We Buy Trains!

Lionel, American Flyer, MTH, Ives, LGB, Aristocraft, and all other manufactures.

Looking for someone to buy your trains? We are always looking for great trains for our large base of customers and would appreciate the opportunity to provide you with a quote to purchase yours. Our process typically begins with receiving an inventory list from you. We specialize in O, G, Standard and S gauge trains from all eras, but will consider others, especially when you have a diverse variety of items. For modern era trains in boxes all we typically need is the manufacturer and model number and the overall condition of your collection. For older trains we also need the condition and whether or not you have the original box. For less expensive trains, like HO all we need is a count of freight cars, passenger cars, and an itemized list of your locomotives. If you have Microsoft Excel, we have provided an inventory form to help you with this, click here to download it. When finished, please contact us. Using this form will produce the fastest response.

We are of course happy to receive your inventory list, handwritten or typed, any way that is easiest for you. You may contact us, fax us (413-280-1546), US mail at 2740 Faith Industrial Dr. Suite 200, Buford, GA 30518, or phone (866-285-5840). If you have any questions or need clarifications on anything, please do not hesitate to call.

We buy it All! Postwar, Prewar, Standard Gauge, MPC, LTI, Parts, AF, MTH, G Scale, HO, and N! We are always on the lookout for collections or parts of collections to add to our rapidly growing and changing inventory.  If you’re interested in selling your collection quickly, conveniently, and at a fair price, here is a brief explanation of our policies and pricing guidelines, and why Trainsite, LLC is a great place to sell your collection. We buy personal train collections, service station parts inventories, and complete retail train store inventories.

Our reputation and experience.  Scott and Milinda Griggs, owners of Trainsite, LLC, have been buying and selling model trains since the mid 1970's. We have owned three model train stores, attended hundreds of train shows, run full page ads in model train magazines and have bought and sold millions of dollars of model trains. We really know trains and the train market. We are honest, dependable, professional, are easy to deal with, and will keep our transaction with you confidential. We will be happy to supply references upon request. To get an idea of where we have been buying, here is a look at the places we have purchased trains recently.

"All collections have great stories. We want to leave your memories intact".  Whether it’s for personal or financial reasons, selling a collection can sometimes be a difficult and emotional experience.  We do our best to make it easy on you. We want you to know your trains will be well taken care of as we find new homes for all of them. We respond quickly, we will make you a top offer, which you will find if you offer your trains to multiple buyers, and we buy it all, no matter what you also include - die cast cars, figures, scenery, G scale, HO, N, Z, toys, parts, junk, track, etc. We pay by cashiers check or cash, whatever you wish. We pay you 100% up front and will ask for no owner financing. We are very flexible and are willing to look at payment however you wish, let us know if you have special circumstances.

What are my real options in selling my trains? There are several alternatives to selling your train collection, and which one you choose really boils down to how important each of these three three factors are to you:

1. Getting the highest price.
2. The amount of work you are willing to do.
3. How quickly you want to get the money.
To read more about your options and the pros and cons of each of the above, click here.

Fair prices.  When we make an offer for your collection, we will calculate the current retail value of your collection, based primarily on our knowledge and experience in the current market. We do not generally use a price guide book, as we have found that most MPC, LTI, and MTH items will not bring "book" prices. We also know that many nice prewar and postwar items will bring prices higher than what is listed in a price guide. Unfortunately, for most modern era trains from every manufacturer, they are like buying a new car, they depreciate as soon as your drive them off the lot. Then as newer models come out with more electronics and more features, and at a lower price, that further weakens the demand and correspondingly the price for the models that came out only a couple years earlier. Then when you are selling a collection, you are selling it wholesale, since the dealer reselling it incurs all the costs of carrying the inventory, advertising it, traveling to train shows, printing lists, cleaning and repairing, paying auction fees, credit card fees, packing it for shipment, etc. I mention all this, just so you know that if you are thinking you can sell your collection of modern era trains that have a book price of $10,000 and get 75% of that in a single sale, you will no doubt be disappointed. On the other hand if you have a collection of like new and mint/boxed postwar and prewar items you can expect that much or even more!

I want more money and I'll do the work!  Well then you should check out our sister website www.trainz.com/marketplace designed for people that want to maximize their return, over a period of time and are willing to do all the work of selling the collection one piece at a time. With trainz.com you can quickly list all of your items for sale utilizing our database of over 11,000 items and our picture library of over 4,000 pictures. You simply register, search our reference database to find your item, enter the price, condition, and any notes and you are all set! Thousands of potential buyers have been hitting the site every week and are burying trains and making offers. With trainz.com there are no fees to list your items, and you only pay a small sales fee (5%) when they sell.

How do we work? We like to start the process with you sending us your list and price. It is preferred to contact us through our support portal, but mail and fax (413-280-1546) are fine as well. We will normally be in touch with you within the same or next business day.  When making a list, please include the condition and whether you have the original box for each item, so that we can make an accurate offer. If you do not have a list, we can either travel to your location, or in some instances we may have a friend in your area we can call on. These have to be worked out on a case-by-case basis depending on how far you are from Atlanta, the size of your collection, if we will be coming near your area in the future, etc. Contact us and we will work with you to come up with a plan.

When we make a deal, we make it easy and come to you.  Depending on the size of your collection, we will travel just about anywhere to pick up a collection, it really depends on the size of your collection and whatever other collections we might have to pickup in that general direction at the time.  When we arrive, we will take an inventory, and then proceed to handle all of the packing and loading.

Shipping your trains to us. For smaller collections, we will pay for your shipping expenses to get your trains to us after we agree on the price based on your list and condition. Here you will need to pack them up and then email us with the address that you would like them picked up from, during the daytime, and the dimensions and weight of each box. Then UPS will come out and pick them up. There is no cost to you and you don't have to take all the boxes to a shipper, stand in line, and pay for them. When we receive your trains, we will unpack them, inventory them and assuming everything checks out against the list and assuming your grading is close, not perfect, we will promptly send you a check. If there are any problems and we cannot agree on a revised price, you will need to send us a check or money order to cover the cost of shipping them back to you.

Need an appraisal? We can provide an appraisal if you send us an inventory list of your items which includes the condition of the items and the original boxes, if you have them. We will them review your list and provide you with a quote to create the appraisal. If you decide to sell your trains to us after you pay for an appraisal, we will refund the price of the appraisal to you. If you do not have an inventory we may be able to come to your location and do an inventory and an appraisal. We will need to work this out with you on a case by case basis, and the pricing will depend upon travel expenses, our availability, and the quantity of items in your collection.

Know someone wanting to sell?  We pay finders fees!  We will pay a 2% finders fee (based upon our purchase price of the collection) to individuals who help up locate a collection for sale, if we do not already know of it.

Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!

Scott, Milinda, Tommy and the Trainsite team.