Why People Love Model Trains in Utah

model train engine by the Christmas trees

Model trains and railroads seem to have cast a spell over their hobbyists, who often have trouble pinpointing what it is about them that they love so much. Maybe you remember that intricate train that circled around your Christmas tree or maybe you even got to experience first-hand the full power of railroading long ago.

Does anyone still love those model trains?

The answer is a resounding yes! TrainLife put together a few reasons model railroad hobbyists love it and why you might too!


  • 1) It’s a Family Thing

  • Purchasing and collecting railroad cars, tracks, and everything related to model trains is really generational. It often begins with adults who pass down the passion for model railroad sets to their children and grandchildren. Thus the memories of the trains are almost always associated directly with families!

    Together, a parent and child, grandparent and grandchild, or the whole gang, can decide on different layouts for tracks. Model train supplies can be found at any local or online train store. Layouts can take hours and it is extremely hands-on. It allows the young ones to put the electronics away for a few hours and spend quality time creating with the family. Although, model train companies recognize the disconnect and have been working on innovative ways to take the trains digital.


    2) A Whole Lot of History

    Railroads was once the main source of transportation in the United States. Its influence on the economy, engineering and mechanics led to a lot of the wonderful things we have today. With the love of model railroading comes the love of the era! The hobby is an opportunity to educate and teach children and others about the nation’s past. Even just taking someone to a train store, can help them experience the magic behind the historic hobby.


    3) F-U-N!

    Simple. Why do model railroad hobbyists love it? It’s fun! There are different sizes, styles, and scales that the possibilities are truly endless. The feeling of letting your imagination create an entirely new world then watching the railroad cars come to life, well, that’s what it’s all about.

    It’s a fun hobby that has a rich community, especially here in Utah. You’ll find that there are a lot of people who enjoy this passion and you can join various clubs in the valley. For example, last year, Thanksgiving Point welcomed 7,000 families for the 26th annual Ophir-Tintic & Western Model Railroad Show according to the Daily Herald. Whether you enjoy the fun or the art, model trains is a hobby that anyone can enjoy.


    For more insights on model trains or to start your collection, visit TrainLife.com.


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