O scale is regaining former popularity. The well known Hornby tinplate trains of the pre 1960’s were O gauge (32mm). In the past (about 100 years ago), the model train sizes were referred to by numbers. Gauge 3, gauge 2 and gauge 1 (45mm) being the smallest. So when a smaller size was introduced, the “baby” trains were known as 0 gauge. Today 0 or O gauge is considered large and few really have the room for it inside. Models are to 1:43 (UK) to 1:48 (US). HO gets it’s name from being Half O scale. In Australia, O gauge is mostly used by modellers who build trains from detailed kits or from ‘scratch’ (raw materials). Very little is available off the shelf in ready to run form.
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