Model Train Scales


A model train is normally a scale model replica of a real train. These should not be viewed as toys but are more of collectible replicas of an important element of our transportation system. Here’s some interesting information.

A model train is normally a scale version replica. This means that the model train looks just like its real counterpart, down to small hardware details. There are different model railroad standards and scales.

The HO scale is the most common one and therefore tends to have the largest variety of trains and accessories available.

Model Train Scales

Model Train Scales


The N scale is probably the next most popular type. This scale is popular as an alternative to HO because it allows more complex layouts to be constructed in limited spacing. Many hobbyists believe that you must sacrifice detail and authenticity for the space gains. However with the modern, automated processes, a great deal of detail can be incorporated into the model train at this scale.

The Z scale is one of the smallest commercially available scales in model railroading. It is popular with hobbyists who have limited space for their setups like apartment dwellers, etc. A simple setup can actually fit in a briefcase. This includes the track layout and landscape, buildings, and a power supply.

The OO scale is one of the most popular scales in England. A British train manufacturer called Homby is the largest manufacturer of OO scale trains.

And the O scale is the largest scale for model trains available commercially. It was developed in the 1900’s by Marklin, the German toy manufacturer. They chose this scale since it was the same proportion used in doll houses. In this scale, ¼’ equals 1 foot of length.

As model trains became more cost effective and more people wanted to get involved, space considerations became more important. So the HO scale was born which about half the size of the O scale.

If we look at a typical setup for an HO model train, we find that there is a great deal of variation and investment in terms of choosing an engine, cars, and the myriad of accessories. The engine alone can cost several hundreds of dollars and the total investment can rise substantially depending upon the desire and available budget of the model railroad enthusiast.

It is not altogether uncommon for hobbyists to invest $100,000 or more in their setup over a period of years. However the results can be truly amazing. Watching a model train weave its way around a complex track through tunnels, mountains, and stopping in scale version towns can be an awe inspiring experience.

There is a great attraction and allure to this hobby and many people have been devoted and enthusiastic hobbyists for years.

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Marx O Scale 2002 2 man Electric Cart Good Condition Runs Must See


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N Scale Trailer Park Trailers 3 total


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Digitrax SDH166D Sound Decoder 8 Bit with Speaker HO Scale Bob The Train Guy


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MRC HO Scale DCC 16 Bit Sound Decoder Steam Sounds 8 9 Pin Harness Plug in 1731


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Broadway Limited 1150 HO Scale Wabash Bluebird Dome Coach 200


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N Scale Lot of 24 Trucks Assembled Metal Wheels


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HO Scale Jordan 1934 Ford 21 Passenger Bus


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N Scale Lot of 20 Arch Bar Trucks Assembled Metal Wheels


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HO SCALE KIT OF A 50 BOX CAR BY ROUNDHOUSE


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LGB G Scale 13000 30 degrees cross track


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Tunnel Portal Side Wall Random Cut Stone Resin C 9 HO Scale


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LGB G SCALE 50160 Track Connection Connecting WIRE FOR MODEL TRAINS 5016


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LGB 3080 E01 Pennsylvania Railroad PRR Coach G Scale w Box


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HO Scale Bachmann Touring Car with people


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Woodland Scenics N Scale Davenport Department Store Built Ready BR4938


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HO Scale InterMountain DRGW 10912 4750 Cu Ft 18 Rib 3 Bay Covered Hopper


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