Comments for nightCopy From an arm-chair model railroader to the own layout Thu, 15 Nov 2018 23:28:34 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on HO vs N. A devastating comparison by Steve Gajewski Thu, 15 Nov 2018 23:28:34 +0000 This is so funny since I’ve been battling the same thoughts for years. I had HO as a kid but went with N as an adult simply because I could build an empire in a smaller space. I had no limitations on how much space I had but really liked how N looked.
Well the empire never got built and after a year of doing nothing, I decided to start once again. This time I was going to try HO, even though N was still tugging at me. I went to train shops and looked at the HO stuff. It looked gigantic! So back home to do more thinking, then back to another shop for more looking. Finally I decided to just try something different and go with HO. So back to the store, and this time I came home with a piece of Atlas track and a used boxcar. I put them in my room and the more I looked at them, the more I liked the HO. I was over how big they seemed. I bet if I started with O, the HO would seem tiny.
Anyway, I’m now in the planning stage and still don’t have any space limitations. But I’m glad I finally made a decision and feel good about doing HO. Yes it won’t have as much stuff per square foot and the trains won’t be as long as N. But there is so much more available in HO and now the size seems right. Plus there’s nothing to say you couldn’t run both scales on your layout.
Coming from someone who can never make up my mind, I’d say get a few pieces of each scale and set them up. Then see which one your tend to favor. I know your post is old but maybe this’ll help.