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O Scale Model Railroad Locomotives

O scale model railroad locomotives are a common type of model train. They come in a variety of types, colors, and materials, including replicas of steam, coal, and diesel-powered trains. They are often seen during the Christmas season or inside the house being enjoyed for design aesthetic, historical value, or play.

What is an O scale model locomotive?

An O Scale model locomotive is a type of model train that runs on A/C electricity. Also referred to as an O gauge locomotive, O scale models are widely produced and are the quintessential Christmas toy train. They drive on three-rail tracks and are one of the largest scales available, utilizing a 1-to-48 ratio for their dimensions. This means that every one inch on the model represents 48 inches on the actual railroad car.

Many of these steam locomotives and diesel trains are meant to be played with as toys. Because of their large size, O scale railroad cars are able to be produced in much more realistic detail than their smaller counterparts.

What are model locomotives made out of?

Railroad cars are designed for both collectors and for children's toys. Their materials vary depending on their intended purpose.

  • Die-cast locomotives: These sets are geared towards collectors or historical train-enthusiasts. They are made by pouring a liquid metal like zinc or lead into a mold and letting it cool. Additional parts made out of plastic, glass, or other metals are then affixed to make the engine, tender, and other pieces look more realistic. They are often heavier than the train sets that are intended for entertainment purposes.
  • Toy trains: O gauge models designed for children to play with are often made out of plastic or wood. They run on the same tracks as their die-cast counterparts. They can still have a great deal of detail and look great for decoration as well.
What types of trains do O scale locomotives come in?

Train sets come in a variety of styles and types. They are made for both play and for collectors’ items. Whether you are a fan of diesel or steam locomotives or are looking for a specific brand, there is an option for you.

  • Steam Locomotives: Steam model railroads are available in both vintage and contemporary replicas. Their engines and tenders are replicas of real-life steam trains.
  • Diesel Engines: These replicas mimic the look of various types of diesel-powered locomotives.
  • Novelty Replicas: These non-traditional pieces are great collectors’ pieces. They come in a variety of styles, like New York City MTA Subway vehicles or Christmas-themed engines with Santa motifs.
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