Ho Scale Trains

Written by Diane Sievert
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HO scale trains are by far the most popular of the model trains mass-produced and available in the U.S. The HO scale is modeled after a 1:87 ratio and requires a 16.5 mm gauge. Read on to learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of HO scale trains.

The Pros and Cons of Working With HO Scale Trains

Perhaps the best thing about investing in HO scale trains is that they offer the widest selection in trains, train sets, and supplies. HO scale trains are always readily available as are replacement parts and other accessories. Another benefit to working with HO scale is they tend to be the least expensive of widely available scales.

One of the cons is the amount of space HO scale trains require. They are not the biggest model trains on the market--the G and O scale trains retain that particular honor. But nevertheless, HO scale trains aren't tiny.

If you want to invest in HO scale, make sure you have enough room to do it. You'll need a fair amount of space in order to build an intricate layout in HO scale. Unlike G and O scale, however, the HO scale trains can still operate on a table as long as it's sturdy.


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