- All ages
Fascinating model trains
The invention of the steam locomotive set off a technical revolution at the start of the 19th century. Trains so captured the imagination of the public that people began recreating them in miniature form. Toy trains were introduced for sale and an entire toy industry emerged. But engineers also built miniature trains, for instance when they wanted to test the shape and colour of new types. To this very day, hobbyists continue to devote hours and hours to recreating or collecting their favourite locomotives and train cars. What is it about model railways that makes them so fascinating? Come to the Model Stockroom and find out for yourself. You’ll encounter builders, designers, owners and beginners. And a few ‘odd ducks’ as well, that belong to a category all their own.