Most of us in the hobby spend far more time buying model trains than selling, but it can be an important part of managing your collection. The question also comes up frequently from those who've found some old trains in the attic and want to get rid of them.
The first rule of selling model trains is just like anything else. You have to know what you have. And keep in mind that while there are some true collectors pieces that will fetch thousands of dollars at an auction, these are few and far between. Most model trains were made to be appreciated, not appreciate in value. They can be a fun hobby to have in your retirement, but they probably aren't going to fund it!
Condition is also critical when it comes to selling any train. No matter how rare it is, if it is missing parts, has chipped paint, doesn't run or is simply covered in dust, it is going to fetch a lower price than one that has never been out of the box.
If you do want to sell, you do at least have several options, from the local hobby shop to internet forums. For more tips on selling, and getting the most for your trains, check out this new guide. Who knows, maybe you'll get enough money to buy something great - like new trains!