00 Gauge Train Models, the British Favorite
Although in many parts of the country, the H0 gauge has already overtaken every other railway model in popularity, the 00 gauge train models never budged an inch in Great Britain for being the public’s most favorite model railway. In fact, it still remains the most popular standard gauge railroad model in all of the United Kingdom.
00 gauge trains
The 00 gauge train is only one of the few 4 millimeter scale standards used in the market. Its track is 16.5 millimeter gauge which may be a little inaccurate for a 4 mm scale. Its scale ratio is 1:76.2. Its name was taken from 0 gauge, which is actually a progression from the much earlier models, 0 gauge, 1 gauge, 2 gauge & 3 gauge. Though the name is really two zeros, many spell it as two capital letters “O”.
00 gauge models were first produced in 1921 by a company named “Bing”. It was made as The Table Railway being small enough to fit a table. These model locomotives are initially powered by clockwork and later on with electric power. When Bing went out of business in 1932, a new company called Trix continued producing the 00 gauge trains and used the new H0 standard. Soon after, more and more companies started manufacturing this model.
At present, the 00 gauge train models are still doing well in the United Kingdom being at the forefront in this industry. The reason for this is the availability of starter sets and ready stocks. Two companies’s, the Bachmann Branchline and the Hornby Railways, are the dominant producers of 00 scales in Britain. The lack of ready to run stocks of the other railway models in the UK must be the reason for their failure to capture quite a following.