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History of The OO Scale

OO Scale is the most popular standard-gauge model railroad track used to make model railways in the UK. OO Scale uses track that is 16.5 mm gauge.

Bing launched the OO scale in 1921 as “The Table Railway” with all the locomotives being powered by clockwork, the first electric power locomotives appeared in 1923. In 1932 Bing closed but the scale continued to be made by Trix. The Meccano Company launched a range of OO scale models named Hornby Dublo which continues to be the UK's most popular scale. The OO scale showed up for only 4 years in the United States when Lionel released its first models in 1938 lack of interest lead Lionel to discontinue the scale.

HO scale and OO scale run on the same track but the British models (OO scale) are larger then their American and European counterparts so they can not run properly on each others track.

Hornby Railways and Bachmann Branchline dominate the UK's market for OO scale over other scales simply by having more readily available starter sets and ready-to-run stock.

Marklin 34373 DB Electric Locomotive Br 101 Black "Starlight Express" DELTA
Marklin 34373 DB Electric Locomotive Br 101 Black "Starlight Express"  DELTA
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Expo Modelmakers Scale Rule 7mm O Gauge # 74107
Expo Modelmakers Scale Rule 7mm O Gauge # 74107
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5002 Model Scene Accessories Ballast Bins 3pcs for OO HO Gauges - New UK
5002 Model Scene Accessories Ballast Bins 3pcs for OO HO Gauges - New UK
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Vintage HORNBY Dublo D3 Junction Signals (Upper Quadrant) 00 Gauge Boxed #32132
Vintage HORNBY Dublo D3 Junction Signals (Upper Quadrant) 00 Gauge Boxed #32132
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P&D Marsh OO Gauge Z23 Row boat with man rowing and woman passenger PAINTED
P&D Marsh OO Gauge Z23 Row boat with man rowing and woman passenger PAINTED
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P&D Marsh OO Gauge PW156 Man fishing from boat requires painting
P&D Marsh OO Gauge PW156 Man fishing from boat requires painting
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California Model CO. Railroad Warehouse Building kit HO gauge Corrugated Metal
California Model CO. Railroad Warehouse Building kit HO gauge Corrugated Metal
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oo gauge airfix 6 kits Brake Van Esso tank wagon 2 Zoo RAF emergency Bloodhound
oo gauge airfix 6 kits Brake Van Esso tank wagon 2 Zoo  RAF emergency Bloodhound
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R4696 Hornby OO Gauge K-Type Pullman First Class Kitchen Car 'Joan'
R4696 Hornby OO Gauge K-Type Pullman First Class Kitchen Car 'Joan'
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R4693 Hornby OO Gauge K-Type Pullman Third Class Parlour Brake Car 'Car No.'78'
R4693 Hornby OO Gauge K-Type Pullman Third Class Parlour Brake Car 'Car No.'78'
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Hornby: The Official Illustrated History
Hornby: The Official Illustrated History
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OO gauge Timber and Log Loads - Knight Wing - PM105
OO gauge Timber and Log Loads - Knight Wing - PM105
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Illuminated Fuel Forecourt Sign Board 'Texaco' - Unpainted - Langley F226
Illuminated Fuel Forecourt Sign Board 'Texaco' - Unpainted - Langley F226
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Water Troughs & Boards - OO scenery accessories Ratio 255 - F1
Water Troughs & Boards - OO scenery accessories Ratio 255 - F1
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Horse Drawn Covered 70ft Narrow Boat Craftline - HD70 - OO balsa kit
Horse Drawn Covered 70ft Narrow Boat Craftline - HD70 - OO balsa kit
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