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HO Scale (1:87), HO Scale Trains

A History

In a bid to offer a small model railroad scale suitable for use in homes of all sizes, German manufacturer Bing released the Table-top Railway in 1922. Today, HO remains the most popular scale worldwide, with a large and varied selection of realistic models from countries across the globe.

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    50 Years of Amtrak

    Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue could accurately describe May 1, 1971, Amtrak Day One. On that date the entire US long-distance passenger network became nationalized. The only really “new” element on that date was the partially-completed organizational...

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  • The Modern Era (1970-2021)

    The Modern Era (1970-2021)

    Following the Transitional Era, railroads were no longer the primary method for moving people and goods; they now had to adapt by shedding unprofitable services and aggressively embrace new freight car designs, partner with shippers to advance unit train operations and improve diesel-electric motive power designs.

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  • Up and Over: How to Build a Bridge for Your Model Train Layout

    Up and Over: How to Build a Bridge for Your Model Train Layout

    A significant moment in your model railroading journey is when you start thinking about your layout as more than just pieces of track on a level surface. We previously covered how to build realistic hills and mountains for your layout. And while that allows for elements like tunnels, it also creates space for you to raise the height of your tracks...

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