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Model railroading is a fascinating hobby and has been dubbed by many as the “World’s Greatest Hobby”. It is very versatile and incorporates many learning opportunities and is so fun for all ages. It includes creativity with sculpturing, painting, airbrushing, decorating and landscaping, and encourages scientific exploration of electronics, physics, mechanics, engineering and architecture, all combined with humor, friendship, family activities, social interaction, and the great sense of accomplishment.
Things to consider before starting:
Model trains come in various scales (gauges):
~ Z 1:220 (with all the letters identifying gauges Z became the smallest so they used the last letter in the alphabet)
~ N (rails are Nine mm apart- hence the N) 1:160 **
~ HO (Half O or ‘aitch oh’) 1:87 **
~ OO - 1:76 runs on HO track and is the British version of HO
~ S scale 1:64
~ O (was referred as zero (or 0h) gauge) 1:48**
~ G (Garden) 1:20.3 to 1:32
~ There are many more gauges, although they are important to die-hard railroaders, we will not be listing them here. You can ask Rob, or Robby about those.
Gauge refers to the width of the track, measured between the railheads. Different from scale, which is proportion to life-size.
At present, Chinook & Hobby West carries three Scales of Model Trains for Sale: O scale, HO Scale, and N scale.
Any other scales that come in collections, we put on our ebay site. Our eBay handle is gossamer13
Next week: Learn about different track, buildings, painting and more!
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