How will you know YourToyTrains has this freight car in our Atlas HO Inventory?

How do you know we have the Atlas HO Trainman 70 Ton Hopper Car Central of Georgia in our Atlas HO inventory? We will have it on our Atlas HO Freight Cars Page (And soon HO/ HO Freight Car/ HO Hopper Car Page in our easier new site plan) Website! I came from a major corporation where in my career I was an inventory manager for a number of years. I believed my new YourToyTrains catalog should have every product on it we could possible sell, even if we were temporarily out of stock. It did not hit me if the customer ordered the item and there was no inventory, that would be annoying. In order to have the least overhead and the least expenses (to pass the savings to our customers!) we cannot have a “real time” inventory/ order processing system. However, we can, and we will, take every product on our website that has no inventory off our website, and add the item back in only when the item is received at our warehouse.


How do you know this Atlas HO Central of Georgia HO hopper car is actually available for purchase? It will be on our Website!

We value our customers and will not compromise on service. To the customer we inconvenienced (and helped us see we had a problem that needed fixing!) we offered that gentleman a $50.00 credit on any item on We will have the most customer-friendly Website among the online train hobby shops. We will not rest until we become the most customer friendly. Just watch us!

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They said it couldn’t be done: Bachmann Trains is all loaded into!

They said it couldn’t be done. Er, maybe that was me who said it couldn’t be done when our team started loading all the Bachmann product into our website If you are model railroad hobbyist, you are well aware Bachmann has a tremendous amount of inventory. We are proud of our huge selection of Bachmann Trains that can meet virtually all your needs in building your dream model railroad. If you model with Bachmann in any gauge, please take a look at our site and see all the wonderful choices of products we have. Don’t forget Bachmann has a wide selection of Thomas The Tank Engine products as well.


Bachmann HO USRA 2-10-2 Steam Locomotive in Southern Railway livery. A very beautiful engine if you model the early 20th Century Down South. $139.95.


Bachmann HO Commander Diesel Freight Set- Santa Fe- 2 locomotives can be operated at once. How cool is that? $309.95.

In our last push to completely load Bachmann, two of the last-to-be-loaded products are featured on our Blog Site just to give you a little taste.

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We are grateful for our wide range of Bachmann Freight Cars, And To Be Blessed With Life, Period

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Mr. Clyde Smith on an adventure in Alabama at historic Stevenson where CSX and Norfolk Southern share main routes. Mr. Smith has travelled over most of North America and parts of Europe to find trains. He just can’t get enough!

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Half a Continent away, Mr. Clyde Smith of is admiring the beauty of the Union Station in El Paso, Texas. Just where will he turn up next? He loves this stuff!

We at YourToyTrains are very proud of the work we are doing to build our new website. Living the American Dream, hours of planning and labor are being rewarded with a soon to debut all new website. We are grateful we could build our business in a country where freedom and free enterprise allow an ordinary guy like our President, Clyde Smith, to build a business. While literally hundreds if not thousands of man-hours have been involved, the wide range of product we sell, including a fantastic assortment of Bachmann Freight Cars, makes all our time worth it. We have already been focusing on serving customers, which we feel is the best way to support making money. We have sent our staff to area hobby shops to buy an item on backorder for a customer who desperately needed it in Michigan, and for another customer in Florida we rushed an item to him for a Halloween display for his grandkids. We love serving customers!

It is because our President, Clyde Smith, has had a love affair with trains going all the way back about 50 years, that drives our passion. As we have added the many items we have to our growing website, we see Mr. Smith’s face light up with his memories about each road name and each piece of equipment we load. In the two pictures displayed here we see our fearless leader at the historic depot in Stevenson, Alabama, where CSX and Norfolk Southern main lines share trackage on a rail line vital in the Civil War. Half way across the country we see him at the restored Union Station in El Paso, Texas, admiring the fine job bringing this wonderful building back to life. Are we passionate at YourToyTrains? Look at the pictures. They tell our story.

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New Website Enhancement will make comparing Bachmann HO Train Sets Easier to Compare On Different Websites


The top of the line Bachmann HO Overland Limited Freight Train Set. Look at the bottom of the product page for the Catalog Number of this product in bold blue type. $289.99. Catalog Number BAC614.

YourToyTrains has announced another way to make our online model railroad hobby shop just a little bit easier to shop on. We all know railroading- and model railroading- is a game of numbers. Locomotives are numbered. Freight cars and passenger cars are numbered. Every item of value needs to be numbered for tracking and good order. Our web site can be no different. Effective October 15, 2014, when loading product YourToyTrains staff will be adding, in bold blue type on the bottom of each product page, the catalog number for each product we sell. For example, the Bachmann HO Overland Limited Freight Train Set now has the item number, BAC614, right on the product page. If you are shopping for a Bachmann HO Train Set, you will be able to compare the product on YourToyTrains against any other online model train marketer by simply comparing the Catalog Number. This number will also make it much easier to reference the product at the Manufacturer’s Website, and also a convenient point of reference when speaking to YourToyTrains highly competent order team. It is a simple and easy step, but I am sure you the shopper will easily appreciate this new enhancement. Enjoy your shopping!

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Model railroad trains: Think safety at all Times

At we are proud of our name, which is easy to remember and is “catchy”, and we proudly sell a large selection of model railroad trains for the little boys and girls that continue to fall in love with this wonderful hobby. A quick look at our Bachmann and Lionel sites- where Thomas, Chuggington, and Polar Express are everywhere to be seen, and you will  know we love kids! However, our model train store was always to be about “toys” for grownups as well…and we have a huge selection for those men and women who may be “grownup” but still love this wonderful hobby.


The Lionel Pacific Type 4-6-2 Steam Locomotive. New York Central. $379.99. A fine “toy” if you are a teenager or above…not so much for little railroaders.


Lionel Thomas Diesel Remote Control Set. #189.95. A train designed for your little railroader. Designed for safe play. But only after your little boy or girl are 8 or older. Use common sense!

In loading our product into our site we have seen many manufacturer’s warnings like “For Years 8 And Up” or “Choking Hazard”. As a reminder, if you have a model layout and you have transformers and other electrical equipment, small items like figures or telephone poles and such, or any other item that if it fell into the wrong little hands could be a hazard, secure your model train layout! If you have given your child one of our wonderful products such as the Lionel Thomas Diesel Remote Control Set- great! Let the little ones have their fun. But model railroad products such as the Lionel Pacific 4-6-2 Steam Locomotive are “toys” for adults. So as a friendly reminder, always play it safe when playing with your model trains. Use good judgment and common sense. And enjoy your model railroad!

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For your model train lay-out, a new rail yard is coming to Texas!

Posted on October 13, 2014 · Posted in Discovering America, Railroad Events, Travel Ideas/Tips, Woodland Scenics
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Union Pacific Railroad’s Hearne Yard in Hearne, Texas, the “Crossroads of Texas”. With the downtown area on one side of the yard and neighborhoods on the other, expansion was not possible at this site.

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With major highways and rail lines converging on Hearne, Texas, the city proudly bills itself “The Crossroads of Texas”.

When I see the growth of the railroad industry, I am really astounded. Coupled with the growth of the Lone Star State and the result is Union Pacific Railroad will be expanding their presence in Texas with a new freight yard to be built in Robertson County, Texas. At first glance rural Robertson County seems like an obscure place to build a railroad yard, but that is not so! As Union Pacific said in their press release, five major routes diverging to all parts of Texas and the Union Pacific system converge at Hearne, which bills itself as the “Crossroads of Texas” (See photograph). Currently Union Pacific Railroad has a freight yard, Hearne Yard (Formerly Cotton Belt), that is immediately adjacent to downtown Hearne. I am assuming with rail traffic in Texas growing and with the Hearne location  boxed in by the city and houses a rural location was necessary to provide the expansion required for a growing Texas. So if you want a new rail yard for your model train lay-out take a trip to Hearne, at the “Crossroads of Texas” not far from Bryan/College Station. Oh, the City of Hearne is also the cross roads of busy highways US 79, US 190, and Texas 6. Truly the “Cross Roads” (and tracks!) of Texas!

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How do you shop for an N Scale Locomotive?

Just how do you shop for an N Scale Locomotive? Retailing has been around a long time. I think retailers like WalMart and Home Depot may have figured out a formula for this retail thing. I launched YourToyTrains Website with my logical mind….but I should have looked to retailing as an example to follow! On YourToyTrains you can look for an Atlas N Scale Locomotive at the Atlas N Site, and the Bachmann N Scale Locomotive at the Bachmann N Site. This arrangement will never do! YourToyTrains is right now redesigning our site- completely- so we look like the retail store we are!


Atlas N Scale GE Dash 8 40 CW With DCC. Conrail Big Blue. $149.95.


The Bachmann N Scale GE Dash 8 40 CW Locomotive, in CSX’s early color scheme. $99.95 but with less features than the Atlas model. Shopping is best when you can compare!

For example, if you were shopping for an N Scale trains product, say a General Electric Dash 8 Locomotive. When restructured, you will be able to see the Atlas N version, the GE Dash 8 pictured on this page, or the comparison Bachmann version, also pictured. Instant comparison! The “Locomotive” site will not only be divided by scale, but by “Diesel”, “Steam”, “Electric”, and “Switchers” as well. We are very anxious for our brand new look. Coming soon to a computer near you!

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One thing the traveler can do in Chicago is think of buying Bachmann N Locomotives…But We Have a Travel Hint As Well!

Posted on October 7, 2014 · Posted in Bachmann trains, Discovering America, YourToyTrain Products
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This aspiring architect knows the story of all the major buildings in The Loop. What better way to explore Chicago’s amazing architectural heritage!

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A view down the Chicago River from the Architectural Tour at the Willis (Sears) Tower.

We at YourToyTrains would like you to think about your next purchase on our website 24/7. We are sort of greedy that way. However, besides getting you to think about Bachmann N Locomotives we have a travel tip for you. If you are taking an Amtrak trip either where you are changing trains or originating a train trip in Chicago- most of Amtrak’s Transcontinental trains originate in the Windy City- we suggest either adding a day to spend in Chicago to your itinerary, or if you are changing trains allow an extra day to your trip and at least a one night stopover in Chicago. While the historic sites, shopping, museums, restaurants, shows, and unique neighborhoods are nearly endless, we strongly recommend the Architectural Tour which is a boat tour on the Chicago River. The guides on these boat trips are local folks who are training to be architects. Their insights into Chicago’s world-renowned collection of amazing architecture offers a wonderful perspective on this great city. Enjoy your trip!

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YourToyTrains-Model Trains web site- will offer superior customer service


Bachmann O Blue Goose J Class 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive. Santa Fe. $329.95. Browse our wide selection of Bachmann O Locomotives.


Bachmann O EMD GP9 Diesel Locomotive. Burlington. $189.95 in our catalog.

YourToyTrains is the new kid on the block in the model train online retailing business. It looks like we have some pretty good competition, including companies with years and years of experience in the model train business. Well, YourToyTrains is new to the model train business, but our staff is highly motivated, hungry for sales, with an absolute love of trains, and a commitment to never compromise on customer service. As an example, we had an order that did not flow through our system due to a technical error, that was quickly resolved. However, we commit orders will be filled within 24 hours of order placement. We immediately contacted the customer and offered him a credit to purchase an item of similar value to the one we did not ship. He accepted our offer, and was so surprised at our absolute commitment to customer service he cancelled the order he placed with another online model trains marketer, and placed the order with He also purchased a new item, again from We now have another dedicated customer. His days of searching the web for model trains has ended. He has found his store!


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YourToyTrains President takes a Trip to Kansas but is glad to be home loading N Scale Locomotives.

Posted on October 2, 2014 · Posted in Bachmann trains

I just came back from 2 weeks in Kansas. My camera did malfunction the last day of the trip, and until I receive my new camera I ordered online (to support my brother and sister internet marketers) I don’t have any pictures. All I want to say at this time is that for me Kansas was just a wonderful place to spend a vacation. You are probably doing a double take now. Kansas? He went to Kansas?

Sometimes beauty in nature is subtle. Of course I love the Rocky Mountains, and I have been to Europe many times. The beauty of Kansas is a little more sublime. However, when I drove through the Flint Hills- the major part of the tiny bit of tall grass prairie that survived the prairie’s conversion to farmland- in the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve- run by the National Park Service in its usual first class way- and walking on a trail where all you could see was prairie as it existed in the early 1800s and thousands of years before, I was in awe of the pioneers who walked across the Great Plains. The best comparison I could make would be like walking across the ocean- but with grass replacing water. The immensity of the prairie, with few land forms, relatively speaking, that stand out I believe would have been a trying experience for the intrepid Americans who walked the Oregon or California Trail from the 1840s to the 1860s.

I will be telling many stories about my wonderful trip to Kansas, which I will do over time. For, virtually all our N Scale Locomotives have been loaded into our site. Working with an internal design team (with our small staff a bit of an exaggeration!) and outside web design firms a new structure for our store is in the works and will be launching in the next few weeks. At that time, the shopping experience at our online hobby shop will be enhanced in a major way. We are very excited!

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