The Antique Toy Train Collector

a blog about old toys and trains from a collector in Canada

Where to Buy Vintage Trains


If you have decided to start collecting antique model trains, you are going to need to know where to find them.  I have found mine through garage sales, antique stores, hobby shops & train stores, train shows, online auctions and the internet in general.

Below you will find some helpful tips and links to assist you in finding your own treasures:

Model Train Vendors

I have made most of my purchases of vintage model trains through stores specific to vintage trains and toys.  The advantage of dealing with these vendors is they typically have experience with the product they sell and they have better access to trains then the average person would.  I have provided links to my favorites below:

North American – Specializing in Vintage Model Trains


US based seller of vintage toys and model trains.  Paul Hesser is the proprietor and he has been very helpful in assisting me with questions regarding prewar trains.  He typically has a nice selection of trains on his site and often offers pieces on eBay with no reserve.
Their eBay Store page here

Tobias Toys & Trains

Tobias Toys & Trains is the Brainchild of Mark Tobias, the proprietor. This website is a way Mark can bring his inventory to a wider audience, and have control of the information discussed. Through this site, you can view and buy from the inventory, offer items to him for sale, read articles on collectibles Mark has authored, or contact Mark to discuss topics you have need of expertise in.

Train Collectors Warehouse

US based seller of Lionel/American Flyer/ Dorfan/ Ives and others.  Ed and Doug Prendeville operate the store.  They have been in the train collecting business for more than 25 years.  Special thanks to Ed and Doug for answering so many questions for me!
Their eBay Store page here – US-based seller of vintage model trains

Willowriverantiques – Specializing in prewar O and Standard gauge rolling stock.
Willow River Antiques is owned and operated by Dave Bashline and Donald Lewis. Both of whom are long time collectors. Donald is President of the IVES Train Society and Dave is a third generation collector and a board member of the IVES Train Society .
They are very knowledgeable on all prewar production with over 60 years combined experience!

Their eBay Store page here


North America – Specializing in European OO Gauge Model Trains – Hornby, Hornby-Dublo, Triang, Wrenn

HornbyDublo Emporium  – Collector/Dealer based in Brampton Ontario

Tri-ang – Dealer of Tri-ang & Hornby in Canada

British Trains  – Dealer of British model trains based in Burlington, Ontario


North American – Specializing in Modern Model Trains

Caboose Hobbies

Burlings Ton of Trains


Big Boyz Trainz – Canadian seller of G scale model trains

Max Trains – Seller of model trains based in Montreal

Brasseur Electric Trains

The Train Station – Model train store in New Jersey

Franks Train Shop – Lionel dealer in Kansas

Train Market

Sunbirdtrainmart – Online seller of model trains

Model Railway Imports – Canadian seller offering European model trains

Hennings Trains  – Model train store in PA.  Has some vintage stock and an eBay presence


Live Steam – Locomotives powered by Gas or Coal

Steam Engines For Sale – Selling live steam engines and model trains

Southern Steam Trains – US builder and seller of Gauge 1 live-steam locomotives


Model train parts & Accessories

Mikes Trains & Hobbies  – US Supplier of model train parts

Southwest Narrow Gauge   – US Supplier of On3 track

Gargraves – US manufacturer of model train track

San Juan Car Company – US manufacturer of On3 track and cars

Toy Train Mall – Lionel & American Flyer Parts, Catalogues & Trains


North American – Model Train Restorations

Train Enamel – US based seller of matched colors for old toy trains


Overseas – Specializing in Vintage Model Trains

The Station Masters Rooms  – UK-based online seller of O gauge and Gauge 1 model trains
Their eBay Store page here

Spielzeugraritäten Uwe Walter – German based seller of early German trains and toys  – UK-based online seller of vintage European model trains


Metropolis Vintage Toys – UK-based seller of vintage toys and trains

La Boutique du Train – France-based seller of vintage model trains

Famous Toys – Netherlands-based seller of vintage toys and trains – specializing in Meccano

Binetruy – French based seller of vintage toys and trains

The Old Toy Shop – UK-based purveyor of vintage toys

Galeria Navarro  – Seller of antique toys

Raylo – UK-based seller of model and vintage model trains


Overseas – Specializing in Modern Model Trains

Tennants Trains – UK-based seller of model trains

Muchadoabouttoys – Online seller of model trains and toys

Steamline – Locomotives and rolling stock in O gauge

Ehattons – UK-based online seller of trains and toys

Maddog Trains – German based seller of model trains – UK-based seller of model trains and toys


Overseas – Specializing in Kits and Kitbuilding

Just Like the Real Thing – UK-based kitbuilders

GWR Modelling – UK-Based scratchbuilder

Wagon & Carriage Works – UK-based seller of model trains

David Andrews Locomotive Kits – Designer and marketer of 7mm O gauge kits

Rushford Barn Models – UK-based seller of Gauge 1 locomotives

Peter Rogers Models – Museum quality Gauge 1 Carriages


Overseas – Model Train Restorations

Ritter Restorations – German based restoration of vintage trains and toys

Smart Restorations – UK-based Hornby-Dublo sales and restorations


Overseas – Specializing in OO Gauge Model Trains – Hornby, Hornby-Dublo, Triang, Wrenn, Trix

Triang Trains – UK-based seller of Hornby Dublo & Triang OO gauge model trains

Wrenn Specialist & Collector – UK-seller of Wrenn OO Gauge model trains and some Hornby Dublo

Connoisseur Wrenn – UK-based seller of OO gauge locomotives

Tri-ang Man – UK-based seller of OO gauge model trains

Vintage Model Trains – UK-based seller of Hornby, Hornby-Dublo and Triang

Coopertrains  – UK-based seller of Hornby-Dublo & Wrenn model trains

Cambridge Train Shop – UK-based seller of British & American OO, HO and N gauge model trains

Trix UK – Collectors club offering some vintage items for sale

Premier Train Sales – UK-based seller of Hornby Dublo & others

Hornby Dublo Spares – Wide selection of Hornby Dublo spares and parts

Chuffers – Specialists in new and used Hornby OO model trains

The Dublo Surgeon – Dublo spares and parts

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