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The initial model trains were introduced approximately 1840, while the first electric trains appeared about the turn of the 20th century. They actually started getting notice from the early 1920s when several department stores began using the electric powered model trains in their Christmas window displays. The concept of model railroading being a hobby definitely began gaining in popularity in the later 1920s and early on 1930s.

In the usa this hobby is referred to as model railroading in the UK, Canada and Australia it is described as railway modeling.

The terminologies scale and gauge are sometimes misused and transposed.

 

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Scale means the ratio between the size of a actual or full size train and that of a model train. For instance, HO scale is the most popular and it has a ratio of 1:87 which means that 1 foot (30.5 cm) on the model equates to 87 feet (26.5 m) of a full size train. Scales usually are represented by letters such as HO, N, O, etc. which will equal the numerous ratios of the miniatures to the full size real thing.

Gauge is the length between the two rails of track. Almost all of the railroad tracks in the world have what is referred to as standard gauge, which is a track gauge of 4 feet 8 ½ inches or 1,435 mm. There's also narrow gauge railways that have a gauge or length less than standard gauge and also you'll find broad gauge railways which have a gauge wider than standard gauge.
Only to confuse you further in scale modeling each and every scale could have a variety of track gauges.

Scale ratios of scales posted on our website:
G scale= 1:22.5
HO scale= 1:87
N scale= 1:148, 1:160, 1:150 (Jap)
O scale= 1:48 (US), 1:43.5 (UK), 1:45 (Eur)
OO scale= 1:76
S scale= 1:64
Z scale= 1:220

Brass
Brass model trains in the beginning originated in Japan. Mainly then and today in HO scale, the first brass model trains from the late 1940s were entirely made by hand remarkably accurate and exact. That's why some of the early designs have grown to be many of the most sought-after collectors items and can bring in as much as tens of thousands of dollars at auction these days. Many of the brass model trains these days come out of production plants in South Korea. The brass model trains have been frequently produced in short runs of 150 or less and decorated with particular train lines such as "Santa Fe" or "Union Pacific" helping to make them more unique.

Steam
Even though early on railroading had been based on steam engine locomotives, not very many model trains were actually steam driven. The early models were really rather dangerous.
Nevertheless, many of the model train makers made an effort to duplicate both the choo choo noise as well as the smoke puffing. They achieved this with both petroleum based scented fluids, smoke pellets and hot wire smoking mechanisms.


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