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Hello : As a person who has not had a train set since he was a kid, would danyone care to define the different scales used in model train terms? this must also confuse other total beginners what is difference betweeen z & ho?
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Z is extremely tiny
(1:220)

HO is quite a bit larger (1:87)
 

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OO is 1:76...4mm/ft

O is 1:43.5....7mm/ft

S is 1:64

3mm [TT] is 1:100

a skeg through any of the 'starter' manuals will have this info....
 

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QUOTE (daveg @ 13 Jan 2008, 20:14) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hello : As a person who has not had a train set since he was a kid, would danyone care to define the different scales used in model train terms? this must also confuse other total beginners what is difference betweeen z & ho?
regards daveg
Hello Dave,

It would probably be helpful to you to know which are the most popular scales, and therefore the most widely available and offer the greatest variety of models. Globally the biggest two scales today are H0/HO/OO (1:87 or 1:76 in the UK) followed by N scale (1:160), but this is not to say that there aren't people who model in other scales. I would suggest to all beginners to look at these scales first. What sort of prototype are you interested in?

Hope this helps,
 
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