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Tyco HO Trains
Tyco Toy Trains - Just plain fun...
Tyco electric trains are a great way to get into collecting vintage model railroad equipment without spending a fortune. If you've wanted to get into collecting model railroading stuff and found American Flyer and Lionel trains too expensive, Tyco trains will be a pleasant surprise. You won't find them in stores any more, but you can find Tyco trains for sale on eBay for a fraction of what they sold for new. Whether you have fond memories of running them as a child or just want to collect toy trains and not go broke in the process, prices are low and it's a great time to buy...
Tyco Toy Trains - Pure Fun
Sometimes it's easy to get too serious about model railroading. Brass locomotives and other "high end" engines, expensive rolling stock and building kits, complex ("prototypical") operating schemes - add it all up and what used to be a fun hobby is more like work and expensive to boot. Tyco trains can help you put the fun back into model railroading. Tyco trains are cheap and easy to find. They have the toy-like charm of Lionel or American Flyer trains without the high price. Tyco locomotives and rolling stock are cheap compared to modern HO equipment, their looks fit in better with cheap plastic structure kits than they do with expensive craftsman style kits, and Tyco had many operating accessories you can add to your layout.
Tyco Toy Trains - Pure Nostalgia
I grew up with Tyco trains. My first train set was a Tyco Shifter Action Freight Set (No. 7326) that I got for Christmas of 1973. "Serious" model railroaders at the time tended to look down on Tyco trains, but as for me... I was in model railroad heaven when I got that train set. The "serious" model railroaders actually had a point. Tyco trains used horn-hook couplers, which aren't very well suited for automated uncoupling. Even worse, the couplers were truck mounted, making it very hard to convert to more realistic and better operating Kadee couplers. Tyco diesel locomotives had plastic wheels that were prone to breaking and used a very unreliable way (rubber bands) to drive them. I didn't know or care. I was just a kid, in it for the fun. My choices in model railroading have changed over the years, but I have lots of good memories of my first Tyco train set and I still love running Tyco trains.
(Photo Credit: glockr - that's me)
My Tyco Collection
I've been collecting Tyco trains since 1976...
Tyco 0-4-0 Shifter - My first "real" model engine...
I've had toy trains as long as I can remember, but my first "real" train set was the Tyco Shifter Action Freight Set. Most of it is long gone, but I still have the Tyco Shifter locomotive it came with. At one point, I'd decided to super-detail it and make it look more like a real engine and less like a toy. Fortunately I only got as far as cleaning up the cylinders a bit. All I need to do to restore it is a bit of paint touch-up.
Tyco Spirit of 76 Caboose - The first piece of my Spirit of 76 train...
I never bought the Spirit of 76 when I was a kid (I fancied myself a scale modeler) but over time I've gotten more and more interested in having one. It's hard to find the locomotive and caboose in good condition though. I finally found this brand new (NIB) Spirit of 76 Caboose on eBay for $20 so I just had to have it:). I also found a NIB Spirit of 76 locomotive so I bought it too. The rest of the rolling stock in the train was just regular Tyco freight cars so I should have the complete train set soon.
Tyco Trains For Sale
Find great deals for Tyco HO Trains on eBay...
There has never been a better time to buy or collect Tyco trains. Tyco HO trains are much more affordable than American Flyer or Lionel trains but they're just as much fun to run (or collect). You can find them all day long on eBay for a fraction of what they sold for new, in many cases "Brand New" or "Like New" condition at very affordable prices. If you're into Tyco trains, it's definitely worth your time to check out the listings on eBay.