What to Gift a Model Train Lover and Railroad Enthusiast

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It’s not easy to shop for your favorite railroader. It can make friends and family anxious for the train lover’s next birthday, Christmas, Father’s Day etc.

So what can you do?

Don’t get discouraged. TrainLife has put together a few tips on what to gift and how to shop for your model train enthusiast.


Often people don’t realize there’s a lot more to being a model train lover than the train itself. You don’t have to go straight for a new locomotive. Instead, look for fun accessories to add to the creativity and character of the entire set. What attracts model train enthusiasts to the hobby is the ability for the track to come to life! They can create an illusionary world, and one of the ways they can accomplish this is through figurines like these Woodland Scenics Baseball players or N Scale Barnyard animals. Choose something that will add to and complement the layout of what your railroader already has set up.

Accessories can also include important tools your train lover will need. From paint to precision tools, there’s a wide variety of things to choose from. Since it’s cheaper than the actual train set itself, you can often bundle these together to create a truly spectacular gift.


So you’re totally lost and you have no idea what an HO Scale or rolling stock is? You want to be able to give your model train enthusiast exactly what they want but you also have no idea what that could possibly be? Fret no further. Get them a TrainLife gift card!  Leave it to the pros, your model train enthusiast and our knowledgeable staff, to find the right gift. That way you won’t have to worry about gift receipts and returns.


Maybe you’re set on getting a real, complete train set but you’re worried about the price. Model trains can be a particularly expensive hobby with deluxe car sets pricing as much as $1,000. The best way to get what you need without breaking the bank is shopping for promos and deal at your model train stores. But, be quick! Deals are for a limited time and can mean that it’s the last of what TrainLife has to offer.

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