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.

Model Railroad G Scale Garden Trains

Products previously bought from this site:


hoscale industrial rail green bay and western hopper car new in box, 50 pcs railway scenery landscape train model banyan trees scale 1200250, 5pcs white home drinking water dispenser fountain scenery model 120 g scale new, tomix n scale 1150 tomytec building collection 093 sake brewery e furnace fence, 4 pcs railroad block signals o scale 2 aspects leds green ove red, jordan scenery 3 bush trees 7cm ho scale 7da, 4 pcs o scale 3 aspects railway signals gyr leds made block signal, coal cars x 2 atsf 180503 ho scale 1052, preiser 132 scale 63057 controller inquiry clerk girl 3 figures nib , mack ch600 tri drive sleeper cab heavy hauler 187 scale promotexherpa red, fleischmann 8183 piccolo n scale 1st class coach, peterbilt 389 custom tri drive truck 187 scale diecast ton purple, preiser 1225 gscale 45125 signal box workers chair 2 figures nib , peterbilt 389 custom tri drive truck 187 scale diecast ton red, kato 40861 jnrjr limited express series 583 type sahane581 n scale new, 10pcs z scale model single head copper street lights 1200, kenworth k100 aerodyne twin steer bogie drive heavy haul 187 scale custom, tomix n scale 1150 tomytec the building collection 092 sake brewery d, scania special trailers bogie drive owner driver 187 scale wsi factory boxed, 20 x model cars 1100 ho tt scale railway layout architecture train new, n scale amtrak acela express loco nonpowered units wdcc spectrum 81551 new, kenworth t800 quad drive day cab 187 scale custom ton green amp; black, peterbilt 386 quad drive day cab 187 scale custom ton burgundy , 20pcs ho scale model street lights double heads 1100, busch 1959 cadillac eldorado convertible 45100 in ho scale, kenworth t800 tri drive day cab national 187 scale factory ton yellow, 20pcs wargame scenery landscape train model trees 1100300 scale 157 394inch, n scale circus elephant car kit, 20pcs railroad scenery landscape train model trees 1100300 scale 197433inch, 20pcs wargame scenery landscape train model trees 1100300 scale 197 433inch, 20pcs wargame scenery landscape train model trees 1100300 scale 177394 inch, micro trains birthday car orange n scale, 20pcs wargame scenery landscape train model trees 1100300 scale 157394 inch, 20pcs railroad scenery landscape train model tree 1100300 scale 177394 inch, 20pcs wargame scenery landscape model train tree 1100300 scale 236472 inch , hon scale trees 10 x 8cm ch2003, cooks chefs 5 painted figures 14 kitchen utensils ho 187 scale preiser 10329, 20 pcs train park street layout scene model lamp lights 3v scale 125 white, tomix n scale 1150 tomytec building collection 091 sake brewery c storehouse, freightliner cab over safeway amp; matching box trailer 187 scale , model power ot tender wood burning pennzoil ho scale 838
MACK CH600 TRI DRIVE SLEEPER CAB HEAVY HAULER 1 87 SCALE PROMOTEX HERPA RED
MACK CH600 TRI DRIVE SLEEPER CAB HEAVY HAULER 1 87 SCALE PROMOTEX HERPA RED


HO Scale Grade Crossing Signal w Gates 2 Brass w LEDs NJ International 1164
HO Scale Grade Crossing Signal w Gates 2 Brass w LEDs NJ International 1164


PETERBILT 389 CUSTOM TRI DRIVE TRUCK 1 87 SCALE DIECAST TON PURPLE
PETERBILT 389 CUSTOM TRI DRIVE TRUCK 1 87 SCALE DIECAST TON PURPLE


PETERBILT 389 CUSTOM TRI DRIVE TRUCK 1 87 SCALE DIECAST TON RED
PETERBILT 389 CUSTOM TRI DRIVE TRUCK 1 87 SCALE DIECAST TON RED


Spectrum On30 Scale Train 2 4 4 Forney DCC Equipped Inside Frame Black 25479
Spectrum On30 Scale Train 2 4 4 Forney DCC Equipped Inside Frame Black 25479


SCANIA SPECIAL TRAILERS BOGIE DRIVE OWNER DRIVER 1 87 SCALE WSI FACTORY BOXED
SCANIA SPECIAL TRAILERS BOGIE DRIVE OWNER DRIVER 1 87 SCALE WSI FACTORY BOXED


Micro trains birthday car orange n scale
Micro trains birthday car orange n scale


Preiser G 124 scale  Eve  Female UNPAINTED Figure KIT  58001
Preiser G 124 scale Eve Female UNPAINTED Figure KIT 58001


FREIGHTLINER CAB OVER SAFEWAY  MATCHING BOX TRAILER 1 87 SCALE
FREIGHTLINER CAB OVER SAFEWAY MATCHING BOX TRAILER 1 87 SCALE


Walthers Cornerstone Gatemans Tower  Shed 933 2944 Ho Scale
Walthers Cornerstone Gatemans Tower Shed 933 2944 Ho Scale


HO Scale Random Size  Length Lumber Loads by FNS FNL1008
HO Scale Random Size Length Lumber Loads by FNS FNL1008


Walthers Cornerstone Bascule Bridge 933 3070 Ho Scale
Walthers Cornerstone Bascule Bridge 933 3070 Ho Scale


KENWORTH T600 HUCKLEBERRY FARM  ENCLOSED DROP DECK TRAILER 1 87 SCALE WHITE
KENWORTH T600 HUCKLEBERRY FARM ENCLOSED DROP DECK TRAILER 1 87 SCALE WHITE


InterMountain 40052 33 Semi Scale HO Metal Wheel sets 100 pack MODELRRSUPPLY
InterMountain 40052 33 Semi Scale HO Metal Wheel sets 100 pack MODELRRSUPPLY


WHITE OLD SCHOOL CANADIAN PACIFIC  TWIN MATCHING 2X PUP TRAILERS 1 87 SCALE
WHITE OLD SCHOOL CANADIAN PACIFIC TWIN MATCHING 2X PUP TRAILERS 1 87 SCALE


MACK CH600 DAY CAB ROADWAY  TWIN MATCHING 2X PUP TRAILERS 1 87 SCALE
MACK CH600 DAY CAB ROADWAY TWIN MATCHING 2X PUP TRAILERS 1 87 SCALE


HO 187 scale Busch CORNFIELD  400 Corn Stalks  Scenery Detail KIT  1202
HO 187 scale Busch CORNFIELD 400 Corn Stalks Scenery Detail KIT 1202


KENWORTH T600 AERO FASTRAX  TWIN MATCHING 2X PUP TRAILERS 1 87 SCALE
KENWORTH T600 AERO FASTRAX TWIN MATCHING 2X PUP TRAILERS 1 87 SCALE


MACK CH600 SLEEPER ICX TRANSPORT AND MATCHING BOX TRAILER 1 87 SCALE
MACK CH600 SLEEPER ICX TRANSPORT AND MATCHING BOX TRAILER 1 87 SCALE


Bachmann HO Scale Train 40 Quad Hopper Baltimore  Ohio 17612
Bachmann HO Scale Train 40 Quad Hopper Baltimore Ohio 17612


FREIGHTLINER CAB OVER TA TRUCK STOPS  MATCHING BOX TRAILER 1 87 SCALE BLACK
FREIGHTLINER CAB OVER TA TRUCK STOPS MATCHING BOX TRAILER 1 87 SCALE BLACK


KENWORTH W90 WITH ROOF WING OWNER DRIVER  STEELLOADED TRAILER 1 87 SCALE CUSTOM
KENWORTH W90 WITH ROOF WING OWNER DRIVER STEELLOADED TRAILER 1 87 SCALE CUSTOM


Bachmann HO Scale Train PS1 40 Box Cars Great Northern Brown  Orange 17002
Bachmann HO Scale Train PS1 40 Box Cars Great Northern Brown Orange 17002


MACK CH600 DAY CAB  20FT CONTAINER TRAILER 1 87 SCALE YELLOW
MACK CH600 DAY CAB 20FT CONTAINER TRAILER 1 87 SCALE YELLOW


KENWORTH W900 DAY CAB  20FT CONTAINER TRAILER 1 87 SCALE ORANGE
KENWORTH W900 DAY CAB 20FT CONTAINER TRAILER 1 87 SCALE ORANGE


2X PETERBILT SISTER TRUCKS  20FT LOADED CONTAINER TRAILERS 1 87 SCALE GREEN
2X PETERBILT SISTER TRUCKS 20FT LOADED CONTAINER TRAILERS 1 87 SCALE GREEN


AERO 17 WindmillG Scale USA Made Galvanized LOWER PRICE
AERO 17 WindmillG Scale USA Made Galvanized LOWER PRICE


KENWORTH W900 SLEEPER CAB  20FT CONTAINER TRAILER 1 87 SCALE RED  YELLOW
KENWORTH W900 SLEEPER CAB 20FT CONTAINER TRAILER 1 87 SCALE RED YELLOW


KENWORTH W900 ROOF WING WITH MATCHING LIQUID TANKER TRAILER 1 87 SCALE
KENWORTH W900 ROOF WING WITH MATCHING LIQUID TANKER TRAILER 1 87 SCALE


Digitrax DCC HO Scale Decoder DH126D
Digitrax DCC HO Scale Decoder DH126D


PETERBILT WITH ROOF WING OWNER DRIVER  WOOD LOADED TRAILER 1 87 SCALE CUSTOM
PETERBILT WITH ROOF WING OWNER DRIVER WOOD LOADED TRAILER 1 87 SCALE CUSTOM


KENWORTH K100 AERODYNE OWNER DRIVER LOADED TRI AXLE TRAILER 1 87 SCALE WHITE
KENWORTH K100 AERODYNE OWNER DRIVER LOADED TRI AXLE TRAILER 1 87 SCALE WHITE


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


PETERBILT SLEEPER WITH ROOF WING  TRI AXLE TIPPER TRAILER 1 87 SCALE CUSTOM BLU
PETERBILT SLEEPER WITH ROOF WING TRI AXLE TIPPER TRAILER 1 87 SCALE CUSTOM BLU


KENWORTH W900 OWNER DRIVER AND LIVESTOCK TRAILER 1 87 SCALE HERPA SCALE WHITE
KENWORTH W900 OWNER DRIVER AND LIVESTOCK TRAILER 1 87 SCALE HERPA SCALE WHITE


Digitrax DZ126 Decoder New Z N HO Scale Bob The Train Guy
Digitrax DZ126 Decoder New Z N HO Scale Bob The Train Guy


PETERBILT WITH ROOF WING OWNER DRIVER AND LIVESTOCK TRAILER 1 87 SCALE CUSTOM
PETERBILT WITH ROOF WING OWNER DRIVER AND LIVESTOCK TRAILER 1 87 SCALE CUSTOM


N SCALE TRAIN DIESEL ENGINE UNION PACIFIC 4115 MADE BY LIMA ITALY FREE SHIPPING
N SCALE TRAIN DIESEL ENGINE UNION PACIFIC 4115 MADE BY LIMA ITALY FREE SHIPPING


SMC 401 18 Piece Hay Bale Set HO Scale unfinished
SMC 401 18 Piece Hay Bale Set HO Scale unfinished


2X TRUCKS KENWORTH  GMC  MATCHING CATTLE TRAILERS 1 87 SCALE HERPA PROMOTEX
2X TRUCKS KENWORTH GMC MATCHING CATTLE TRAILERS 1 87 SCALE HERPA PROMOTEX


KENWORTH K100 OWNER DRIVER AND LIVESTOCK TRAILER 1 87 SCALE HERPA SCALE CUSTOM
KENWORTH K100 OWNER DRIVER AND LIVESTOCK TRAILER 1 87 SCALE HERPA SCALE CUSTOM


Intermountain HO Scale 44586 EMD F Unit Horizontal Grill ONLY B Unit NIB
Intermountain HO Scale 44586 EMD F Unit Horizontal Grill ONLY B Unit NIB


KENWORTH K100 AERODYNE  TRI AXLE TIPPER TRAILER 1 87 SCALE CUSTOM BLACK  GREEN
KENWORTH K100 AERODYNE TRI AXLE TIPPER TRAILER 1 87 SCALE CUSTOM BLACK GREEN


KENWORTH K100 AERODYNE  TRI AXLE TIPPER TRAILER 1 87 SCALE CUSTOM BLACK  RED
KENWORTH K100 AERODYNE TRI AXLE TIPPER TRAILER 1 87 SCALE CUSTOM BLACK RED


HO scale Busch THIRTY FIVE 35 PINE SPRUCE TREES with rooted bases  6492
HO scale Busch THIRTY FIVE 35 PINE SPRUCE TREES with rooted bases 6492


HORNBY Lyddle End Series WATER TOWER Brand New Boxed N Scale
HORNBY Lyddle End Series WATER TOWER Brand New Boxed N Scale


KENWORTH K100 AERODYNE FLAT TOP B DOUBLE TRAILERS 1 87 SCALE YELLOW
KENWORTH K100 AERODYNE FLAT TOP B DOUBLE TRAILERS 1 87 SCALE YELLOW


HO scale Preiser SHIP BOAT Crew or Dock Workers Sailor 14063
HO scale Preiser SHIP BOAT Crew or Dock Workers Sailor 14063


MACK CH600 DAY CAB FLAT TOP B DOUBLE TRAILERS 1 87 SCALE RED PROMOTEX HERPA
MACK CH600 DAY CAB FLAT TOP B DOUBLE TRAILERS 1 87 SCALE RED PROMOTEX HERPA


FREIGHTLINER AERO WITH FLAT TOP B DOUBLE TRAILERS 1 87 SCALE RED PROMOTEX
FREIGHTLINER AERO WITH FLAT TOP B DOUBLE TRAILERS 1 87 SCALE RED PROMOTEX



« Previous12

Other Visitors Were Searching For...

types of trains model scales, ebay n scale model trains, scale n z trains, athearn model trains 2009 wonder bread car, model train investment, Model Train sacles, model trains as investment?, n scale toy train, o scale trains in sasketchewan canada, one wheel model train, smallest train model, Spectrum On30 Scale Train 18 Freight Cars -ebay, varios model train scales gauges ebay, model train ho n, model train BNIB definition, Model Ore Train, best model railroad layouts n scale, ebay hon3 ore 12car kits, ho model trains, ho scale vs n scale trains, japan largest model train ho scales, k-line e8 a-a set k-28131 w/tmcc, k28131 k-line, kato ho sd9043mac, lima train models,