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Joining A Model Train Club

Aug 2, 2008
Do you love to build model trains and you would like to share your hobby with others? You can join a model train association and do just that. With many different model railroad appreciation clubs and builders clubs available nationally and abroad there is no shortage to your options as to which one you can choose to join. Before you just pick a random one that you would like to be a part of you should know how to make an informed decision when you choose.

If you are looking at simple clubs then you must first decide what sort of member's benefits you would like in the one you eventually join. Some of these clubs offer monthly newsletters and emails as well as access to forums where you can ask questions, get answers, and read others questions as well. They may also offer access to some small functions like club meetings at local parks or members homes so that they can enjoy each others company and discuss their love of model railroads.

If this sounds like it would be right up your alley, or tracks, then the easiest way to find these types of clubs is on the Internet or in model railroading magazines. If you are looking to join a much larger organization then there are also national model railroad associations that are usually receptive to new members. The one thing to keep in mind when you consider joining one of these associations is that you may have to pay membership dues. These dues go to help maintain the organization and plan for big events. They do offer some rather nice benefits however.

Some associations may get you discounts when you go to buy your next model train or accessories. They may also offer select trains or cars that you cannot find for sale through any retail outlets. With nicely done association magazines and planned events associations can keep you as busy as you would like to be with all sorts of different things to do. One of the drawbacks to being a member of a national or foreign model railroading association is that sometimes the little person can get lost in the works.

If you have an issue with your membership you may not always get a prompt response. You also may not get very pleasant answers to your inquiries as well. Associations can tend to be large and impersonal. Yes they can come with perks but they don't always equal out to the drawbacks that come with them. In the end whether or not you choose to join an association will have to be based on exactly how much you wish to do within the association.

If you do not care for associations or clubs, you are just looking for access to trains that are not offered in stores you might consider joining an "of the month" type club. They usually offer select engines or cars that cannot be gotten elsewhere. The drawback is that you may have to sign up to receive their monthly offering. This can mean that you have to purchase ones that you might not care for.

No matter what type of group you decide to join there can be both many benefits and many drawbacks. The secret to deciding which one is to pick the benefits that mean the most to you.
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant for model cars, model trains, and model trucks. You will find excellent hobbying and trading resources here for model car tricks and tips, model train associations, and model trucks.
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