HO Scale model trains-Bachmann-Athearn-Atlas

HO Scale model trains-Bachmann-Athearn-Atlas

HO scale model trains are a popular type of model railroad that originated in the United Kingdom in the 1930s. The name "HO" comes from the scale's original name, "Half O," which was later shortened to just "HO." Today, HO scale is one of the most widely used model train scales in the world.

Key Features:

  • Scale: 1:87 (3.5 mm to 1 foot)
  • Track gauge: 16.5 mm (0.65 in)
  • Prototype: Standard gauge railways (4 ft 8.5 in or 1,435 mm)
  • Popular manufacturers: Bachmann, Atlas, Athearn, Kato, and Märklin
    ** Era:** Typically models railways from the 1950s to the present day


  • Smaller than O scale, but larger than N scale
  • More detailed than N scale, but less detailed than O scale
  • Suitable for medium-sized layouts and home layouts
  • Wide range of accessories and scenery available
  • Easy to find compatible products from various manufacturers


  • Space-saving: HO scale models are ideal for smaller spaces, such as apartments or small rooms
  • Affordable: HO scale models are generally less expensive than O scale or larger scales
  • Diverse: HO scale offers a wide range of models, accessories, and scenery
  • Community: Large and active community of HO scale modelers worldwide

    HO scale model trains offer a great balance between detail, space requirements, and affordability, making them an excellent choice for model railroaders of all levels. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced modeler, HO scale provides a wide range of options and opportunities for creative expression.
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