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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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  • Era Focus: Modeling the Transitional Age

    Era Focus: Modeling the Transitional Age

    The Transitional Age (1940-1970) was an era of contrasts, struggles, and massive technological developments. Beginning at the start of World War Two, railroading’s future was looking up. Following a slow but steady decline in passenger revenues during the previous decade (thanks to the development of the automobile) passenger and freight numbers…

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  • 5 Easy Maintenance Tips for Smooth Operation

    5 Easy Maintenance Tips for Smooth Operation

    One of the great things about model railroading is the ever-increasing durability of available products. Most new or recent locomotives, rolling stock, and track, will likely yield many years of enjoyable use, with minimal maintenance required. However, to ensure a long lifespan for your collection, some basic TLC will always be needed. By keeping on top of a few easy but essential…

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  • Weathering Your Track for Realism

    Weathering Your Track for Realism

    Tracks are arguably the most important component of your scenery. Without them, your trains would have nowhere to go! When attempting a realistic scene however, adding detail to track can easily be overlooked. This is forgivable, as most commercially available track does come molded in generally correct color tones, however when placed into a highly detailed scene, even the best track…

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