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OO Scalers In The U.S.A.
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 Posted: Fri Oct 5th, 2018 08:54 pm
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Kyle Moore
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OO Scale is THE scale in the UK, and there are those who enjoy the scale in Australia, and Canada. 

Now while I enjoy US railroads I tend to enjoy the looks of UK steam and am in the process of building a OO scale layout. 

Right now I am in the acquire what I need phase as I move into a house in January after the family that currently lives there moves out as I have closed on the place. 

Been buying from Ebay and Hornby USA a lot as of late.


I have the plan in "Track Planning" as "On30 plan" as I thought about an On30 layout which I have relegated to a shelf layout plan.


Is there any good resources in the USA to learn about OO scale modelling? 

Any distributors besides Hornby USA? 




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 Posted: Tue Oct 9th, 2018 01:29 am
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There used to be OO scale in the US and it was relatively popular, but it has been supplanted by modern HO scale trains.  

In the US, it seems that medium-sized scales declined into small niche-areas of the hobby, 
as modelers on this continent shifted to smaller (Z, N, HO) and larger (O, 1:29, 1:22.5, and 1:20.3 large scales).

IMO, more people here need to experience OO.  
If you don't have space in the garden for G scale, OO is typically up to the challenge for garden railroading.  
Heck, apparently we can even have live steam in OO size!

That being said, all I was able to find was a contact for the NMRA OO SIG (Special Interest Group).  
From the website:

Paul Magnussen 
3115 S. 11th St. 
Tacoma, WA 98405 
(253) 272-9069

Maybe write to the address and see if he's still active?  
Apparently this SIG prints a quarterly newsletter, so it may be worth a shot.

Other than that, there's very little left of OO in this country.  
I've seen a few pieces of rolling stock and locomotives at train shows, but we're talking about 1 piece out of thousands for sale.

Hand laid track and scratch building could be done, but it seems that going with HO scale would save a lot of time.





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