For the Love of Trains: HO Scale Models

Welcome to TrainLife, where trains are LIFE, offering the premier online resource for model train hobbyists anywhere. At the crossroads of locomotives and boxcars, any novice or seasoned-veteran creator will be in their element and right on their way! In addition to our N scale models, we’ve got the popular HO scale models, with over 40 manufacturers to choose from, waiting for a designer’s touch. Used to the old-fashioned OO scale? Don’t worry, we’ll “train” you in no time. No doubt, you’ll fall in love with our HO locomotives and accessories!


HO History

The HO scale is the perfect “fun-sized” variation of model trains, 1.5mm smaller per real foot than the classic OO scale. HO was created just after World War I. The OO scale was optimal until The Great Depression created a demand for an even smaller scale that cost less to manufacture. It would also better fit into homes and was suitable to be handled by children. Several attempted to create a scale about half the size of 0 scale, using anything from steel to plastic and varying in quality. HO is now developed and evolved to what is the most popular scale used in the US with the ratio 1:87. (3.5 mm is equal to 1 real foot.) Most standard HO scales today are made with corrosion-resistant nickel silver, ensuring good quality and durability.


Get Started!

model train tru-color paintHere at TrainLife, our HO scale pieces come unassembled and ready for you to work your personalized magic! Engineer the perfect one-of-a-kind train unique to you. Between colors, sizes, and types, the tank-sized collection may be intimidating, dare we say “freightening”. But numerous manufacturers allow you to shop within your budget for prices that won’t make you wanna lie down on the tracks. We are not just limited to locomotives, boxcars, and tank cars. Our store carries extras such as HO scale bridges, tracks, scenery, figurines, tracks, glue, tools and paint. We are anything but just the basics! Of course this includes any kits, how-to info books, and DVDs you might need. While you’re at it, check out our TrainLife apparel so you can rep the good train life all day long!




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