Model trains are a popular hobby for many people, and there are a variety of brands available to choose from. Among the most popular brands in the United States are Athearn, Atlas, Arnold, Bachmann, Lionel, Walthers, MTH, LGB, Marklin, Atlas, and Piko. Each of these brands offers something unique and special for model train enthusiasts. Athearn is known for its HO and N scale models.
They are owned by Horizon Hobby and have maintained their original vision and approach to train and locomotive models. Lionel is the best brand for O scale and S scale locomotives. They offer high-quality models and are considered one of the high-end brands in railway models. LGB or Lehmann Gross Bahn (Lehmann Big Train) is a subsidiary of Marklin, both German brands that manufacture various toys, including model trains.
MTH is the best brand for DCS controls that give you better control of the movement of your train compared to DC controls. Kato is a reliable and trusted dealer for all your model train needs. Bachmann offers models for beginners as well as high-quality models such as those in the Spectrum line. They also introduced the E-Z application to control the train with DCC by phone via Bluetooth.
Marklin is known for its 1.38 mm (0.05 inches) model which is equivalent to 304.8 mm (1 foot) of the real train. Walthers manufactures and sells just about anything you could ever need or imagine for model trains. They have improved their models in terms of details and raw materials. Piko is a Japanese manufacturer that focuses mainly on N scale with unique models such as Japanese bullet trains and European high-speed engines.
When it comes to the most popular model train company, Bachmann stands out as one of the most diverse in terms of what it manufactures. It produces a range of locomotives, rolling stock and accessories available in the widest range of model railway scales you'll find anywhere in the world. Therefore, Bachmann is considered to be one of the most popular model train companies.