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What are some popular rock songs that are easy to play on the guitar?

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Question by xXI Captain IXx: What are some popular rock songs that are easy to play on the guitar?
I just purchased my first electric guitar and I’m pretty excited to start playing some songs. I’ve already learned Rock You Like A Hurricane and Paranoid. Smoke On The Water is a given, but what are some other popular rock songs that can be learned fast on the guitar?

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Answer by Yes, Truth is Absolute
any acdc, zepplin, nirvana, blink 182, green day stuff is a good bet, most punk stuff or classic rock in general.

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The Train Set is a popular part of the Early Learning Center at the Library

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

The Train Set is a popular part of the Early Learning Center at the Library

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Cousins Micah and Austen explore the train set with Austen’s mom

History Of Ho-Scale Trains – How H0-Scale Got Started And Became The Most Popular In The World

Monday, October 17th, 2011

In 1921, the “double zero” or 00 scale train (1:76) was introduced in the United Kingdom.  This train was and remains the most popular scale in the UK and runs on the same gauge track as the H0 scale trains, although the actual trains and rolling stock are a larger scale.  In the 1930’s the H0 scale was introduced as an alternative to the 00, but never really grabbed a foothold in the UK.  At 1:87, the H0 scale (pronounced h-oh, not h-zero, and not ho) is approximately half the scale of the 0 (zero) scale.  Early scales were denoted by numbers like 0, 1,2, and 3. In the United States, Japan and Australia, H0 is more popularly denoted as HO.

The H0 scale became very popular in the United States in the late 1950’s which is when model railroads started to become less like toys and more realistic due to hobbyist demand.  Smaller sized trains by their very nature allow enthusiasts to fit more “scale miles” into the same space as larger trains, while giving up a little in ruggedness.  Smaller trains also allow more detailed scenery to be created in the space.

In the 1960’s, the 0 scale began to decline in response to the rise in the H0 scale’s popularity.  Even manufacturer’s who had previously eschewed the scale like Gilbert (who made the popular American Flyer) began making the more popular scale. Today the H0 scale is the most popular scale in the US as well as in most of Europe.  Although 00 still maintains its top spot in England, the H0 scale does exist.  The British 1:87 Scale Society was formed in the mid 1990’s to promote the scale and provide support to those modelers who enjoy it.

Early track for the H0 trains were sold in sections, usually 9 inches long and came in straight sections and curved sections of various radii.  Track “code” is a measurement of the height of the rail as measured in thousandths of an inch.  Most popular is probably Code 100 which is .100 inches high.  This track is fairly heavy for the HO scale and can accept 00 trains and older deep wheel flange trains as well.  For that reason, some purists opt to make their own finescale track to reduce the size.

Due to the widespread popularity of HO scale trains throughout most of the world, manufacturers make a wide array of locomotives, rolling stock (cars and carriages), track, and scenery.  You can buy fully ready to run models, easy to assemble kits, or Craftsman kits which require much more assembly and skill and may contain several hundred parts.  Price and quality also varies widely, so be sure you know what you are buying, as with anything else, you get what you pay for in most cases.

Henry Michael is a model train enthusiast who enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with others to help them get the most out of this exciting hobby.  For more information on on Due to the widespread popularity of HO scale trains, visit my website at and learn how easy it is for you to get involved with model railroading.  It will help you to avoid mistakes that most beginners make.  If you are more experienced, it will give you a different perspective on things you maybe doing or would like to do.

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HO scale train sets – Why Are They the Most Popular Scale Trains?

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

HO scale train sets are the worlds’ most popular sized model railways for a number of reasons: cost, space requirements, and ease of component availability figure highly amongst these. In a perfect world, I’d be modeling in On30, but the reality of my own situation – present and likely future is that HO – that is, a 1/87th scale representation of the real world – is the track I’ll follow for pretty much those three reasons I listed above. Bachmann, the world’s biggest maker of model trains has an extensive range of American prototype locomotive and rolling stock for the train fan. For the newcomer, Bachmann’s HO train sets, ready to run out of the box, offer the perfect starting point.

Big… and not so big.

Size – a good place to start.

By far the most popular of the big train sizes is O gauge – that’s trains built to a scale of 1/48th the size of the real thing, running on rails spaced 1.25″ apart. Historically, O gauge has some impressive claims to be the parent of all current model railroad scales and gauges. The first model trains, produced in Germany around the beginning of the 20th century were close to 1/48th scale and ran on 1.25″ wide tracks. When model train manufacturing got under way here in the USA, those iconic brands Lionel and American Flyer built their trains to run on those very same 1.25″ spaced tracks.

The little trains began to appear in numbers after World War Two and by the 1960s, commercial production of small-sized, HO gauge trains far outstripped production of O gauge. Initially, it was the British who came up with the idea of this smaller size – trains that could run on tracks spaced just 0.65″ apart. German manufacturer Marklin launched its range of small trains running on 0.65″ (or 16.5mm) spaced tracks in 1935, but unlike British and German rival train-makers, Marklin chose to make its trains to scale of 1/87th the size of the real thing. Since Marklin’s O gauge trains were built to a scale of 1/43rd, this new, smaller size was very conveniently half the size of the big ‘uns – hence Half O gauge, or HO as it is universally known today. Approximately 66% of all model train lovers rate HO as their favorite scale.


HO gauge – the more bangs for your bucks interface.

The main reason for the popularity of HO amongst modelers is the perception of what you can achieve in this scale in a given space. Look through the pages of any of the well-known magazines devoted to the hobby and you’ll see vast basement railroad empires with a staggering amounts of nano-scenic detail, beautifully rendered and weathered locomotives and rolling stock. The overall impression can be breathtaking and a close-up and personal scrutiny – often known as “rivet-counting”- shows just how much miniature detail can be incorporated even at this degree of shrinkage. Inspiring indeed, but there are plenty of us who don’t have and are never likely to have basements. HO model-railroading is flexible and adaptable enough to cater for the space-deprived modeler, who has to make do with maybe just 8-10 feet of wall space, maybe 12″ wide – just enough to represent the end of the line of some long-forgotten spur of the Hooterville Central RR in its glory days. These railroaders often outdo us all when it comes to atmosphere, rivets, warts and all.

The industry, has of course, responded to the market. For the HO gauge modeler, there is a huge array of off-the-shelf train sets, locomotives, cars, buildings and track. As you progress through the hobby, more specialized manufacturers supply everything to cater for scratch-building or kit-bashing needs. If you want it, you can source and buy everything from a more authentic brake-wheel for your favorite caboose right up to a gorgeous, and seriously expensive, hand-built, brass locomotive.

Perhaps the final reason for choosing HO ahead of the larger alternatives is the cost. Yes, there are some surprisingly cheap O gauge items out there – Bachmann’s lovely On30 2-8-0 Consolidation is a give-away at around 7.00 – but the fact remains that model-railroading in HO, part for part and piece for piece, is going to be a lot cheaper than opting for any of the bigger scales. Next time you look at an HO gauge layout that really gets your heart pounding, just remember that to do the same thing in O gauge is going to take twice the space and the cost of all the components will be considerably higher as well.

Liam is an avid collector of model trains and a gamer enthusiastic. He is also a webmaster of an online hobby shop:
So Stop by and visit his site for some great offers of Christmas trains, Lionel train sets, Bachmann trains and more..

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Why Model Trains are So Popular

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

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O Scale Trains Remain a Popular Choice For Train Hobbyists

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Despite the presence of HO scale and N scale, the O scale trains have dominated the market in its own ways. Hobbyists around the world find these trains more attractive over any other models. O scale trains and their measurement differ from place to place. For example in the US the ratio between the original and a model is 1:48 on a measuring scale. However, in England it is 1:43:5!

Initially O scale trains and the houses were too small. Generally, the basement served as the best location during those days. But it was in the 90s that the development started and they were far more lifelike and compact. Since then people could get them and dedicate their time to them.

These days, O scale trains also come with many accessories. They everything right from logs of wood to buckets. You name it and you have it kind of models are available in the market now. These props make these trains more and more lifelike. This is why lot of adults also gets enmeshed in its accuracy. They can be decorated you want and make the surroundings so unique that no one can overlook them.

What should you use to clean a trains o scale locomotive? I use pipe cleaners or just a cotton swab. Dip it in some rubbing alcohol and clean the wheels in a scrubbing motion. This should be done one to two times a year. If you run your trains as much as me then consider two as a minimum. Keeping those tracks nice and clean is a big help, which would mean the wheels will hardly require any cleaning.

Aside from cleaning the wheels, you also need to check the universal joints, worm, and the worm gear. Locomotives should be disassembled one at a time; this will be difficult, or at least tedious, your first few times, and there’s chances of causing permanent damage. To ensure that you’re doing the right thing you will need to check the instruction sheet or manual. Find the diagram so that you’ll know exactly what to do, and read through it once or twice before you touch anything. Trust me.

What are the particular variations in the O-27 scale? There are actually a number of similar O scale track choices. When the standard O scale train track is put down in a circle, it has a diameter of 31 inches. So the ordinary O scale track is sometimes called O-31 track. Meanwhile, the O-27 scale track will produce a smaller, 27-inch diameter when laid in a circle. The O scale track is made in several sizes, including O-27, O-31 (standard), O-42, O-54, and O-72. The differences have to do with the various diameters of the circular track. If you prefer to set up your railroad in a smaller space, you will be able to fit in more track with closer curves, but the overall effect is less realistic and sometimes full-sized O cars have trouble successfully negotiating the curves. Fortunately, model train hobbyists have the advantage of mixing and matching different scales of track to produce the layout they want.

Compare that to O trains, which are 1:48 scale, which means the cars are about 12-16 inches long. Not only do these train sets take a lot more space to set up and to store, they also cost a lot more. As a result, these trains are primarily purchased by more serious model trains hobbyists while the HO trains are primarily purchased by beginners and families looking for train sets as a Christmas gift.

The next leading scales are the N model trains with 20% of searches, followed by G with 16% of searches. These trains are 1:160 scale, which makes them even smaller than HO trains. Cars are only about 4-5 inches long for N scale. G model trains are at the other end of the size spectrum with 1:22.5 scale, which means the cars are about 18-26 inches. These are too big to fit in most homes. They are most commonly used in outdoor gardens.™ is an independent resource dedicated to the provision of news, reviews and information about trains o scale published at the Internet address

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History Of N-Scale Trains – How The Smaller Size Of N-Scale Trains Made Them So Popular

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

N-scale trains have existed in some form as far back as 1927, but they are one of the newest of the model train sizes. Due to the prevalence of other scale trains that had been around longer, N’s did not become popular and begin to be commercially produced until 1962.  They were, however, one of the earliest scales to start out with recognized standards.  In the early 1960’s standards were agreed upon among manufacturers with respect to the voltage to be used, the track gauge, the train height, and other aspects of the scale. Before manufacturers around the world agreed on standards, buyers could not be certain that an N-scale train from Marklin in Germany would fit on the same track as an N scale train built by Bachman in the US.  Even today with standards, there are variants.  These include 1:150 or 1:160 in Japan, and 1:152 in the UK among others.

N-scale trains grew to become the second most popular standard in the world.  Only HO-scale is more popular.  N-scale takes less space than HO-scale and so is used much more in locations where space is limited.  N-scale’s popularity is partly because it’s smaller size allows for more trains and more expansive scenery in a given space.  The scenery is also usually much more detailed.  The proliferation of N-scale has grown at different rates in different countries.  The growth of any type of model train often depends on people producing train models that reflect the real trains of the region.  Since N-scale is one of the newest scales, it has taken some time for models that reflect local trains to be produced in some countries. In Japan, where space is limited, N-scale became popular very quickly and indeed is the most popular scale today, while in Australia it has taken a longer time to catch on.

For various reasons such as modeling narrow gauge (N-scale train on HO gauge track), modeling minimum gauge (N-scale train on a T-scale track) or modeling perspective (N-scale train in HO-scale scenery) not all N-scale trains are run on N gauge track.  These scales have been given their own letter designations in order to distinguish them from an all N-scale layout.  True narrow gauge N-scale tracks do exist, but are rare due to a dearth of parts suppliers.

N-scale trains look very small (and at 1:148 of full scale, they are approximately half of HO-scale), but they are not the smallest scale that is made.  Both T (1:450) and Z scales (1:220) are much smaller.  If you would like your layout to fit in a smaller space, but still have a lot of detail or would like to have extensive scenery, N-scale trains might be for you.

Henry Michael is a model train enthusiast who enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with others to help them get the most out of this exciting hobby.  For more information on N-Scale trains, visit my website at and learn how easy it is for you to get involved with model railroading.  It will help you to avoid mistakes that most beginners make.  If you are more experienced, it will give you a different perspective on things you maybe doing or would like to do.

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