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HO Model Railroad question, Is there a curved bridge section for sale?

I have an elevated 18 inch radius curved track. I want two or three curved bridge sections. But all I can find for sale in shops are STRAIGHT bridge sections. They are inexpensive, but I really need a CURVED bridge … Continue reading

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Ho model trains is 1/87Th scale.When building Ho model buildings what measurement equals one foot?

When building Ho model buildings what measurement would equal one foot In HO scale, 3.5 millimetres represents 1 real foot; this awkward ratio works out to about 1:87.086. In HO, rails are usually spaced 16.5 millimeters apart which models the … Continue reading

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Do you have problems with your HO trains falling off the track?

All scales of trains can have problems staying on the track. Most of the time the problem is wheels out alignment and track problems. NMRA makes a device for checking wheel guage, switch points, etc. It can quickly help you … Continue reading

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what kind of ho scale train cars would be the best for a train set that is ho scale?

trains fright cars box cars ho scale If you are wanting to build a freight train, I like Athearn’s freight cars. If passenger is your desire, Bachmann sells some really nice and inexpensive cars. some useful links http://www.walthers.com (get their … Continue reading

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What is the best way to strip paint off of a brass HO scale model train locomotive?

I recently aqcuired some brass HO scale engines. I have never had brass, and the paint schemes that the previous owner had do not match my era. How do I strip the paint effectively without obviously damaging anything? Thanks! Now, … Continue reading

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What is the difference between scales on model trains?

What’s the difference between what’s called HO scale model trains and N scale model trains? Which is easier to find? Which is more popular? My oldest son is almost at the age where we can start doing projects and I … Continue reading

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Weathering HO model railroad ?

How do you weather tracks and or cars.Would like links? Equipment weathering is usually done by air-brush. There is also spray cans of “Instant Weathering” available at most Hobby shops that cater to modeling. I would start with the NMRA … Continue reading

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Model railway terms. What do NCE and DCC mean?

Have learned (at 80 that digital trains co-exist with older analogue. Am real beginner and answer to suit a 10 year old would be appreciaed. Are there other terms relating to HO that I should know? DCC is Digital Command … Continue reading

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