here are some other things to consider:
- Do you want a set with a steam locomotive or diesel locomotive?
- Do you want the train to consist of passenger or freight cars? Tip: Children seem to enjoy freight trains as they appear more varied in terms of consist.
- What road name do you want? Tip: Many people like to model trains they see in real life. Therefore, it is very common to pick a railroad that runs in their area.
Different Control Systems
HO and N Scale
Standard DC is the most common means of control when it comes to starter sets in HO and N Scales. With this type of control, you control the voltage on the rails by using the included power pack. Locos on the connected piece of track will change speed accordingly. You can also reverse the train, which is typically done by a switch.
DCC is a means of controlling trains digitally. This requires both a DCC system and a loco that has a DCC decoder installed. There are not too many sets at this time that include a DCC Controller.
BlueTooth is a newer means of control, which requires that you install an App on your phone or tablet which is then used to control the locomotive. The loco still gets its power from the rails via an included transformer.
Most G scale sets come with a DC power pack like their HO/N Scale counterparts. G Scale power packs typically output a slightly higher voltage due to their size.
Most of the new Lionel O Scale sets now come with a LionChief controller, which is paired with the included loco. Traditional AC transformers are no longer included in the vast majority of sets.