All aboard! Model Train Collecting

A private collection of Model Trains now online for viewing and bidding at Abbeys Auctions

If you’ve got a thing for tiny trains and a passion for collecting, you’re in for a treat as we dive into the exciting world of model train collecting. Get ready to find out more about the different types of model trains available and take a look at just some of the collectable pieces available in an upcoming Model Train auction featuring pieces from a single private collector.

Abbeys team member Corey shows Lot 179, Fitzroy Loco Works O Scale ‘Cock O’ The North’ locomotive. Made in Australia, RRP $2,695.00. With original box, starting at $400.

Why Model Trains?

Let’s be honest – there’s something totally enchanting about model trains. They’re like time machines that let us hop back to the days when railroads ruled the roost. In Australia, the train-loving bug has bitten hard, and collectors here are all about snagging those unique pieces that tell a tale of history, craftsmanship, and just plain fun.

New to Model Trains? Explaining the different types

Model trains come in various gauges, which refer to the width between the rails of the track. The gauge not only determines the size of the trains but also influences the level of detail, available accessories, and the overall experience of the model railroad. Here are a few of the more popular gauges:

1. N Gauge (1:160)

N gauge, also known as “N scale,” is one of the smaller gauges, making it ideal for those with limited space. Despite its diminutive size, N gauge trains often boast impressive detail. They’re perfect for creating intricate layouts that still capture the essence of a larger railroad world.

2. HO Gauge (1:87)

HO gauge, short for “half O” scale, is one of the most popular choices for model train enthusiasts. Its versatility and relatively compact size make it a fantastic option for both beginners and experienced collectors. HO scale offers a wide variety of trains, accessories, and scenery elements, making it a well-rounded choice for model railroad layouts.

3. O Gauge (1:48)

O gauge, also called “O scale,” is larger than HO scale and is often associated with classic toy trains. Its larger size allows for impressive detail and robust construction, making it a great choice for both collectors and those who enjoy hands-on interaction with their trains.

Other Gauges

You can find G, Z and S gauges plus there are less common gauges such as TT gauge, which is larger than N scale but smaller than HO scale, and Standard gauge, which represents full-size trains and allows for a high level of detail.

The Most Popular Gauge in Model Train Collecting: HO Gauge (1:87)

When it comes to popularity, HO gauge takes the crown. Its balance between detail and size, along with the wide availability of trains, accessories, and scenery elements, has contributed to its widespread adoption. HO scale offers a broad range of options for modelers to create diverse and captivating layouts, making it a top choice for both beginners and experienced collectors alike.

Remember, the choice of gauge ultimately depends on your personal preferences, available space, and the type of model railroad experience you want to create. Whether you’re fascinated by the intricate world of N gauge or drawn to the classic charm of O gauge, each gauge offers its own unique appeal for the model train enthusiast in you!

What collectors are moving into

DCC stands for “Digital Command Control,” and it is a technology used in model railroading to control multiple model trains and their functions on the same track independently. DCC provides a more realistic and versatile way of operating model trains compared to traditional analog control systems.

In traditional analog control systems, all the trains on a track receive the same voltage, and their speed and direction are controlled by adjusting the voltage applied to the track. This limits the ability to operate multiple trains separately and perform other functions, such as controlling lights, sounds, and accessories, without using additional wiring and switches.

DCC revolutionized model railroading by introducing a digital system where each locomotive and accessory can be individually addressed and controlled using digital signals. Many of the lots in the upcoming auction are DCC ready!

So, whether you’re a seasoned collector with a train room that looks like Grand Central Station or a newbie just dipping your toes into this amazing hobby, remember – Australia’s model train scene is like a magical ride waiting to be explored. So grab your conductor’s hat, pack your sense of adventure, and get ready to discover the miniature world of railroads and model train collecting at Abbey’s Auctions. All aboard for some choo-choo charm! 🚂

The first Abbeys Auctions Model Trains Auction from a single private collector starts at 10:00am on Saturday the 26th August 2023.