LEGO trains is a well-established sub-hobby within the hobby with fans all around the world. Getting into LEGO trains is not for the faint of heart as it requires substantial investment of money and space. Of course you could just get one LEGO train set and be satisfied with that, however LEGO trains have a way of chugging themselves into your heart and making you want to build bigger layouts with more trains… you have been warned. 🙂
The best way to see LEGO trains in action is to participate in a LEGO convention open to the public. They almost always have large train layouts and you can chat with the creators to get tips and ideas. There is nothing like seeing LEGO trains in real life, so if you are interested in the hobby I highly recommend you check to see if there is a LEGO convention, or at least a LEGO club near you (some LEGO clubs also specialize in trains).
If you can’t participate in a LEGO convention and there isn’t a LEGO club near you but you would like to learn more about LEGO trains, the next best thing would be to get in touch with and get inspiration from LEGO train fans online. A great place to start is at railbricks.com. Railbricks publishes a very high quality online magazine with great articles on anything and everything related to LEGO trains.
The 15th issue of the Railbricks magazine was just released, and it is available as a free download at the railbricks.com website. It includes an interesting editorial on LEGO train layouts by senior editor Elroy Davis, reviews on several of the new LEGO train sets, instructions for building a small diesel train, an interview with professional LEGO Train designers Ricco Rejnholdt Krog and Henrik Andersen, and a lot more. The magazine is over 40 pages long, so there is plenty to see. You can also download all previous issues on the same page, and yes they are all free.
In addition, the railbricks.com website includes a blog section with more helpful articles, a forum section to interact with other LEGO train fans, a resources page to help you plan out your own LEGO train layout, a gallery of LEGO trains to feast your eyes on, downloadable instructions of LEGO trains (some amazing models here!), a list of the various LEGO train clubs around the world, as well as a calendar for LEGO trains related events.
So if you are interested in LEGO trains, check out railbricks.com. Whether you already have your own LEGO train layout or you are completely new to LEGO trains, I think you will find it valuable. And if you would like to get into LEGO trains you can also check out LEGO’s current selection at the Online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? Are you a LEGO train fan? Which LEGO train sets do you have? Or do you prefer to build your own designs? Do you have any tips for those who are new to LEGO trains and would like to get into the hobby? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
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