John Bull Trains
ABOUT OUR TOY TRAIN STORE
John Bull Trains is a family-owned toy train store featuring both new and pre-owned model trains and railroad accessories. We are an authorized Lionel dealer and specialize in the sales and support of Lionel's Layout Control System (LCS) and related components. We also offer our exclusive line of easy and affordable model train scenery: Scenery Sheets.
NEW & PRE-OWNED TRAINS
You'll always find something different at John Bull Trains. We maintain a wide selection of trains in O scale, S scale, HO scale, N scale and Z scale, from a variety of manufacturers such Lionel, MTH, Williams, Atlas, Bachmann, Kato, LGB, Marklin and most others.
EASY AND AFFORDABLE MODEL RAILROAD SCENERY
Model railroad scenery can be difficult, expensive and time consuming. We make it easy affordable and fun. Scenery Sheets by John Bull Trains provides a complete line of photorealistic building and landscape materials professionally printed on heavy stock paper. They work great for backgrounds, bases and full structures.
Paper models can be just as realistic as plastic models and cost only a fraction of the price. Paper-based scenery is also easier to cut and can be assembled using simple white glues and glue sticks rather than harsh chemical adhesives.
WE BUY TRAINS
We purchase train collections of all scales and brands. We may not be able to offer you top dollar but we find your trains a good home. If you’re interested in selling your trains, would like an exact quote or have questions please contact us using the information below.
John Bull Trains | Scenery Sheets
230 N Maple Ave. Ste. B1 #345
Marlton, NJ 08053
ABOUT THE JOHN BULL
John Bull Trains takes its name from the famous John Bull locomotive, one of the earliest locomotives run in America, entering service in 1831. Built by the Robert Louis Stevenson company, the John Bull is also the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world (last run by the Smithsonian in 1981). The locomotive served the Camden & Amboy Railroad, the first railroad in New Jersey for over 30 years.
The Camden & Amboy and the John Bull passed directly through our store’s location of Riverside, NJ. (A mural featuring the locomotive can be viewed in the town’s post office.) The rail lines running through Riverside were eventually owned by the Pennsylvania railroad which acquired the C&A’s assets and operating the John Bull for several exhibitions. In 1884 the John Bull was purchased by the Smithsonian as its first major industrial exhibit.
Today, the John Bull is still on display at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History. A replica of the locomotive can also be viewed at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. The former route of the C&A is the backbone of NJ Transit’s Riverline and is also used by Conrail, a shared asset of CSX and Norfolk Southern. Trains and railroads remain an important part of Riverside’s past and present, so the town a fitting home for John Bull Trains.