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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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The Model that Started Proto:87

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

The Model that Started Proto:87
bachmann trains
Image by renegourley
This was a modified Bachmann engine. By the time I’d finished, I’d discovered two things — that wheels on our models are not to scale, and started to question why, and that it would have been just as easy to have scratchbuilt this engine. Having now actually scratchbuilt an engine, I’m not as certain about the latter, but the former is still true for most everyone’s HO trains.

I got the model to the point of paint. It was right when the new acrylics were coming out, and I used Accuflex. Unfortunately, it went on terribly (there were loads of problems with Accuflex, which is why they rebranded to Modelflex); when I went to strip it, the only thing I could find that worked was non-acetone nail polish remover, which also attacked the CA that bonded most of the parts on. It turned into a kit once more, and I junked the whole thing and moved to P:87. If memory serves, it was a pretty good representation of 607.

How to Get Started with Hobby Trains

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

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N Scale Railroading: Getting Started in the Hobby, Second Edition (Model Railroader’s How-To Guides)

Monday, September 12th, 2011

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Basic Model Railroading: Getting Started in the Hobby (Model Railroader Books)

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

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Getting Started with Model Trains

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

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Garden Railroading: Getting Started in the Hobby

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

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I am interested in starting a garden railroad. How do you get started?

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Question by b9lis: I am interested in starting a garden railroad. How do you get started?
Wondering about track layouts, weatherizing your layout, g scale trains, etc.

Best answer:

Answer by ccs29745
It’s a good idea to figure out how you want you train to run, ( turns, cut offs, etc.) then plan beds, bridges, tunnels for it. Look for a hobby store near by that deals in trains, also there’s some good magazines at book stores about outdoor trains in particular.

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