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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 O Gauge Postwar Freight Cars: 2458, 2452, 2457 & 2555 (4) Box
Lionel O Gauge Postwar Freight Cars: 2458,  2452,  2457 & 2555 (4) Box
Price: $131.00 (21 Bids)
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MTH Rail King 30-20403-1 Wilm&W SW1500 Switcher Diesel Engine w Proto-Sound 3.0
MTH Rail King 30-20403-1  Wilm&W SW1500 Switcher Diesel Engine w Proto-Sound 3.0
Price: $350.00 (0 Bids)
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LIONEL DINER #442 ILLUMINATED-WORK
LIONEL DINER #442 ILLUMINATED-WORK
Price: $99.99 (0 Bids)
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Lionel X2758 Boxcar from 1945 Flying Shoes with Deep Dish Wheels
Lionel X2758 Boxcar from 1945 Flying Shoes with Deep Dish Wheels
Price: $119.00 (0 Bids)
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Arttista Food Details for Picnic Table #1468 - O Scale On30 On3 Figures People
Arttista Food Details for Picnic Table #1468 - O Scale On30 On3 Figures People
Price: $18.00 (0 Bids)
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Arttista Redwood Lawn Chair #1469 - O Scale On30 On3 Figures People Artista New
Arttista Redwood Lawn Chair #1469 - O Scale On30 On3 Figures People Artista New
Price: $12.00 (0 Bids)
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Lefton 01604 Smokey Bear Billboard for model RR
Lefton 01604 Smokey Bear Billboard for model RR
Price: $25.00 (0 Bids)
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NEW IN BOX LIONEL TRAINS 6-19247 6464 BOX CAR SERIES - EDITION ONE
NEW IN BOX LIONEL TRAINS 6-19247 6464 BOX CAR SERIES - EDITION ONE
Price: $435.00
Buy It Now: $578.00
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MTH Premier O Trains #206814 Santa Fe Crane Tender Car 20-95196
MTH Premier O Trains #206814 Santa Fe Crane Tender Car 20-95196
Price: $64.00 (0 Bids)
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Lionel U.S. Coast Guard Flatcar # 6-39396 Made in USA
Lionel U.S. Coast Guard Flatcar # 6-39396 Made in USA
Price: $58.99 (0 Bids)
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LIONEL POSTWAR 6406 UNMARKED MAROON FLAT CAR W ORIGINAL YELLOW AUTOMOBILE
LIONEL POSTWAR 6406 UNMARKED MAROON FLAT CAR W ORIGINAL YELLOW AUTOMOBILE
Price: $35.00 (0 Bids)
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ORIGINAL PLASTICVILLE LM-3 FREIGHT STATION KIT IN ORIGINAL BOX, EX Condition
ORIGINAL PLASTICVILLE LM-3 FREIGHT STATION KIT IN ORIGINAL BOX,  EX Condition
Price: $11.99 (0 Bids)
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LIONEL MKT 8000 GALLON TANKER KATY TCA
LIONEL MKT 8000 GALLON  TANKER KATY TCA
Price: $35.00 (0 Bids)
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American Flyer Pre War Set #1349RT "Daniel Boone" (Train Only)
American Flyer Pre War Set #1349RT "Daniel Boone" (Train Only)
Price: $48.00
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MTH RAIL KING O SCALE FLOODLIGHT TOWER SET O GAUGE train 2 lighting 30-11039 NEW
MTH RAIL KING O SCALE FLOODLIGHT TOWER SET O GAUGE train 2 lighting 30-11039 NEW
Price: $84.84 (0 Bids)
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