HO scale model train cars are the most popular scale of the model railway in the world. Because the HO scale is more delicate than the O scale, it allows modelers to fit more details and more scale miles into their model railway. Learn a little more about the HO scale and how it became popular.
The HO model was created to be half of the size of the O scale to be more accessible to more people after the First World War. The model first appeared in the United Kingdom but gained its popularity in the United States. In the 1950s, HO challenged the market dominance of the O scale because it was able to fit in smaller homes and was much cheaper to manufacture than the O scale. As the 1960s arrived, it overtook the O scale in popularity and manufacturers who were once loyal to the O scale began to make and distribute HO trains.
Today, HO is the most popular model railroad scale in continental Europe and North America. Many different locomotives, cars, carriages, buildings, scenery, and other accessories are available in the HO scale from many different manufacturers. Models are usually available in ready-to-run, shake-the-box kit, and craftsman kits.