Model trains have captured hobbyists for so long. It is a magnificent way to spend time and to express your artistic talent. There are many several aspect of model trains other then just collecting the locomotives. The model train hobby also includes building scenery as well as learning all the knowledge that goes along with model trains like scales and gauges.
The scale of a model train refers to the size of a model train to the large real prototype. The four most popular scales of model trains are G, O, HO, and N. G scale which has a ratio of 1:22 and the O scale which has a ratio of 1:48 are grouped together into the larger-scale trains category. They run on a No. 1 track. HO scale has a ratio of 1:87 and ot is half the size smaller then the O scale. HO literally stands for half an O. The N scale has a ratio of 1:160 and is a half a size smaller then the HO scale. They all have their purposes and good points. Other less popular scales are the S scale, the TT scale and the Z scale. The S scale has a ratio of 1:64. TT scale has a ratio of 1:120 which is slightly larger the N scale. And the Z scale has a ratio of 1:220 which is even smaller the n the N scale.
When model train enthusiasts talk about gauge, they are referring to the size of the track between the two rails of track. With so many different manufacturers making trains and tracks, they all had to agree upon certain sizes that would make so that trains and tracks were interchangeable. A standard gauge is usually four feet and eight and a half inches. A narrow gauge is a term used for rails that are closer together than the standard gauge. It is usually around three feet to three and a half feet.
Another large aspect of model trains is the sceneries. Train hobbyist place and run their trains through landscape layouts. These layouts can be designed and created to fit the vision of the hobbyist. They are free to include mountains, trees, rock formations, valleys hills or fields and meadows. A dramatic effect can include bodies of water like ponds, lakes, rivers, streams or even waterfalls. Figuring out where to pay your track with in your landscape is fun as well as creative. Your track can be laid in a way that enables your train to be continuously running in a loop. It can be laid in a basic oval shape, a figure eight, twice around which is two loops or in a dogbone shape. It is a good idea to lay your track in a wide curve so that the train does not derail.
Building model trains is such a large part of the world of hobbies. People young and old have gotten caught up in its thrill and excitement. One of the most exciting parts of building model trains is being able to share the experience with your kids or your grand kids.