Welcome to all newcomers to O Gauge
This page has some suggestions about starting in O Gauge finescale.
What track is available, what locos, coaches and wagons could be considered by a beginner to get you going quickly.
It is worth remembering that for a given room space you need less O Gauge stock than you would need in the smaller scales.
So while O Gauge at first sight may seem to be expensive per item, the fact that you need less quantity of stock makes the overall cost about the same.
The larger size gives the models more presence and they are nicer to hold.
For the quickest way to a working layout, you can buy ready to run (RTR) locos, wagons and coaches either new
or secondhand. The Guild has a number of secondhand sources for members, namely via the "Sales and Wants"
page or via the "Executor and Trustee" service.
There are even specialists who can build your boards, lay track and provide scenery - all at a cost of course. Alternatively you make your own models. The sections
on the right try to suggest what to look for in selecting the different items you need for a layout.
For the least cost outlay, scratch building should be considered.
The larger scale makes it much easier to make quality items, both in rolling stock and buildings.
There are numerous sources of material.
Plastic sections and sheet are readily available from model shops, Eileen's Emporium and Metalsmith stock lots of metal
sections, wires etc. If building rolling stock there are wheels, axle guards, buffers and couplings for all major railways available
from the various O Gauge stockists. First class mail order facilities mean that you can get hold of anything you need very quickly.