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Should I model in N or HO scale?

The answer is six of one and half a dozen of the other.

If you are short of space N scale is the go. A reasonably complex layout can be achieved in a small area, say 2.4 metres by 1.2 metres ( 8’ x 4’ in the old language) even smaller, say 1.8 metres x 900mm.

However it is wise to realise that a railroad empire must occupy an “empire” sized space. A branch line or short line styleplan suits a smaller space in either HO or N scale.

If you have plenty of space HO or OO (see FAQ #1) is probably the better choice. There is more range of product available and usually the product has a better reliability especially in the cheaper ranges. If you intend to model Australian prototype most certainly HO is more appropriate because of available range.

However ultimately the choice is with the modeller, some like to model small and others lar