Model Trains – Companies Involved

The collectors of brass HO trains are always on the look out for the trains and where to buy them. The companies that involve themselves in supplying these collectibles can be classified as manufacturers, importers and distributors.

Most of the companies that manufacture HO model trains sell them online or in their own retail showrooms. Some of them import from China and Korea and sell them directly or are the distributors of the HO brass model trains. Many companies not only sell the trains, but also tracks, bridges, HO scale passenger equipment kits and locomotive HO. They also have model trains of other scales like O, HOn3, On3, G, N, etc.

Some of the manufacturers have come out with fine detail models in white metal and etched brass. Handcrafted brass model HO trains, Brass O scale steam locomotives, freight cars and girder bridges, etc are manufactured by some companies. Some manufacturers cater to the British railway modelers in 4mm or 7 mm gauges which have prototypes of early 19th century carriages. Manufacturing is also done in some European countries like France, Germany and United Kingdom. Some manufacturers attend to the special needs of the collectors and create custom-made versions of trains exclusively for them.

2-rail and 3-rail models are the models that are the classification system used according to the tracks and most of them are 2-rail models. The prototypes that can be found in the market are Sweden, Italian locomotives, North American or European railways. HO scale passenger equipments available in the market are made of brass, wood, plastic or nickel silver.

Importers take pains to find the right kind of manufacturing companies overseas and get them make available in their own countries. Most of them also import accessories like detail parts, scratchbuilding supplies, rolling stock, scenery flats, buildings, etc in the various scales apart from the model trains. These would be suitable for both collectors or operators.

The distribution system is usually a network across several states and countries, bringing up several kinds of model trains. The retailers obtain all kinds of models from these distributors and are the mediators to get them to the collector. The Lionel HO trains, Bachmann HO trains, Atheran HO trains, Marklin HO trains, etc are all well-known versions of the various model HO trains.

Online suppliers add up their stock with newer versions of trains and also new models of steam, passenger and freight trains. Most of them also buy the model trains if the collector or others wish to trade or dispose them for some reason. Internet is an ocean of information for the collectors for the latest items and display methods and models. Various kinds of electrical, electronic and digital layout planning and equipments are available for displaying running models of the precious Brass HO trains.