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Congratulations! You have decided to become involved in hobby of model railroading. You really want to build your first train layout, but you don't know which scale to choose to model. The scale you choose to model will be determined by how much space you have allocated for your layout.
The term model railways uses to describe the real civilizations is "prototype". "Scale" is the comparative relationship between measurements of the model and the full size prototype it represents. The prototype paths are considered to be 1: 1 and the models are scaled down from this ratio. The second aspect of the model's size is "meter". This reflects the size of the space between the tracks on the track. There must be consistency in the hobby so that manufacturers can produce products that meet the customer's needs.
The two largest intervals are Z and N. A fifty foot full size locomotive measures 2 inches. People have built rockets in coffee tables and portfolios with Z-scale trains. N-scale has become very popular in modeling over the past decade or so. The ratio of the N scale is 1: 160. Many manufacturers have increased their product lines to meet the growing needs of N-scale railway engines.
The most popular scale for the model is by far the HO scale. A 50 foot locomotive is only 7 inches in length if done in the Ho scale. Most manufacturers have product lines on the HO scale, so buying only whatever equipment you want will not be a problem. Many basic starting train kits come on the HO scale, so chances are that this is what you decide to model in any case.
The following two sizes are S-scale and O-scale. The S-scale was popularized by the American Flyer model train model. S Scale is still manufactured by several manufacturers. The O-scale is very popular and is classified in the category "toy trains". O-scale tracks have a third rail that goes down the middle of the track. The O scale is 1:48 of the prototype. The 50 foot locomotive will be 12 inches long in the O Scale. Lionel is a well-known brand that makes products for O Scale.
The largest waves used in the model's rail hobbies are classified as "large-scale trains". There are some different scales that come in this category. All models in large-scale train ratings are run on Gauge 1 track. For 1:29 share, 50 feet locomotive measures 20 inches. Large-scale trains are perfect for running outdoors in which models call gardeners. They are also popular at Christmas time to run under a decorated Christmas tree.
Since you are interested in building your first model railroad, you will probably choose to build a layout in either the N-scale or the HO scale. Both of these scales have more than enough products made to support it. Initial HO scale layouts can be built on a 4 x 8 foot plywood table, while an N scale layout can be built on a hollow core door. N-scale would be a good choice if you want to drive trains with more rolling stock (freight cars or passenger cars) and / or want to model realistic mountain scenery. Because of its small size, the N-scale can allow you to have landscapes that are proportional to the trains running through it.
No matter which scale you decide to model, you will be able to build a nice model railway layout. Remember that model railroading is a fun hobby. You will learn a lot on the road and have a nice time doing it!