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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.

Atlas 6070 O54 Left-hand Remote Switch Track NOB
Atlas 6070 O54 Left-hand Remote Switch Track NOB
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Lionel O Ga 237 Steam Locomotive RUNS
Lionel O Ga 237 Steam Locomotive RUNS
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AMT American Model Trains #34922 AT & SF Super Chief Boxcar
AMT American Model Trains #34922 AT & SF  Super Chief Boxcar
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O LIONEL FLAT CAR RAILROAD TRACK JUNK WORK CABOOSE CUSTOM LOAD COLLECT GIFT
O LIONEL FLAT CAR RAILROAD TRACK JUNK WORK CABOOSE CUSTOM LOAD COLLECT GIFT
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O SCALE LIONEL Caboose GRAFITTI COLLECTIBLE CUSTOM COLOR GIFT
O SCALE LIONEL Caboose GRAFITTI COLLECTIBLE CUSTOM COLOR GIFT
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Millers Engineering Custom Rotating Animated Neon Sign O HO Scale #55-085
Millers Engineering Custom Rotating Animated Neon Sign O HO Scale #55-085
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Vintage Lionel Trains Toys O Gauge Scale No. 364C Control Switch
Vintage Lionel Trains Toys O Gauge Scale No. 364C Control Switch
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Two Lionel Train signs . Vintage look.
 Two Lionel  Train  signs . Vintage look.
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Lionel RCS Remote Control Track SET + Controllers x 2 NEW WIRE H
Lionel RCS Remote Control Track SET + Controllers x 2 NEW WIRE H
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Lionel Trains 6-2317 Operating Remote Control Drawbridge NEW IN BOX RARE Vintage
Lionel Trains 6-2317 Operating Remote Control Drawbridge NEW IN BOX RARE Vintage
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Lionel # 6-8155 & 8156 Monon U36B Diesels
Lionel # 6-8155 & 8156 Monon U36B Diesels
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K-line "O" Coke S-2 Diesel Engine
K-line "O"  Coke S-2 Diesel Engine
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Marx Tin 3552 B & O Gondola Car MIB UNRUN
Marx Tin 3552 B & O Gondola  Car   MIB  UNRUN
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Lionel X6034 Billboard Baby Ruth postwar boxcar with PRR pennsylvania markings
Lionel X6034 Billboard Baby Ruth postwar boxcar with PRR pennsylvania markings
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6483 Lcca Caboose 1982 Jersey Central Lionel Tca
6483 Lcca Caboose 1982 Jersey Central Lionel Tca
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