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N vs HO scale

    N scale and HO scale are both popular model train scales used by hobbyists to create realistic train layouts. Here are some key differences between the two:

    1. Size: HO scale trains are larger than N scale trains. HO scale has a ratio of 1:87, while N scale has a ratio of 1:160. This means that an HO scale locomotive is about twice as big as an N scale locomotive.
    2. Layout size: Because N scale trains are smaller, you can fit more of them on a layout in the same amount of space compared to HO scale. This makes N scale a good choice for those who have limited space available.
    3. Detail: HO scale trains are larger, which means they can have more detail than N scale trains. This is especially noticeable when it comes to intricate parts like wheels and couplings.
    4. Cost: N scale trains are generally less expensive than HO scale trains. This is because they require less material to make and are smaller, so they use less electricity to run.

    Overall, the choice between N scale and HO scale depends on your personal preference and the amount of space you have available. HO scale is a good choice for those who want a lot of detail in their models, while N scale is better for those who want to fit more trains into a smaller space at a lower cost.