Central Hobbies HO scale index page

By: Central-hobbies.com  09-12-2011
Keywords: Cars, Scale, Scale Model

We're your one stop scale model train shop!

Central Hobbies carries a complete selection of HO scale model railway products.

Atlas, Bachmann and Like-Like train sets are complete with Locomotive, cars, track and a power pack.

Some Athearn train sets are complete with power pack, others require the purchase of a power pack. This is noted clearly on the outside of the train set.

Walthers train sets have a locomotive, cars and track. A power pack is extra.

We carry locomotives models from:
  • Con-Cor: We have one Undecorated Burlington Zephy in stock for $ 478.79

We stock a large selection of passenger car kits from the following manufacturers:

We stock a large selection of freight car kits from the following manufacturers:

  • Athearn - We stock many models in this line.
  • ExactRail cars and bridges.
  • Fox Valley cars.
  • Roundhouse - Model Die Casting.
  • New England Rail Shops When their Fowler box car models are released we will have a good stock of them.
  • Märklin We stock a few Märklin items and can obtain any current stock items.

As well we models from , Bachmann, Con-Cor, , Model Power, Tichy, , and others. Other manufacturer items are available on special order.

HOn3 Narrow Gauge - - - - - - - - - -

We stock some HO scale narrow gauge products in HOn3

HOn30 Narrow Gauge - - - - - - - - - -

We stock a few HO scale narrow gauge products in HOn30 (HOn2 «). More can be ordered.

  • Big City Hobbies has released updated versions of the old AHM Minitrains HOn30 models. The Plymouth Diesel and 0-4-0T are available. A work train with a Koppel Locomotive and Kiso logging company cars is coming.
  • Peco makes HOn30 industrial flex track and turnouts (12" radius - left, Right and WYE). Available to order.
  • Peco - The new HOn30 mainline code 80 track is in stock for $ 12.49 CDN$ a length. Turnouts to match are now in stock.

HOm Metre gauge

We stock Peco HOm flex track - $ 11.98 a length. Turnouts are available by special order. This track can also be used for TT.

HO scale track comes in various rail heights.

  • Code 100

    • Code 100 is the standard size of track included with train sets.
    • We stock the complete Atlas code 100 track series and flex track.
    • We stock the Bachmann E-Z Track system in both Grey and Black road bed colours.The black road bed is steel rail. The grey road bed is nickel silver rail. Both can be interchanged.
    • We have Peco flex track and HO/OO Universal switches in Electrofrog and Insulfrog versions. Peco setrack is available on special order.
    • We Carry Micro Engineering flex track in both weathered and unweathered.

  • Code 83

    • Code 83 is closer in height to modern mainline rail size.
    • We stock the complete Atlas code 83 track series and flex track. We stock the complete line of Atlas code 83 True-Track.
    • We carry Micro Engineering turnouts and flex track in both weathered and unweathered.
    • We carry have the new Central Valley turnout kits.
    • We stock the new PECO code 83 track and turnouts.
      • 8622 SL-8300 Flex Track, 36" length
      • 8619 SL-8310 Nickel Silver Railjoiners
      • 8620 SL-8311 Insulating Rail Joiners
      • 8621 SL-8314 Track Fixing Pins
      • 8610 SL-8351 #5 Right Hand Turnout, Insulfrog
      • 8612 SL-8352 #5 Left Hand Turnout, Insulfrog
      • 8614 SL-8361 #6 Right Hand Turnout, Insulfrog
      • 8616 SL-8362 #6 Left Hand Turnout, Insulfrog
      • 8618 SL-8364 #6 Crossing, Insulfrog
      • 8609 SL-E8351 #5 Right Hand Turnout, Electrofrog
      • 8611 SL-E8352 #5 Left Hand Turnout, Electrofrog
      • 8613 SL-E8361 #6 Right Hand Turnout, Electrofrog
      • 8615 SL-E8362 #6 Left Hand Turnout, Electrofrog
      • 8617 SL-E8364 #6 Crossing, Electrofrog
      • 8623 SL-E8381 #8 Right Hand Turnout, Electrofrog
      • 8625 SL-E8382 #8 Left Hand Turnout, Electrofrog
      • 8624 SL-8381 #8 Right Hand Turnout, Insulfrog
      • 8626 SL-8382 #8 Left Hand Turnout, Insulfrog
      Announced for delivery some time in the future are:
      • #7 Turnouts
      • Three way switch
      • Double Slip Switch
      • Single Slip Switch
      • Wyes
  • Code 70 and 75

    • Code 70 represents about 100 lb rail.
    • We carry Micro Engineering turnouts and flex track in both weathered and unweathered.
  • Other Rail Sizes

    • We carry Micro Engineering flex track in code 40. It is available both weathered and unweathered.
      As of today (Feb 17, 2011) Micro Engineering Code 55 flex track is out of production for about a year. The mould broke and needs to be remade.

  • Track Scratch Building Supplies

    We carry Micro Engineering rail in all sizes (code 40, 55, 70, 83 and 100), all sizes on Micro Engineering spikes, Pliobond; ties from Mt. Albert.

  • Fast Tracks

    Fast Tracks makes an excellent series of turnout construction jigs. They come with comprehensive instructions. Even a novice at turnout construction can produce a working turnout every time.

    We are a member of Fast Tracks 'Ontrack' resellers program.
    If you wish to order direct our resellers code is 232. This code will get you a 10% discount.
  • Switch Machines

    • Atlas makes several switch machines for their own track.
    • We stock most of the varieties of Caboose Industries Ground Throws.
    • We stock Tortoise Slow Motion Switch machines.
    • We stock Cobalt Slow Motion Switch machines.
    • We have the various flavours of Peco switch machines.
    • Other types of switch machines (including used twin coil) are available from time to time.

Central Hobbies stocks kits from Downtown Deco

Central Hobbies has the largest selection of Detail Parts in Western Canada.

We stock the Full lines of

  • Detail Associates
  • Details West
  • Ngineering - we stock most of the Ngineering line of LEDs, lighting kits and tools.
  • Cannon
  • Hi-Tech Details
  • Tichy
  • Northwest Shortline
  • Kadee (We have the Full coupler and detail parts lines)
  • Railflyer
  • Kaslo Shops
  • Grandt Line
  • A-Line
  • and others.

We have a shrinking stock of Athearn shells. We have frames, shells and detail parts for cars and locomotives.

We carry the complete line of Kadee couplers as well as some of the popular clones. We have the New Scale size Kadee couplers (#58s) and Whisker couplers in stock. For those of you using Horn-Hook couplers we stock Athearn couplers.

We carry the full line of Woodland Scenics scenery products as well as the new Woodland Scenics SubTerrain System. We have products from Faller, Heki and others.

We carry backdrops from
and Walters.
We carry over 400 railroad related titles. See our book pages for a relatively up to date listing.

We carry resin kits from


We carry wood from Mt. Albert . Kappler and Northeastern products are available on special order.


We stock K&S metal shapes (Brass, Copper and Aluminum) in one and three foot lengths, and Special Shapes.

Stainless Steel

We stock K&S Stainless Steel metal shapes.


We have the complete Evergreen and Plastruct styrene racks. Other Plastruct items (in styrene or ABS) are available on special order.


From 'Walthers Goo' through styrene glue (in several flavours) to Super Glues, we carry all a modelers needs in glues.

A model railroader need tools. Whether it is just an Atlas track saw or a North West Shortline chopper, we stock them all.

Knives, blades, taps, drills, scale rulers, sprue nippers . . . or whatever. We have it or can get it.

Foam Working Tools

Hot Wire Foam Factory

We stock foam working tools from .

We also carry the Woodland Scenics Hot wire cutter.

If there is a particular item you are seeking that we don't have in stock, please don't hesitate to ask for it. We will special order most anything. Items in stock at most major distributors can be obtained in a week or two. Out of stock items can be back ordered for delivery when they are produced.
Please note that if the company is outside of the major distribution channels, special orders will take some time. Many companies require minimum orders from stores (a person can often order one item at a time) so it may take a while for us to get a large enough order to send to them. In these cases we will advise you if it is faster to order direct.

Updated November 2, 2011

Central Hobbies
2825 Grandview Hwy, Vancouver, BC
Canada , V5M 2E1
Phone 1-604-431-0771, Fax 1-604-431-9855
Orders Only 1-888-7TRAINS (1-888-787-2467)
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The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Cars, Freight Car, Model Train, Rail Shops, Scale, Scale Model, Train Sets,

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