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HOn3 (1:87 narrow gauge Scale)

A History

HOn3’s history is relatively undocumented, however it likely made its first appearance around the time when scale modeling began to increase in popularity in the 1950s and 60s. Commonly used for replicating historic narrow gauge railroads such as the Denver and Rio Grande Western’s Colorado system, the scale has only recently been reflected in commercially available models.

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