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Alocsin's Model Railroading Index for HO, N, O, G (Garden), Z and S Scales

Updated on November 13, 2012
Model railroad at the Santa Clara train station.
Model railroad at the Santa Clara train station. | Source

© 2012 by Aurelio Locsin.

Model railroading brings the skills of running passenger trains, switching freight cars and driving steam locomotives into residential spaces, club rooms and back yards. The following details the joys and woes of the hobby by listing Alocsin’s hubs on the subject, categorizing them by scale. The latest efforts are shown under What’s New.

All Scales

The following applies to all types and sizes of model railroading.

G (Garden) Scale

A selection of hubs about G scale, which is also known as garden scale for its propensity to put layouts outdoors.

HO Scale

The following talks about the most popular model railroading scale.

N Scale

At half the proportions of HO, N scale packs in twice as much action into a model railroading layout as shown by the following hubs.

O Scale

The largest scale adds loads of detail to the hobby, as the following describes.

S Scale

Only slightly larger than HO, S scale offers slightly more detail as shown by the following.

Trolley Models

Among the advantages of trolleys are their smaller space requirements and right radii as shown by the following.

Z Scale

The smallest commercially available scale lets you run small consists in small bedrooms. Find out how with the following.

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      Kas 

      5 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Lol, I was just looking at train sets the other day alocsin. I'm still trying to decide how I want to start.....this may help me tremendously, I'm not sure yet. I guess I need to go through several links to figure it out. I'm voting this up as useful information for people who want to start something like this.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've always wanted to do this as a hobby but just never got around to it....it might happen if I ever retire from writing. Great information and I'll bookmark this for later reference.

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      kidscrafts 

      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      As a kid I was not allowed to touch the train set of my father...because I was a girl! My younger brother could play with it! The set my father used to have was a HO. So I vowed that later...when I would earn some money I would by myself a train set... and I did :-) It's the size Z...those tiny little trains. And I built all kind of little houses, etc. I suppose I was born in the wrong era ;-)

      Thanks for all the excellent information!

      Voted up and interesting!

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      alocsin 

      5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Those black metal Lionels are collector's items now, Marcy Goodfleisch.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      5 years ago from Planet Earth

      One of my favorite memories from childhood is the year my brother got a Lionel train - our Santa, being a big kid himself, set it up and played with it for hours while we were (supposedly) sleeping on Christmas Eve, but I was awake & could hear its whistle.

      The train was probably already a collector's item - it was the huge, heavy black metal engine from years ago, and all the cars & tracks were solid & sturdy. "Santa" mounted it on a 4x8 piece of plywood, and you could have a figure-eight track or an oval - nothing fancy. We played with it for years, and regularly let the engine knock over one of my little dolls, after which my 'nurse' doll would be deployed to give medical attention.

      If I could have one toy, I think it would be a vintage Lionel like that one!

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 years ago from USA

      I think you have sparked a new interest for me. I had no idea of the categories and intricacies of model trains. I will enjoy exporing your various hubs about this subject.

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      Shasta Matova 

      5 years ago from USA

      I've seen several model trains displays, and they are fascinating! You've provided quite a resource here. I hadn't realized you had written so many hubs about model trains.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I have always loved seeing model trains and the railroad sets.

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      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I'm going to use this as a model to write a recipe index. Thanks!

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      Tammy 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Anyone needing to purchase a train for Christmas needs to stop here first! This is a wealth of information. Impressive!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      My old man loves model trains and so do I. A great index and wealth of info Alocsin. Thanks pal. Have a great weekend!

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      Greg Johnson 

      6 years ago from Indianapolis

      Looks like a great idea having an indexing hub, Now I see how it works. I remember having a model railroad set a youngster,I'll have to check out your hubs and see which type I had, seem to have forgotten.

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      That's great, tsmog. Be sure and write a hub about it when you're done. I read somewhere that G is the fastest growing one right now.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      thank you Alocsin. Bookmarked for reference and guide. I will be researching the G-scale for my garden. Not sure when, but sounds iteresting for a project. Awesome

    • alocsin profile imageAUTHOR

      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'll probably write a hub about indexing, after gaining some experience with it.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Ah, yes, the indexing hub. I read about that in your other hub about the top-earning hubbers. I'll be curious to know how this works. :) Voted up and useful.

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