If you are on the lookout for a new, entertaining and interesting hobby you cannot go wrong with Model Trains. Model trains are a hobby that can require a lot of attention to detail and depending on how much you want to get out of the hobby, it also helps to have a love of the machines that are represented.
Model train scales can be quite confusing to the newcomer to the hobby.When starting out you may be totally confused when you see an “N” or “G” or “HO” prominently displayed in the name of the train that you are considering, these letters are not mistakes, but refer to the model train scale.This is a representation of the relationship between the size of the actual train and the model. A model that is 1:29 scale is one 29th the size of the actual train. Gauge refers to the size of the railroad track.Model trains is a hobby that is very popular all over the globe, this also means that the model train scales are pretty standard, no matter where you are.
We will try to help you make sense of those strange letters that represent the model train scales, and try to guide you in choosing the scale that suits your needs.
Digital Command Control (DCC)
Digital Command Control (DCC) is a way of controlling locomotives on a model railroad layout.Using this system you can have many locomotives on the same section of track.
You can have more than one person operating a locomotive at the same time.
In this section I will provide information about the best way to use a DCC system.If you already have a model train layout you can change this to a DCC system without too much trouble. Imagine having three or four locomotives running on your layout at the same time.
Model trains is a hobby that will give you many hours of enjoyment and building model railway layouts is another area of the hobby that you will enjoy. Designing and building a model railway layout can include a number of steps and will entail some work. As your love of the hobby increases you will find that building a model railway layout is not work at all, but will end up being a passion.
In this section we will provide some guides and information on designing and building your own model railway layouts.
As mentioned before when starting with model trains as a hobby you will have to choose from the many model train scales. Which one is right for you. It is best to do some research before deciding. One of the factors to be taken into consideration when looking at model train scales is how much room you have, if you choose ‘N’ scale, you will be able to fit more into your space than with ‘HO’ scale. However ‘N’ scale locomotives are a lot smaller than ‘HO’ scale locomotives, and may cause you problems if you decide to install DCC Decoders.
In this section we will introduce you to the more common model train scales that are available, we will also give you information that will assist you in the decision making process when deciding what model train scale you will follow.