The National Toy Train Library houses hundreds of thousands of items constituting a unique collection of information on the history and characteristics of toy trains in the United States and elsewhere. A work in progress, this catalog already provides a rare insight into a significant part of our holdings.
The majority of the cataloged items are books and publications in the Library Catalog, which we recommend searching first. Click Library Catalog button at top right.
The catalog buttons above can help focus your search, by only searching with a selected catalog (most of our entries are in the Library catalog). If you only want to search for Photos, click the Photos button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase, etc. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.
The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Hanley Ranch will return records associated with Hanley OR Ranch). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Rocky Pine Ranch"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.
The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.
The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something catches your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.