Sell Your Trains
Selling Your Model Trains
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I had a small Z Scale collection and Doug @ Model Train Market made a fair offer including paying shipping. He was very courteous to deal with and I would recommend using them to anyone.
My father in law Bill Taub was the senior Photographer for NASA from its inception thru the end of the Apollo Space Program. His hobby was HO trains and having traveled all over the world he had amassed a rather large and unique collection.
After he passed it was time to sell the collection. Knowing that the thousands and thousands of engines, tenders, cars, original boxes and accessories would be worth quite a bit, we began researching the best way to sell. After many months of educating ourselves as to the approximate value and best way to sell the collection, it was our good fortune to find Doug at The Model Train Market.
We had considered selling the items ourselves but decided against that and then spoke with a number of folks that buy collections. As you can imagine the offers were all over the map and most quite low. We even had some local collectors come and go thru the everything, however their offer was much lower than the final figure from Doug.
Doug and his team were very easy to work with right from the start and helped us get a real handle on the value of what we had. They also understood the uniqueness of the collection and gave us an initial estimate of its potential value. After reading other reviews we were impressed with the way everything was handled thru Model Train Market and went with them. The contract was clear and concise and we received a check within a few days for half of the estimated value.
Doug arranged for shipping containers to be delivered to our home & we packed everything carefully in bubble wrap. We found that banker boxes worked the best and were easiest to handle. Then the containers were picked up and within a few days arrived at Doug’s. They kept in touch with us thru the whole process and after going thru everything came up with a final figure much higher than we expected.
If you are considering selling a few pieces or a whole collection we highly recommend Doug and The Model Train Market. They are consummate professionals, understanding, and caring, you won’t be disappointed.
Sincerely, Ron Specht & Myra Taub Specht
After hanging on to our late mother’s small railroad collection for several years, my siblings and I decided it was time to let someone else enjoy the pieces. I am grateful to have found Doug and Model Train Market online. From my very first email inquiry to the end of our transaction, Doug was great to work with. He followed through with what he committed to and made the shipping and selling process both easy and convenient. I would highly recommend Doug and Model Train Market!
When I began to research companies which purchase model train collections I spoke with several people and all were very friendly. However, when you have a need to expedite the transaction due to downsizing it results that count and that is why in the end I chose Model Train Market. Doug was very helpful and quickly completed the purchase of my collection. I highly recommend Doug and Model Train Market.
I would like to take a moment to share my experience with the team at Model Train Market, specifically Doug. When my father passed away, we knew he was a collector of trains. We had no idea that he had been collecting thousands upon thousands of them. When sorting out his estate, we had no idea where to turn. He was a railroader, and many of his friends had pointed us to folks who were willing to buy some, but not all; or folks who were giving us very, very low estimates. My husband happened across Model Train Market, and put everyone in touch. Doug went above and beyond to work long distance with us as we sorted through 6,000+ locomotives and freight cars, provided us a more than fair estimate, was patient with my family as we made decisions, and was a consummate professional every step of the way.
There are three things that really stood out to me about Doug and the team – First, Doug made personally sure that I provided him appropriate documentation that I was an Executor on the estate. I appreciated his diligence on that, and how seriously he took the matter (as opposed to many other folks who aggressively pushed us for cash offers on tight deadlines). Second, we did our homework. And the wholesale estimated value of the trains was exactly in line with what Doug offered. Third and finally, while Doug was at my father’s estate, he treated it with such care. He even made a point to talk with my stepdaughter. He is a true family man, an excellent business person, and the most knowledgeable person we have met on the subject. We are so lucky we found Model Train Market. Doug and the team provided my family with the best possible outcome of a very daunting, stressful, and emotional situation. Thank you Doug :)
Kathleen S. in New Jersey
After my father passed away, we had to decide what to do with his large N scale model train collection, which was comprised of over 500 engines, 1000 cars, 1000 track sections, as well as numerous model buildings and other accessories. After doing some web searches, I came across Doug’s company, Model Train Market. I sent Doug a fairly detailed description of the train collection, plus some photos. He immediately responded with a fair offer to purchase the collection. Over the next few weeks I had several phone conversations with Doug and he provided me with valuable packing suggestions. I shipped the train collection in 17 boxes to Doug. It was a lot of work, but well worth it. We not only received a fair price for the collection, but the satisfaction of knowing that dad’s model trains would be available to other train enthusiasts to enjoy in the coming years. During the entire process, Doug’s professionalism and helpfulness made the process go very smoothly. I know my father would have liked Doug. I highly recommend him if you have a train collection that you need to sell.Ken in Kansas
My husband left me with a very large N-Scale collection and cases of train memorabilia. After struggling for four years with what to do with all of these trains and knowing very little about trains or model trains, I was fortunate to make contact with Doug who responded immediately to my inquiry. He actually came to Maine to view the collection -something that was important to me as opposed to the blind offers others had proposed. He explained and helped me understand not only the values but I also learned quite a bit about how my husband had put this collection together. I felt that his offer was fair and well explained. He made the arrangements for all the shipping right out of my garage before he left.
Although parting with all these trains was a bit sad and another milestone in the end of a 43 years marriage, I felt good about the entire transaction .
Doug is a pleasure to deal with both personally as well as professionally and would highly recommend his company and services!
Nancy , Boothbay Harbor Maine
“When I offered by train collection for sale, I was contacted by five different dealers. It was an easy decision to choose Doug Soard at Model Train Market. He was by far the most professional and accommodating individual. I enjoyed dealing with him and his solid knowledge of the model railroad market. I got an informed offer and a very fair price, and Doug took extra steps to make the sale easy and convenient for me."
- Tom in Central PennsylvaniaApril, 2018
"Over the years, I have sold collections of everything from comic books to Boy Scout memorabilia... French wines to large format cameras to online buyers whom I never met. Why? Because they always pay significantly more than locals shops.
I recently inherited a 350 piece (~$10K retail value) n-scale model train collection which lead me to discover ModelTrainMarket.com (MTM), whom I found to be head and shoulders above the other model train buyers AND indeed the best online buyer I have dealt with period.
Overall, Doug at ModelTrainMarket.com, always did what he said he would do or what his website promised, on time and often days sooner than stated. I was able to relax through-out the entire process because the process and the people at MTM engender trust.
If you have model trains to sell, and are under any time crunch, save some effort and stress and just go straight to ModelTrainMarket.com."
- Richard H. Seattle, WA
"When my husband recently passed away, I was left to deal with his very large N-scale model train collection and accessories. Fortunately, before he passed, he had worked with Dan Glasure of brasstrains.com. Dan was extremely knowledgeable, honest and fair when my husband sold part of his collection to him. Doug Soard of Model Train Market took over Dan's business, and was equally helpful in purchasing the remainder of the collection. Doug made the process of identifying the items that I had to sell and transporting them very easy and seamless. He was fair with his offer and made me feel good to know my husband's collection would bring pleasure to another train collector. I highly recommend Doug if you have a train collection to sell."
- Thanks, Kim Z.
"After many years as model train enthusiasts with an "empire" in our basement that included a homemade 12' x 15' train table, we made the decision that it was time to downsize and sell our HO model train collection of almost 1,300 rolling stock and engines. We researched several options for selling, contacting both auctioneers and model train collectors and vendors. Through very good luck, one of the individuals we contacted, who was not interested in our collection, passed along our information to Doug Soard of Model Train Market. We worked directly with Doug through email and phone calls to ensure he could make an accurate evaluation of our collection. We found Doug to be highly ethical and trustworthy, and we were very pleased with the offer he made for our collection. The process of receiving the shipping crates and packing them to send to Model Train Market went very smoothly. Payment was made promptly as promised. For anyone trying to decide what to do with a train collection that you no longer need or want, we highly recommend that you contact Model Train Market for an evaluation of your collection."
- Peter and Linda J. / Collegeville, PA