ModelRailroadForums.com is a free Model Railroad Discussion Forum and photo gallery. We cover all scales and sizes of model railroads. Whether you're a master model railroader or just getting started, you'll find something of interest here.

Gary B

The Fox Valley Railroad
Same way I got started. (A large layout went by the wayside when I was a teenager) A local store was getting out of hobby stuff and had a Bachmann set with an 0-6-0 steamer and the typical set of cars, track and transformer for $15. I got it and set it up on a 4X4 and it was my son's Christmas present. This was 1983 (I think.) Part of that 4X4 is still in the current layout.


Section Hand
I still have my first steamer from the real early 60's. A cast iron 0-6-0 with little detailing. Traded a 2 Cent Piece for the locomotive at a Coin & Hobby shop. Found the 2 Cent Piece in my change from the store. It looked like a dime.


Iron Horseman

Well-Known Member
My original set from 1988, was for my 4 yr old son. Still runs.View attachment 30241
Are those converted to Kadee couplers, or were the McHenry already in use by 1988?

We can often say ill things of the "toy" train sets, but it is amazing how many of them still run after years and years of child abuse. I started with Marx equipment. Slammed it straight from full power forward to full power reverse more times than one can count. Used it to ram many a slot car crossing the tracks. Marx was probably at least one step down from Bachmann's stuff of this era. I've been trying to recreate what I had back then, but when ebay says "really we have everything" - they lie. Been looking for years and can't find all the things from that set.

Affiliate Disclosure: We may receive a commision from some of the links and ads shown on this website (Learn More Here)

ModelRailroadForums.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com

RailroadBookstore.com - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section.

ModelRailroadBookstore.com - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.