There is a range of great train sets that you can buy this Christmas, depending on several factors. These include whether you are a child or an adult, and whether you are just becoming interested in train sets for the first time or have a long standing hobby.

If you are buying for young children, for example, there are many great train sets with a more fantasy emphasis. One of the most sought-after train sets to buy this year is the Toy Story 3 Train Set from Hornby, which is based on the very popular Disney Pixar film. This adventure-filled set involves Buzz and Woody riding on top of the train, and includes a western style locomotive, three carriages and a desert scene track mat that measures approximately 1150 mm x 820mm. Also included in this set is a controller and wall mounted transformer.

If your children enjoy Thomas the Tank Engine, meanwhile, it could be a great idea to choose a suitably themed train set such as the Hornby Thomas & Friends Passenger & Goods Train Set, which allows you to hook Thomas up to his coaches, Annie and Clarabel, or to a small goods load. This Thomas starter set includes a basic oval track in addition to a siding with buffer and a controller and mains transformer. Alternatively, you may be in the mood for something altogether different, such as the Codename: Strike Force Train Set, which is an all-action, military themed train set including a camouflaged train that is carrying badly needed supplies to the troops.

There are also plenty of train sets that are perfect for adults. These include Hornby’s Flying Scotsman train set, which features the world’s most famous locomotive and train and is a great example of high range Flying Scotsman memorabilia. Finished in its distinctive LNER apple green livery, the Class A1 Flying Scotsman evokes the golden days of train travel in the 1930s. The Hornby TrakMat is also included in this set which easily accommodates the large oval of track and two sidings.

Also available for adult enthusiasts this Christmas is the London 2012 Olympics Train Set, which features a Hitachi Class 395 model that is decorated with the Olympic and Paralympic sports pictograms. Also included is a specially prepared TrakMat that features some of the venues of the forthcoming London 2012 games. Both of the power cars have lights that operate in the direction of travel, while a numbered limited edition certificate is also provided.

Fans of the train, and other travellers alike, can take advantage of a great piece of British heritage. In the time being though, fans can find a range of Flying Scotsman memorabilia and miniature models.