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Old Yesterday, 12:47 PM   #1
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Who knows what's up with model trains? We want to start a Christmas tradition with my son. Start with some track and a few cars, and then add on year by year. I could see myself going nuts with a basement setup with road crossings, villages, paper mache mountains with tunnels, etc.

So, I like the little bit larger scale ones. Is HO a good option? That looks like the first scale large enough to share track sizes with the next two larger scales.

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Who knows what's up with model trains? We want to start a Christmas tradition with my son. Start with some track and a few cars, and then add on year by year. I could see myself going nuts with a basement setup with road crossings, villages, paper mache mountains with tunnels, etc.

So, I like the little bit larger scale ones. Is HO a good option? That looks like the first scale large enough to share track sizes with the next two larger scales.

O and HO are your more common ones. O are great for setting up around a tree. We started a similiar tradition in our house last year where we bought an O scale lionel set for around the tree and each year we add a few pieces to it. The O are a bit more robust for something like that due to their size. If you plan on builiding a table layout the HO should be just fine and much more budget friendly. Ive got a ton of HO from when I was a kid that one day i plan to build back up once we have kids.
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My dad has a few thousand dollars worth of train stuff from when I was younger, all O stuff. It was fun but the main problem was our dog had long hair and shed so the hair would get into the wheels and gears of the locomotive and mess up stuff. Most of the stuff we had was Lionel.
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I think HO is most popular. The hobby shop down the road from me back in the day had a nice display. Can't go wrong IMHO.
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HO sucks for around a Christmas tree where you deal with presents, especially if it isn't mounted to wood. I switched to an O gauge
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We always had trouble with our HO stuff. I think it was a little too small.

Good idea for a tradition though!

Today Amazon claims to have a deal on Lionel trains

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My Dad had just about every scale, including "G" running around the garden.
When we did the estate sale, the O was the first thing to go.
I believe my sister still has a lot of the HO stuff in boxes waiting for the right buyer.
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We have an O sized train that my son has been putting around the tree for the last two years, I think this year we'll get some extra track and more cars to spice it up a bit.
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Great, thanks guys, I think I'm leaning in the "O" direction now.
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O gauge for around the tree

HO for general train layouts

N for smaller layouts and "bookshelf" switchback layouts.


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'O' is easier for small hands to put the train on the track.
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