When the HO Scale Model Railroad Trains was first introduced in the United Kingdom during the 1930s, it didn’t quite have the reception that was hoped for, at the time. The HO Scale Model Railroad trains were unsuited for an already thriving English market of OO Scale Model Railroads; likewise it also proved unsuitable for modeling British model railroad trains. Suffice it to say, the introduction of the HO Scale Model Railroad to an already OO Scale Model dominated region, served only to realize the many incompatibilities the scale models have.
However the HO Scale Model Railroad Trains became very popular in the United States and in continental Europe. In these regions, especially in the United States, the interest of model railroading were still as toys until around 1950’s when model railroading interest took off in another direction, as a serious hobby. And though Lionel had already introduced the OO Scale Model, the HO Scale Model Railroad was more than well received.
Many enthusiasts see the HO Scale Model Railroad as the most balanced gauge, in the “middle of the road” category. It has small enough size to allow for elaborate railroad track layouts while still consuming reasonable space. It is also less expensive than bigger scale modes yet, can accommodate enough detail for even the finest model, without becoming overly expensive. Lesser exacting manufacturing than smaller scale models means a generally cheaper item. Those who’d want details on their model railroad trains will be pleased to know that the HO Scale Model Railroad accommodates the best degree of detail respective of its size and value. Succinctly, the HO Scale Model Railroad is the cheapest model railroad scale.
So prevalent was the demand for HO Scale Model Railroad Trains in the United States that even restricted manufacturers of other gauges began producing model railroads in the HO Scale Model –in order to stay afloat. American Flyer and Lionel Corporation, both OO exclusive manufacturers, began manufacturing trains in the HO Scale.
Currently, the HO Scale Model is the most established scale in model railroading, with the exception in Great Britain, where OO Scale is solidly established. The HO Scale Model Railroad Trains exists in Great Britain though, and resources for the scale can still be acquired in the UK. A society of HO Scale Model Railroad users even exists, known as the British 1:87 Scale Society, and caters to the needs of fellowmen wanting to get in on the model railroading scale mainstream. The HO SCale Model Railroad Trains are perfect for beginners.