Valentine’s Day gift ideas for model railways enthusiasts

Valentines Day ideas for model railwaysGet the model train enthusiast in your life a unique gift for Valentine’s Day.

With Valentines Day just around the corner, many of us are looking for gifts for the special someone in our lives. And if that person is a railway modeller there are a few lovely little presents you can get then that will surprise and delight. Alternatively, if you’re a modeller and want to create a romantic scenes, these sets are all you need.

Little lovers

These delightful little people can be dotted around a model railway to make mini romantic scene and recreate a valentine’s day in small scale.

They’re available for N scale (really small trains) or the larger and the more common HO/OO scale lovers, as used by Hornby.

Each pack contains three sets of figures in various poses.

Romantic balloon ride

Of all the romantic trips, a balloon ride is one for forget; so while not create a balloon ride for two in OO? This is the most involved of all the ideas here but arguably the most eye catching. First up, you’ll need a hot air balloon; Faller sell these in kits for assembly, with a hotair balloon in HO/OOO gauge available from Amazon or model shops. Once assembled, take one of the standing up couples from the figure set above can be placed in the basket to give it that perfect valentines day vibe.

Popping the question in miniature

OO gauge miniature man proposing to woman

Pop the question in miniature; this delightful set is ideal for a romantic setting on an OO gauge layout.

Valentines Day is, of course, one of the classic times to pop the question and ask for your partners hand in marriage. So why not do it in miniature with a tiny ‘will you marry me scene’. The figures from Noch’s Love Story set are just perfect for this, featuring a man holding on one knee holding a rose for the woman standing next to him. 

Of course, if you’re already married, you could recapture that special day with the other figures from this set – a man carrying his bride. 

Adding romance

Finally, if you do use one of the above figures to create a romantic scene on you railway, it can be made even more romantic by adding a few trees with pink and white blossom, such as these trees in N and OO sizes, to can add a perfect spring time new love feel. They’d look great with the proposal couple above.

If you do make a Valentines scene for your model railway or give one of these figures to your partner, I’d love to see photos of it on your model railway. Drop me a line via the contact page or on Facebook.


Founder of ModelRailwayEngineer, Andy Leaning

Andy is a lifelong modeler, writer, and founder of He has been building model railways, dioramas, and miniatures for over 20 years. His passion for model making and railways began when he was a child, building his first layout at the age of seven.
Andy’s particular passion is making scenery and structures in 4mm scale, which he sells commercially. He is particularly interested in modelling the railways of South West England during the late Victorian/early Edwardian era, although he also enjoys making sci-fi and fantasy figures and dioramas. His website has won several awards, and he is a member of MERG (Model Railway Electronics Group) and the 009 Society.
When not making models, Andy lives in Surrey with his wife and teenage son. Other interests include history, science fiction, photography, and programming. Read more about Andy.

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