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Packing Your N Scale Trains For Safe Shipment

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Having previously received an improperly packaged order from a venue seller or another retailer, new buyers will often ask that their purchases be carefully packaged in order to prevent in transit damage and/or package wear.

Rather than provide a lengthy (and frankly quite boring) explanation of the entire packing process, a better approach was take some photos of what was entailed in packaging a few customer orders.


While they may be appropriate for certain detail and/or repair parts and sectional track shipments, lacking rigidity, poly bubble mailer envelopes do not afford the protection needed to ship plastic jewel-boxed N-Scale locomotives and rolling-stock.

Prior to packing, each model and its factory packaging must be carefully checked to verify condition and grading.

In order to prevent in transit damage to the model(s) and factory packaging, products that were not, or are not factory shrink-wrapped are rolled in a piece of tissue paper.

Orders for one to three cars are typically packed in a cardboard shipping box and secured with Biodegradable or Styrofoam packing peanuts.

Orders for four or more cars are typically wrapped in plastic bubble-pack material.

The plastic bubble-packed group of cars is now placed inside a cardboard box.

If any space remains between the plastic bubble-packed models and the sides of the cardboard shipping box, Biodegradable or Styrofoam packing peanuts are used to fill the voids.

Cardboard shipping boxes are typically completely sealed in plastic packing tape in order to minimize in transit impact damage and to provide a measure of water resistance.

The extra care that is taken in packaging greatly increases the odds that your shipment will survive any rough handling during transit.

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