Check out our a large variety of lionel scale trains and accessories for the more fully grown train collectors as well for very first time buyers.Original parts and product packaging are a big factor in value, and it is necessary for the collector to know that for buying and in preparation of ultimately trading and offering model trains. Locomotives and railroad cars without their original box and printed products can lose as much as HALF of their mint value. One of the most common mistakes that new enthusiasts make is that they dispose of boxes, instruction sheets, cardboard liners, spacers, and relatively inconsequential accessories, but all these products have value. Collecting, preserving, and keeping the packaging and relevant materials is almost as vital as doing this for the actual trains. An excellent entry point into the model train pastime is a starter kit. Starter kits are available from all the top brand names and can save a sizable chunk of money at the expense of some flexibility. When selecting a starter kit, based upon the locomotive which is the most important piece. Normally, the power materials included with starter kits are low quality. Buy a kit that deemphasizes the power supply or doesn't have one at all, and instead, buy a separate unit. If the picked starter kit does have a power supply, save it in case the kit is ever resold.