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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.

Truck holder for Lionel tank cars
Truck holder for Lionel tank cars
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Lionel 8900 Santa Fe 4-6-4 Die-Cast Steam Locomotive Engine Tender
Lionel 8900 Santa Fe 4-6-4 Die-Cast Steam Locomotive Engine Tender
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Vintage Early PLASTICVILLE Farm Buildings & Animals 1617 In Its Original Box
Vintage Early PLASTICVILLE Farm Buildings & Animals 1617 In Its Original Box
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Lionel # 9513 Penn Square Passenger Car
Lionel # 9513 Penn Square Passenger Car
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RAIL KING MTH Electric Trains Baltimore & Ohio B&O Box Car In Original Box
RAIL KING MTH Electric Trains Baltimore & Ohio B&O Box Car In Original Box
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K Line Union Pacific Flat Car
K Line Union Pacific Flat Car
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Lionel 6-29980 Elvis Presley Box Car O 027 Made in U.S.A. 2012 35th Anniversary
Lionel 6-29980 Elvis Presley Box Car O 027 Made in U.S.A. 2012 35th Anniversary
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MTH Train 20-97230 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car NIB RARE
MTH Train 20-97230 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car NIB RARE
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30-74464 MTH Train Pittsburgh KDKA TV Box Car O Scale
30-74464 MTH Train Pittsburgh KDKA TV Box Car O Scale
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20-94124 MTH Train Coors Light Beer Operating Reefer Car O Scale
20-94124 MTH Train Coors Light Beer Operating Reefer Car O Scale
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20-91367 MTH Train Steel Caboose Center Cupola Chessie Car O Scale
20-91367 MTH Train Steel Caboose Center Cupola Chessie Car O Scale
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30-76318 MTH Train Pennsylvania Flat Car w Pipes O Scale
30-76318 MTH Train Pennsylvania Flat Car w Pipes O Scale
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20-97236 MTH Train PA West Virginia Ore Car O Scale
20-97236 MTH Train PA West Virginia Ore Car O Scale
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MTH Train O Scale Stock Car Missouri Pacific 30-7191 NIB
MTH Train O Scale  Stock Car Missouri Pacific 30-7191 NIB
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MTH Train O Scale Operating Box Car w Signal Man Sponge Bob 30-79068 NIB
MTH Train O Scale Operating Box Car w Signal Man Sponge Bob 30-79068 NIB
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