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The Most Popular Scale
The most popular scales are HO, OO (in the
UK), and N scale. Other well-known scales include O scale, G scale for garden railroaders,
and Z scale for anyone with only a small amount of room available for their hobby. There are
also some other scales and variations.
HO model trains have the widest audience and
largest use in the railroad modeling world. There are many reasons why so many people like
these trains, ranging from their moderate size to their accessible parts and components on
the market. Since HO scale trains are so popular, they can easily be found online at
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As mentioned previous, these trains are available nearly every place model trains
are sold. Their popularity have boosted the production market making the price fall and the
quantity increase. Due to the popularity, there is a wide selection of components.
These trains are available in all different types of kits. The simplest kits are
what modelers term as “ready-to-run.” These are simplistic because you can practically take the
train kit out of the box and run the train in a matter of minutes. This is great if you want a
model train quick and without the hassle of building it on your own. The factory does the work for
you. However, do understand that the quality of these “starter” train sets is not usually to the
same standard of trains and parts sold individually. They are mass-produced for a price.
A more moderate kit is the “shake-the-box.” These kits require some assembly by the
owner, but much less than putting the entire kit together from scratch. A kit like this is great to
learn on, and develop a knowledge of the basics of model railways.
More difficult kits are for more experienced modelers, hence the name “craftsman
kits.” These kits contain hundreds of parts and assembly is fairly difficult and challenging. As
you get more experienced with modeling you may not want to use kits anymore, but rather build
everything from scratch. However, the simplicity of kits and having a layout already organized for
you to put together is appealing.
Keys to having a good HO train:
If you would rather pick and choose your own locomotive to use for your HO railway then you will
need to know what to look for.
Locomotives are the most expensive purchase of the entire railway, unless you start getting
involved in special effects and huge scenic areas. You will want to find a locomotive that has very
conductive wheels. Cheap locomotives will only have a few conductive wheels on the front and end of
the piece. You want to avoid these locomotives if you want the most functionality from your trains.
Be sure to also select a locomotive with a good performing and sturdy engine. There are several
good brands on the market and there are several not so good brands. To decipher between the two, I
would do good research and reading of reviews.
Again, HO models are extremely popular and locomotive models are numerous and cheaper because
there is a larger supply.
Finding good models:
You may be modeling a certain prototype that is not that well known or popular, but modeling in
HO scale presents you with a wider range of possibilities. The model may not be available in any
other scales, but HO may carry it simply because of the popularity of the scale. HO scale allows
you to be more unique because more is readily available to you as the consumer. Use this advantage
to be more creative with your HO trains.
Use eBay, one of the largest websites for selling goods, to help you locate different components
for your HO train. If you can’t find it on eBay then I would recommend searching all over the web
for hobby websites. Amazon is another great resource because it
will help you locate individual sellers that have good trains at relatively low prices. And, not
forgetting CraigsList or the many online model train stores. The web has made buying and selling of
trains easier, so use it to its fullest potential.
DCC digital command control
In the past, train control systems largely worked by changing the electric current put to the
tracks, the newest in model railroad controlling is DCC, or Digital Command Control.
Model railroad DCC uses computer technology to power and control people's model railroads. Using
this system, the entire set-up is continuously under full current, and electronic commands are sent
over the tracks in a similar way to how a satellite system might use the internet or signals are
sent across telephone lines.
DCC model train systems require decoders to decode the information sent over the line. These
tiny programmable electronic chips can be easily purchased to control each of the locomotives in
the train system. Nowadays, some mid and high-level model locomotives can be purchased with the
decoder already fitted by the factory, eliminating the need for the consumer to purchase and
install their own.
Of all train control systems, digital command control allows the operator the most specific,
individualized control of their model railroad. With model railroad DCC, the user operates a
throttle that features several control buttons including a numeric keypad. Once the information
leaves the throttle, sometimes called the cab, it travels to a central DCC command station, where
it is fed to a booster, which is what creates the DCC signal that is fed to the tracks.
DCC model train systems are modular in design, meaning that there are several standardized parts
that may or may not fit the needs of the individual consumer, so can be pieced together to create a
truly customized system that best suits the model train engineer's needs.
When searching for train systems, there will be many factors for the consumer to consider. Model
railroad DCC systems can be contrasted on the basis of design, display, ability to control speed,
to select the locomotive to be controlled, the potential to operate certain accessories, the number
of amperes used while the unit is in use, the number of throttles that come standard with the
system, the ease of using the manual, and the availability of a warranty. Naturally, after all of
these various factors are researched and compared, price will probably also be a consideration, so
that should be included when comparing DCC model train control systems.
When it comes to control systems, there are many companies that offer excellent options and a
good selection of features. If a model railroad engineer is looking for an especially economical
digital command control system, both Lenz and Model Rectifier Corp. offer products that are easy on
the pocketbook. The Lenz Atlas Commander, for example, has many sought after features and comes
with a standard ten-year warranty, all for less than $200 for the entire system. The Prodigy
Express by Model Rectifier Corp is similarly priced, and although it only comes with a one-year
warranty, it has been rated significantly higher by independent consumers on several levels as
compared with Lenz. Unfortunately at the time of writing, this model does not come equipped with
computer interface, so it may not be the appropriate choice for high-level users.
Other companies that should be considered when shopping for train control systems include
Digitrax, NCE Corporation, and Zimo. Of these three, Zimo offers the ultimate in digital command
control technology, from top marks in all review areas, eight full amperes of electric current, and
an automatically included computer interface, to the included two-year warranty, a consumer is sure
to enjoy his or her model railroading experience with a model railroad DCC like this one.
Naturally, there many excellent mid-range systems which fall between these two extremes that should
certainly be taken into consideration before making such a truly important purchase.