How to Find Model Train Parts

Knowing how to find model train parts is crucial for any model train enthusiast.

Finding model train parts isn't always easy. Parts for rare train sets can be especially difficult to get your hands on, but it's necessary to have spare parts if something in your set breaks or needs fixing. Replacement parts will be particularly required if your train is used often.


If you're just starting out as a beginner model train builder, the easiest option is to buy a model train kit that already includes all of the pieces. These kits are available online, in major toy stores and in specialty model train stores. Model railway kits can range in price from $10 to over $1,000.

Replacement Parts

If you're looking for a single part or two that needs replacement and can't find the part in a store, try the manufacturer's catalog or website. You should be able to order the part directly and have it shipped right to your home.

Take Care of Your Train

The easiest way to avoid needing model train parts is to take great care of your train. You should consistently clean your train; parts can get extremely dusty and covered with oils from your hands. Cleaning solutions can be purchased from any model train manufacturer and will keep your train shiny and dust-free. This is important for train maintenance because dusty parts will not function properly when the dust gets caught in the gears and keeps the parts from moving correctly.

Fading and peeling paint can also lead model train enthusiasts to replace parts. To avoid replacing parts due to faded paint jobs, keep your trains out of the sun and away from harsh lighting.

Like a real train, model trains need to be oiled. You can keep your train working flawlessly by keeping it well-oiled and running it consistently. Just be sure to clean the train properly after oiling as excess oils can damage plastic. 

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