Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Model Railroader

The holidays are here!

Depending on where you are, COVID-19 might be restricting your 2020 seasonal shopping opportunities, but that doesn’t have to stop you from getting the perfect gift for your loved ones! Whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers, starter sets, or something unique for the modeler who has everything, we’ve got you covered with a great selection of items to fit every budget! 

Gifts Under $50

Tangent Scale Models HO Scale Hopper Cars

Burlington Northern hopper car

This new selection of HO Scale Pullman Standard hoppers from Tangent Scale Models is sure to delight the serious modeler in your life! With several different railroad paint schemes to choose from, these great looking 1970s+ cars will fit right in on layouts representing anywhere in the US!

Micro-Trains N Scale Weathered Freight Car Packs

Micro Trains N Scale Weather Freight Car Pack

Double the fun with our Micro-Trains N Scale Weathered Freight Car Packs. These are perfect for adding a little personality and extra detail to any N Scale railroad. No manual weathering required!

Life-Like Belvedere/Downtown Hotel Kit

Life-like Belvedere downtown hotel kit

Bring any layout to life with a Life-Like HO Belvedere Hotel Kit or N Scale Downtown Hotel. This is a great, easy to assemble gift for the beginner looking to turn their train set into a proper layout. Check out more of our life-like buildings and structures here!

Lionel O Scale Polar Express Accessories

Lionel O Scale Polar Express asseccories

The Polar Express is an iconic Christmas story and a favorite among kids and budding model railroaders. Our Lionel O Scale Polar Express accessory packs make the perfect stocking stuffer at under $25!

Gifts Under $100

Bachmann HO Scale Norfolk Southern Heritage Units

Bachmann HO Scale Norfolk Southern Heritage Units

The Norfolk Southern Railway is one of the most well known modern US freight railroads! The result of more than a century of mergers between smaller railroads, the company now honors its past with a fleet of modern locomotives in historic paint schemes! At under $100, these models are a great deal for not only looking fantastic, but also coming fully equipped with DCC and sounds!

Broadway Limited Imports HO Scale 6,000 Gallon Tank Car Packs

Broadway Limited Imports HO Scale 6,000 Gallon Tank Car Packs

These Broadway Limited Imports HO Scale 6,000 Gallon Tank Car Packs aren’t just excellent value at only $62.99, they’re also a great way to diversify a vintage themed layout with vibrant color and realism!

Woodland Scenics Built and Ready Lighted Theater

Woodland Scenics Built and Ready Lighted Theater

At just $67 (HO and N scale models only), the Woodland Scenics Built and Ready Theater is a beautiful ready-made structure, perfect for that special model railroader. Sporting iconic Art Deco styling and interior lighting, it’s sure to be a great addition to any layout inspired by the 30s, 40s, or later! 

Lionel FasTrack Grade Crossing with Flashers

Lionel FasTrack Grade Crossing with Flashers

Bring a new dynamic element to any FasTrack equipped O Gauge railroad or Lionel train set with the Lionel FasTrack Grade Crossing! This fully functional model features flashing crossing lights which activate automatically as the train approaches – complete with authentic crossing bell sounds!

Other Top Picks 

If you’re not limited by a budget, we also have a great selection of items which are slightly more pricey, but will be more than worth it!

Bachmann HO Scale SC-44 Chargers

Bachmann HO Scale SC-44 Chargers

Our brand new Bachmann HO Scale SC-44 Chargers are fantastic gifts that are loaded with features. Replicating the latest Amtrak passenger locomotives, these models include CD-quality audio delivering various sounds, a wide range of authentic lighting features, and a “Keep-Alive” capacitor that keeps your locomotive running over power interruptions and dirty track. A winner for any modern modeler for $270!

NCE Power Cab DCC Starter Set

NCE 524025 Power Cab Complete DCC Starter Set with Power Supply

Our NCE Power Cab DCC Starter Set is the perfect gift for any modeler looking to make the switch from DC to digital control! With the ability to command up to 6 trains at once, the set includes everything needed to start running DCC on an existing layout or train set (providing your locomotives are DCC equipped). With an easy-to-operate interface, the handheld controller allows for full control of movement, direction, sound features, lighting, and more! It might not feel like the most glamorous gift to buy, but we guarantee it’ll probably be the most appreciated!

Hornby HO R1234M Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Train Set

Hornby HO R1234M Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Train Set

Get ready to depart Platform 9 3/4 for a magical journey to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with the new Hornby Hogwarts Express Train Set! This brilliant set makes a perfect gift for any Harry Potter fan, and can be expanded with add-on accessories as their railroad grows!

You can find all these fantastic gift ideas and more at our Holiday Headquarters! Remember to order early to ensure delivery in time for the holidays.

Happy railroading!