Getting started in LEGO trains
Do LEGO make trains?
Where can I buy LEGO trains?
LEGO trains are available at LEGO online shop knowns as Shop@Home and are not always carried in stores. Below is a list of stores which often stock LEGO trains.
- Myer, David Jones, Toys 'R' Us, Toyworld
- LEGO Brand Stores, Toys 'R' Us, PicWic (France), MaxiToys (France, Belgium).
- South Asia
- East/South East Asia
- North America
- LEGO Brand Stores, Toys 'R' Us, Target (at Christmas-time only, typically), smaller specialty retailers, online shops, model railroading shows.
- South America
What's the difference between the 9v battery system and the remote control sets?
Where do you get all those bricks?
For most trainheads, LEGO is not a toy but a hobby. This means they tend to have large collections of bricks. Such people often call themselves AFOLs or ALEs. Although the best solution to obtaining lots of bricks is to buy lots of sets, there are some services to help you obtain special bricks such as Bricklink and Peeron stores.
What does '8-wide' mean?
Usually used to refer to trains, '8-wide' refers to the width of a vehicle in studs. It is probably the most commonly used standard in building trains besides the LEGO standard, which is '6-wide'. There is a more detailed discussion about both these standards at eight-wide trains and about a related light-hearted debate here. Some builders use standards other than 6 and 8 wide, 7-wide, 10-wide and 14-wide being some examples.
What is a prototype?
- Main article: prototype
a prototype is the real-world version of what is being modelled
Where do I find prototype pictures?
Searching the web via such methods as [Google Images or Flickr will often yield pictures as trainspotters often post their pictures online. Local Libraries also carry books on railroad history which may serve as source material for rolling stock and track side structures.