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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Walthers Shinohara code 83 6 Double Crossover turnout switch HO scale


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Scale University Blair Line O scale laser cut Dari King Drive in BUILT


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MTH 45 1020 Scale Trax 0 72 Right Hand Switch


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Vintage HO Scale Gauge Lot of 7 Plus 3D Background Scenery Buildings


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MTH 45 1010 Scale Trax 0 72 curved track 6 sections


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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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Piko HO Scale ICE3 57194 Starter Set


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Lot of 3 Vintage Lionel USA 0 Scale Train RR Street Lamps 76 3


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Atlantic coast line train car N scale ACL 46531 by Kadee


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D3210 100pcs Scale Train Layout Set Model Trees Z 32mm


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Bachmann HO Scale Train Diesel SD40 2 Analog CSX Dark Future 67018


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MTH 45 1007 Scale Trax 0 72 curved track 4 sections


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NEW LARGE LOT OF TRACK AND MORE 42 PIECES CODE 80 N SCALE


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HO Scale Metal Donkeys


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Binkley Models 1890 Coach Kit Ho Scale


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MRC HO Scale DCC 16 Bit Sound Decoder EMD 567 8 9 Pin Harness Plug in 1730


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Lot of 5 VINTAGE MARX TRAIN CAR TIN O SCALE


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P8702 108pcs 187 Well Painted Figures Seated Passenger HO Scale


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Bachmann N Scale Magnetically Operated E Z Mate Mark II Couplers Short 78503


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Lot of 5 VINTAGE MARX TRAIN CAR TIN O SCALE


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Binkley Models P 21 1890 Observation Kit Ho Scale


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N SCALE MOTOR CAR SHED KIT 30004 STS by Northeastern Scale Models


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LIONEL O SCALE 3424 OPERATING BRAKEMAN CAR WITH BOX


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D5020 50pcs Scale Train Layout Set Model Trees N Z 5cm


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HO SCALE 1946 CHEVROLET STYLEMASTER 2 DOOR SEDAN by Sylvan V 121


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Atlas n scale engine and 16 rail cars


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Micro trains N Scale Enthusiast NSE 11 01 Lehigh Valley Rolling Billboard Boxcar


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Model Power Super Flex Track Bendable 5pc x 285 Railroad Train N Scale


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Varney Santa Fe EL Capitan Reefer R 43 Kit Ho Scale


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HO SCALE 1937 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN by Sylvan V 038


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HO Scale 56 Thrall All Door Boxcar 2 Pack Canfor Walthers 932 27023


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Fleischmann N Scale Train Set Prussian Gloria 125 year Anniversary Set 781284


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Varney Carnation Milk Reefer RW 3 Kit Ho Scale


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187 HO Scale Athearn Roadway Mack and freightliner Truck set


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MRC Lima HO Scale Delaware Hudson ALCO C 420 406


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O SCALE Lionel 6 16237 RAILWAY EXPRESS AGENCY BOXCAR


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Missouri Pacific Lines Route of the Eagles Train Car N scale By Kadee MP 20573


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Bachmann N Scale Train Aar 40 Steel Box Car BO Timesaver 17057


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N Scale Atlas 4 Electric Switches 2 4s 26s Tested Working


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