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Yardbird Classic Trains

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 Yardbird Classic Trains is dedicated to keeping the heritage of model railroading alive by supplying parts for many early models, especially from the vintage years of our hobby. Our goal is to offer modelers new/oldstock parts, or the highest quality used parts available, at reasonable prices.

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We are uploading new items from our inventory into our ebay store on a regular basis, so you may want to check back often. If you need parts for vintage locos such as Varney, John English, Mantua, Penn Line, Bowser, etc., please contact us as we have many parts for these locos in stock.  We appreciate all of the emails and notes from our new and previous customers, and look forward to working with you even more in the future!  Thanks again, YBTrains staff

About Us:

Yardbird Classic Trains is a full-time business dedicated to keeping the rich heritage of model railroading alive by supplying parts for many models, especially from the vintage years of our hobby.  We began in 2001, and have established scores of contacts along the way.  We have parts for many of the cast vintage steam locomotives, as well as some of the older diesels.  Over the years of locomotive repair, and as an authorized Mantua service center, we have encountered many of the situations that arise with HO models.  We understand the frustration that can tag along with the problems, especially not finding suitable parts needed.

Some of the brands we supply parts for are Varney, John A. English, Penn Line, early Bowser, and Mantua/Tyco, among others.  Please check our store often to see what's available at any given time.  We constantly purchase from outside sources, so as we find it, we include it in our stock.

Most of the parts we carry are either new/oldstock or slightly used in excellent condition, so you can be assured your locomotives will be back to the original condition as when they were new.  If/when used parts are listed, they are completely cleaned, bead blasted when applicable, and thoroughly checked out to ensure they are free from defects and will function as they should.  The item description will indicate the condition of our parts so you always know what you are buying.

All of our parts come with a full guarantee, whether it is a screw or a motor.  Parts carry a full one year warranty, and motors have a 90 day warranty.  If you EVER have a question about a part you purchased from us, please contact us. Our mission statement is simple: If something doesn't work for you, it doesn't work for us.  Our aim is be part of the solution to your problem, not part of the problem.

Please note that we have helped many customers over the years who purchased various "used" parts for their locomotives, only to find that the items were much less than satisfactory to repair their problem.  While there are several areas of the locos where well-used items may be adequate, there are many areas, including the mechanism, rods, linkage, motors, electrical, trucks & wheels, gears, etc., where a used, worn part can hinder the operating condition.  There are some good used parts available, but please use caution, search the pictures and descriptions, and ask questions before purchasing any used item that may cause a problem in any area of the locomotive's performance.

By the way, many times sellers are not aware of these problems either, so it is really up to the buyer to be careful when making a purchase for “used” parts.


We welcome customer input!

Our customers are friends and fellow modelers with whom we have enjoyed working with for over 14 years now.  Please know that your requests, comments, and views are highly valued by us.  We will do our best to help you have an enjoyable experience with this wonderful hobby.  Should you have a need to contact us, your emails will be answered as promptly as possible.

If you would like to stay informed about the daily additions we are listing, you can click on the "Sign Up" button for our store newsletter at the bottom of this page.  You can also get excellent information and assistance by joining our Yardbird Trains Yahoo group.  We have about 375 members, who are avid modelers.  Our moderator, Henry Hultgren, has been in the hobby most of his life, and is a previous owner of a large hobby shop.  Just about every aspect of model railroading gets discussed through the daily dialect.  You're welcome to join by clicking on the "Yahoo! GROUP" button on our regular website ( solicitations or off-topic posts).

We look forward to working with YOU!