How to Pack Trains for Shipping
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Start with a strong, real (not makeshift) box
Cut a cardboard wrap for each piece, like Gilbert.
Line each wrap with white plain cotton cloth, paper, or paper towel. Avoid wrapping trains directly in bubble wrap - some BW has chemicals that pock mark paint and/or plastic.
Make sure the wrap extends beyond ends.
Beyond both ends.
Do each piece. Tenders too.
Start the wrap under the wheels to help stabilize them.
Tape the wrap shut.
Roll the wrap up in 3/16" dimple bubble wrap.
If the engine contains electronics use anti-static 3/16" dimple bubble wrap.
Stuff the ends a bit too if there's room enough.
Make sure the bubble wraps goes around three times and there's 4-5" extra on both ends to tuck in and tape closed.
Here's the cocoon you want to make for each piece. With padding all around and a bull-nose of bubble wrap on both ends.
Put 2-3" of mixed packing peanuts in the bottom of your box. Do not use tissue paper, newspaper, etc. They start off OK, but compress or compact allowing items to get loose inside the box.
Carefully position your items in your box with space on all sides.
Cover the items with mixed peanuts, shake, close the lid, shake more. Items inside should not move around. If so, repeat. Then tape shut.
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