A toy train is a miniature reproduction of a train or element of a train ( locomotive , towed equipment …) as a toy . This toy train is intended to circulate on a miniature railway and to reproduce the principle of operation of real trains during a game session: trips from one station to another, maneuvers, exchanges of cars. Its propulsion is generally ensured by a unique system: electricity , steam (” carpet railways ” of the Victorian era ), mechanical system, by hand …
In railway model making , the term “toy train” refers to a crude reproduction of a train, which does not reproduce or very little of a real prototype . The game is not excluded, however, from model railroading, especially when operating a miniature network according to time constraints.
Fans of French toy trains are gathered in the European Ferrovipile Circle (EFC) 1 .
- ↑ ” European ferroviphile circle (1982) – Organization – Resources of the National Library of France ” [ archive ] , on data.bnf.fr (accessed June 3, 2016 )