O Gauge – 1:43.5 Scale
O scale (or O gauge) is a scale originally introduced by the German manufacturer Marklin around 1900. By the 1930s three-rail alternating current ~ AC O gauge was the most common model railroad scale in the United States and remained so until the early 1960s. In Europe, its popularity declined before World War II due to the introduction of smaller scales.
It’s strongest period was when model railways were considered toys, with emphasis placed on cost, durability, and use by children. Detail and realism were secondary concerns at best.
Remaining a popular choice for collectors, and with a number of changes in recent years, having addressed concerns of scale modellers, making O scale more popular.
O gauge is identified in the UK as a scale of 1:43.5 (7mm to the foot) and a track gauge of 32mm. Other specifications exist around the world.
Gaugemaster offer a number of controllers specifically for O gauge both cased and panel mounted. These feature an output voltage of 14v - - - DC with a 2.5 amp capability. However, for many modern O gauge applications a standard unit such as the model 100M (12v - - - DC, 1 amp) will be more suited. The power supplies and other modules are often also suitable for O gauge.
To accompany the controller range Gaugemaster offer a vast range of switches and electricals for most concievable situations including general wiring, point switching and lighting.
Many of our scenic products are suitable for O gauge from trees and shrubs to grass mats and scatters.
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In addition to their extensive N and HO scale ranges, Atlas also produce a range of high quality O scale locomotives, rolling stock, and track, with power and control equipment available as well.
As with the N and HO ranges, Atlas produce a complimentary range of buildings and accessories as well as all the track you need to get your locomotives running.
Accurately scaled and highly detailed, the Atlas O scale range is America’s favourite large scale train set, and is now fully available in the UK from Gaugemaster and leading Model and Hobby shops.
With both ready-to-run train sets and individual items on sale, the range is accessible by both beginners and those wanting to add to their existing layout. Locomotives are available in a selection of North American liveries.
The building range is made up of both kits and ready built items, each part moulded in appropriate colours with detailed texture allowing them to be used straight out of the box.
Number 1 for O gauge trackage is the British company Peco. Their ‘Streamline track’ is finely detailed and scaled and available in both ‘flat bottom’ rail and ‘bullhead’ rail. ‘Individulay’ rails are offered in varying sizes for bespoke track-laying situations.
‘7mm Wonderful Wagon’ kits are offered in number of guises with all parts coloured and detailed, with no painting required. Fine scale metal tyred, spoked wheels and pin-point bearings provide excellent running. The buffers are sprung and 3-link couplings are included. The BR wagons feature working axlebox springs, 3-hole disc wheels and movable brake levers.
Flexible field fencing, field gates, tunnel portals, figures and various platform accessories such as milk churns, a platform trolley and a ticket machine make up the Peco ‘Lineside & Scenic’ selection.
For many years Dapol produced purely N scale models. They then branched out on to the OO Scale market with lots of wagons, coaches and locomotives with great success. They have now turned their attention to O scale.
The O Scale range of feature extremely high detail including sprung buffers, three link couplings, die-cast chassis and free running wheels. They also feature high detailed bodies which have opening side doors on the open wagons. Dapol wagons are also available as variations.
Dapol also produce high quality O Scale Locomotives which are available in both DC and DCC-Sound versions.
Parkside Dundas produce quality wagon kits and accessories. The bodies and chassis are moulded in high impact polystyrene, they have metal tyred wheels with brass bearing cups, sprung three link couplings, sprung buffers and transfers for the appropriate livery periods.
Their picket type station fencing is also a worthy addition to your layout.
Heljan produce a range of locomotives in various classes and liveries. They have fine details asuch as rotating roof fans, detailed interiors, powerful 5-pole motors, NEM coupling pockets, screw couplings, 4-character lighted headcodes and directional lights. They are heavy-weight (2.5 kilo) models.
Springside offer loco, coach and wagon detailing accessories such as axle guards, vents, brake standards, head and tail lamps, brake shoes, tools and fire irons, chimneys, steam pipes, vacuum pipes and a many other parts.
Hand painted figures for the railway and many other general layout detailing accessories complete their range.
Preiser manufacture figures in many scales and their quality and detail speaks for itself, see the Preiser page for more details. The O gauge selection includes not only the railway related figures such as passengers and station workers from different eras, but also figures for many more situations from farm animals to truckers and hitch hikers. Unpainted figures can be found in larger packs and some layout accessories are also avalable such as pallets and barrels.
The O scale items available from ‘Ratio plastic models’ are few but still worth consideration. A GWR home or distant signal, long ladders, telegraph poles, SR concrete fencing and windows and door frames. These products are nicely detailed and a worthwhile addition to many layouts.
The O scale selection includes ‘Enamel Advertising Signs’, ‘Trackside notices’, ‘Carriage Prints’, ‘Travel Posters’, ‘Poster Boards’ and ‘Station Signs’