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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.

Lionel Train 494 Rotating Beacon, Red Tower
Lionel Train 494 Rotating Beacon,  Red Tower
Price: $59.95 (0 Bids)
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MTH BAR GP38-2 #81; 20-2227-1 - 3-rail rt
MTH BAR GP38-2 #81; 20-2227-1 - 3-rail rt
Price: $150.00 (0 Bids)
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MTH N&W Auxiliary Tender #220106, 20-3620 - 3-rail rt
MTH N&W Auxiliary Tender #220106,  20-3620 - 3-rail rt
Price: $200.00 (0 Bids)
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MTH Amtrak Genesis #204, 20-2529-1 - 3-rail rt
MTH Amtrak Genesis #204,  20-2529-1 - 3-rail rt
Price: $250.00 (1 Bids)
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Lionel O Gauge New York Central 749592 Gondola Car
Lionel O Gauge New York Central 749592 Gondola Car
Price: $15.00 (0 Bids)
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MARX 396 ENGINE AND NYC TENDER AND 4 WORK CARS
MARX 396 ENGINE AND NYC TENDER AND 4 WORK CARS
Price: $130.00 (0 Bids)
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Sale!! LIONEL Ballyhoo Bros CHASE GONDOLA Blue DANGER O O-27 Gauge RARE New!
Sale!! LIONEL Ballyhoo Bros CHASE GONDOLA Blue DANGER O O-27 Gauge RARE New!
Price: $32.00 (0 Bids)
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Lionel Trains FRONT TRUCK 646 665 685 2046 2056 2055 2065 Engine O 027 Gauge NEW
Lionel Trains FRONT TRUCK 646 665 685 2046 2056 2055 2065 Engine O 027 Gauge NEW
Price: $14.99 (0 Bids)
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LIONEL TRAIN 1130 2034 247 248 249 250 SCOUT REAR TRUCK Postwar O 027 Gauge Part
LIONEL TRAIN 1130 2034 247 248 249 250 SCOUT REAR TRUCK Postwar O 027 Gauge Part
Price: $9.99 (0 Bids)
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LIONEL TRAINS 0209 RARE Pull-Apart 2 PIECE WINE BARRELS Prewar O 027 Gauge Part
LIONEL TRAINS 0209 RARE Pull-Apart 2 PIECE WINE BARRELS Prewar O 027 Gauge Part
Price: $14.99 (0 Bids)
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LIONEL TRAINS 3927 TRACK CLEAN CAR WHITE SPONGE & WIPER SET Postwar O 027 Gauge
LIONEL TRAINS 3927 TRACK CLEAN CAR WHITE SPONGE & WIPER  SET Postwar O 027 Gauge
Price: $9.99 (0 Bids)
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LIONEL TRAIN 1001 1110 1060 SCOUT FRONT & REAR TRUCK Postwar O 027 Gauge Part
LIONEL TRAIN 1001 1110 1060  SCOUT FRONT & REAR TRUCK Postwar O 027 Gauge Part
Price: $19.99 (0 Bids)
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LIONEL TRAINS 675 2025 2026 2035 2037 PILOT FRONT TRUCK O 027 Gauge Postwar Part
LIONEL TRAINS 675 2025 2026 2035 2037 PILOT FRONT TRUCK O 027 Gauge Postwar Part
Price: $9.99 (0 Bids)
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LIONEL TRAINS 3927 TRACK CLEAN CAR GREY SPONGE & WIPER SET Postwar O 027 Gauge
LIONEL TRAINS 3927 TRACK CLEAN CAR GREY SPONGE & WIPER SET Postwar O 027 Gauge
Price: $9.99 (0 Bids)
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?O LIONEL POSTWAR 6024 SHREDDED WHEAT & 6050 SWIFTS BOXCAR-NICE?- L?K -W125
?O LIONEL POSTWAR 6024 SHREDDED WHEAT & 6050 SWIFTS BOXCAR-NICE?- L?K -W125
Price: $22.54 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 32m