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Check out our a large variety of athearn ath high performance trains and devices for the more fully grown train collectors too for first time purchasers.

Before the first purchase, the new enthusiast has to settle on a scale. Every purchase made will be impacted by that choice because locomotives, wagons, tracks, and accessories should be at the same scale; otherwise, the train will not work or look right. Some railroad model lovers do gather numerous scales, but taking on an additional scale is essentially like taking on an extra pastime. The traditional and most popular model train scale is HO scale, which runs at an 87.1:1 ratio. Other popular choices include O-scale (48:1) and G-scale (22.5:1). Once the scale and the locomotive are picked, the next step is to pick a power supply, which usually includes the electronic controller that manipulates speed and direction. Like the locomotive, this is a big choice where it is better to splurge than to cut corners. An inexpensive power supply can be troublesome and irregular, which will certainly extend the learning curve. The 2 main options are traditional analog or the Direct Current, which means digital command control. A lot of new enthusiasts will likely want to begin with a top quality analog power supply.
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