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74 Collectable Model Trains: How can I display my trains?




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This article is from the Model Trains FAQ, by Christopher D Coleman with numerous contributions by others.

74 Collectable Model Trains: How can I display my trains?

The most obvious method is to screw track to shelving. Trains can also
be placed right on the shelving but this provides less protection
against earthquakes, pets, children, etc. One ingenious solution is
called Rail Rax. They are solid aluminum shelves with mounting holes
and molded extrusions the width of your track gauge. They are
available in HO/S, O, and O/I/Standard from:

Rail Rax
786 Seely Avenue
Aromas, CA 95004-9510
Phone: 800-830-2843
Phone: 408-726-3706
URL: http://www.railrax.net/

Glenn Snyder Display Systems
260 Buffalo St
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: 877-852-4676
Fax: 716-852-4677
URL: http://www.gsds.com/

TrainShelf
Chocolatetown Trains
PO Box 137
Hershey, PA 17033
URL: http://www.trainshelf.com/

Another clever solution is to use beadboard, a common material in the
walls of older buildings that can still be purchased. The grooves
between beads are about right for O and S gauge stock. There are
special brackets available for rack shelving which has staggered tiers
for holding three rows of train display boards all visibly. Available
from:

For Toys Company
Warren Knauer
18050 Judicial Way N
Lakeville, MN 55044
Phone: 612-898-2843

Yet another alternative is to use wood shelving with routed or sawed
slots to accommodate wheel flanges. A pre-made shelving of this kind
is available from:

Trackside Marketing
PO Box 137
Fairview, PA 16415
Phone: 814-833-8562
URL: http://www.tracksidetrains.com/

Remember when choosing a location for your trains that moisture is the
enemy of trains. This is especially important if your trains are in a
basement. A good dehumidifier will save your trains in even a slightly
damp basement. Similarly if you choose an attic you must be cautious
about heat. Many of the earlier plastics used in train manufacture are
especially susceptible to warpage and melting in heat. A/C or
ventilation is a must.

 

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