Check out our a large variety of olympian trains and accessories for the more fully grown train collectors as well for first time buyers.As soon as scale is identified, the next step is to choose a quality, intermediate level locomotive. Buying the locomotive is a big choice that will have a ripple effect. Do not cut corners, and if splurging is an option, this is the time to do it. Inexpensive locomotives are more problem than they deserve and will significantly extend the learning curve. When it comes to intricacy, many newbies will quickly grow out of a newbie level locomotive and remorse not having acquired the more advanced intermediate model. Before the very first purchase, the brand-new lover should choose a scale. Every purchase made will certainly be affected by that choice because locomotives, wagons, tracks, and accessories need to be at the exact same scale; otherwise, the train won't work or look right. Some railroad model lovers do collect multiple scales, but taking on an added scale is essentially like handling an additional hobby. The standard and most popular model train scale is HO scale, which runs at an 87.1:1 ratio. Other popular alternatives include O-scale (48:1) and G-scale (22.5:1).