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Brief History of 0 Scale

The 0 scale was introduced around 1900 by toy maker Marklin it ran on a three-rail alternating current gauge. The 0 scale got it's name from being smaller then gauge 1 and it was believed that it would be impossible to make a toy train any smaller then the 0 scale.

Manufacturers such as American Flyer, Ives Manufacturing Company and Lionel were using 0 scale as their budget line of trains in the United States. When the Great Depression hit it completely crushed the market for the larger more expensive trains making the 0 scale the standard model railroad system.

Pre-World War II saw wild variations as train manufactures focused more on the fun whimsical aspects of the trains. Few trains followed any standards or were properly scaled. After World War II the manufacturers started paying attention to details and created more realistically scaled locomotives and rolling stock. Over the years the 0 scale trains have continued to become more realistic.

MINNEAPOLIS, NORTHFIELD & SOUTHERN BOX CAR (6-9480): 1983, Lionel Trains.
MINNEAPOLIS,  NORTHFIELD & SOUTHERN BOX CAR  (6-9480):  1983,  Lionel Trains.
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Plasticville 1992 Two Story House Kit #45622
Plasticville 1992 Two Story House Kit #45622
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K-Line Chattahoochee 1990 Dixie Division Palmetto Chapter Commemorative Gondola
K-Line Chattahoochee 1990 Dixie Division Palmetto Chapter Commemorative Gondola
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Williams 43353 PRR 72 Ft. Heavyweight Passenger 4-Pack
Williams 43353 PRR 72 Ft. Heavyweight Passenger 4-Pack
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Lionel 1982 Philadelphia Mint Car#7517 MINT
Lionel 1982 Philadelphia Mint Car#7517 MINT
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Lionel 1981 Ball Glass Jars Reefer #5705 MINT
Lionel 1981 Ball Glass Jars Reefer #5705 MINT
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Lionel 1981 Pizza Hut Reefer #7511 MINT
Lionel 1981 Pizza Hut Reefer #7511 MINT
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Lionel 1973 Milwaukee Road 4-4-2 Locomotive #8305 + #2465 Tender
Lionel 1973 Milwaukee Road 4-4-2 Locomotive #8305 + #2465 Tender
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Lionel 1981 Northern American Despatch Reefer MINT
Lionel 1981 Northern American Despatch Reefer MINT
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Lionel 1941 2-4-2 Locomotive with Tender #258
Lionel 1941 2-4-2 Locomotive with Tender #258
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Lionel 1975 L.C.C.A. Seaboard Coast Line Flat Car GHE Trailers #9212
Lionel 1975 L.C.C.A. Seaboard Coast Line Flat Car GHE Trailers  #9212
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Lionel 1980 Bay Car XIII Olympic Winter Games Item #OWGX MINT
Lionel 1980 Bay Car XIII Olympic Winter Games Item #OWGX MINT
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Lionel 1990 Sealand TTUX Flatcar Set #16322 MINT
Lionel 1990 Sealand TTUX Flatcar Set #16322 MINT
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Lionel 1993 Perils of Mickey Hi-Cube Box Car #2 #19262 MINT
Lionel 1993 Perils of Mickey Hi-Cube Box Car #2 #19262 MINT
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Lionel Atlanta 40th Anniversary Car LCDL 1981
Lionel Atlanta 40th Anniversary Car LCDL 1981
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