MTH Tinplate Trains are very popular among train collectors as well as train enthusiasts. Many train lovers collect Tinplate Trains because of there detail and beautiful paint schemes. Often times Tinplate Locomotives find there place not on the track or in the rail yard but rather behind glass doors in a display case. I myself have a Tinplate trolley sitting on my desk in an acrylic display case. Tinning is the process of thinly coating steel sheets with tin to most often prevent rust. Mike Wolf, the founder and owner of MTH Trains, began using this process in his garage over 35 years ago. MTH Trains at one time offered a complete line of Tinplate Trains, building and accessories. It wasn't until MTH Trains began producing replicas of the glorious sheet metal toy trains of the 1920s and 1930s for Lionel Electric Trains that the. In 2009 a friendly relationship between Lionel Trains and MTH Trains began a new era in working together to produce Lionel and MTH Tinplate Trains.