Safety Tips for Model Trains

September 5, 2017

For model train enthusiasts, creating a train display is both exciting and challenging. Detailed train displays take great skill to design and set up. Besides organizing your scene and carefully plotting each section, it’s also important to remember key safety tips for model train usage. EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester, OH, lists some important tips for running your trains securely.

How to Use Model Trains Safely

Unattended Displays

When displays are running, never leave them unattended. Trains should be supervised when transformers and circuits are engaged, and train cars are in motion.

Children & Pets

Make sure your train display is at a safe height where children can enjoy the excitement without getting into the smaller parts and any transformers that make it go. For pet owners, check that your furry friends aren’t able to access pieces that can be damaged or hurt them.


train displaySteer clear of metal near the train tracks. Metal pieces on your display can cause a short circuit to your system. During the holidays, beware of metallic decorations like tinsel that can fall onto holiday train displays.

Part Inspection

Before turning on any pieces, check that wires and plugs are not frayed, worn, or corroded. Make sure any circuit breakers are working and check that there is no rust on metal components or rough areas on the tracks.


Keep gears and axles lubricated. Check all trains in your set and make sure no pieces are dried out. Always oil the center rail contact roller, especially on O gauge train display sets.


To prevent fires, use a fire-retardant material like fireproof vinyl underneath all tracks. If any sparks occur, the material will catch them and prevent ignition.

Residents in West Chester and across Greater Cincinnati enjoy the trains and railroad museum at EnterTRAINment Junction. Since 2007, the entertainment hub has offered visitors of all ages exciting and educational train displays and other family-friendly attractions. Call (513) 898-8000 to learn more about upcoming special events or book your own private party. Visit them online for tickets and more information on their thrilling exhibits.