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HO Scale Products

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

Train Sets

We carry train sets from Atlas, Athearn, Walthers , Bachmann and Life-Like.

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

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


We carry locomotives models from:
  • Atlas S1/2/3/4, U23, U33/36, C425 (BCR), RS-3 Classic, GP40, RS1, . . These models are limited runs. The supply will be best when the model is released. Advance reservations are usually taken for these models.
  • Athearn Genesis F Units and other Genesis Series Models.
  • Athearn Locomotives Locomotive kits and assembled. We stock many models in this line. It is no longer as easy to get but if f we don't have it we will order it for you.
  • Bachmann many models including the new S4 with DCC and Sound.
  • Bowser Models
  • Broadway Limited Imports Models with sound. Operable on DC and DCC. We stock a few models but usually only bring Broadway Limited Imports models in by special order.
  • Con-Cor: Mostly by special order.
  • Highliners F Unit Kits (A & B) and parts.
  • InterMountain
  • Kato RS2, NW2, C44-9, GP35, SD40-2, SD45, GP35, SD80MAC, SD90MAC . . . .These models are limited runs. The supply will be best when the model is released. Advance reservations are usually taken for these models.
  • Walthers ,
  • Stewart ,

Passenger Cars

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

Freight Cars

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

As well we models from Proto 1000, Bachmann, Con-Cor, Kato, Model Power, Tichy, Sylvan Scale Models , and others. Other manufacturer items are available on special order.

Narrow Gauge

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

We stock some HO scale narrow gauge products in HOn3

  • MicroTrains (noted for their N Scale Products) is producing a series of cars in HOn3. Micro Trains HOn3 Cars in Stock..
  • Grandt Line makes trucks for HOn3.
  • Micro-Engineering makes HOn3 flex track and dual gauge track in various codes (70, 55 and some 40).
  • Peco has released Code 70 HOn3 flex track. #5 turnouts are now in stock for $ 37.50 each.
  • Shinmohara makes HOn3 flex track, HO/HOn3 dual gauge track and single and dual gauge turnouts. Most dual gauge turnouts on hand.
  • The Light Iron Turnout Company makes HOn3 Turnouts in code 55 and 70. We stock the completed turnouts.
  • BlackStone Models (a division of SoundTraxx)
    Box cars, stock cars, flat cars, gondolas (high and low side), some tank cars and passenger coaches are in stock.
    Their basic HOn3 track system is in stock. Patterned after Kato Unitrack (made by Kato) this clip together track will makes basic HOn3 layouts very easy to make.

  • Precison Scale makes several car kits.

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

We stock a few HO scale narrow gauge products in HOn30 (HOn2 1/2). 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 as well as a work train with a Koppel Locomotive and Kiso logging company cars.
    At this time we have the following Big City Hobbies products in stock.

    • 5030 - Koppel 0-4-0 Locomotive w Balloon Stack: $ 139.99 Can$
      Koppel 0-4-0 locomotive
    • 5050 - Undecorated Diesel Locomotive Train set; Diesel and five cars: $ 145.95 Can$ Diesel train set
    • 5071 - Koppel Train set, Koppel 0-4-0 w straight stack and five cars: $ 193.49 Can$ Koppel 0-4-0 train set
    Other items in this product line; Diesel Locomotive, Steam Locomotive and various four wheel cars, are available by order. New products are coming out but there is some confusion as to how they will be imported into North America.
    Images from Walthers.

  • 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 have Shinohara turnouts in stock. We do not stock Shinohara flex track but can obtain it quickly.
    • 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 have Shinohara and Walthers turnouts in stock. We have some Shinohara flex track in stock. Walthers code 83 track is made by Shinohara. Walthers turnouts are being replaced with new DCC friendly Turnouts. Turnout Types
    • 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.
  • Code 70 and 75

    • Code 70 represents about 100 lb rail.
    • We have Shinohara turnouts in stock. We do not stock Shinohara flex track but can order it for you.
    • 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 12, 2014) Micro Engineering Code 55 flex track is out of production. It is not known if it will come back into production.

  • 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.

  • 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.


We have an extensive selection of building kits from many manufacturers. DPM, Atlas, Walthers,, and many others.

Downtown Deco

Central Hobbies stocks kits from Downtown Deco

Detail and upgrade parts

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

We stock the Full lines of

  • CN sig Detail Products
  • Detail Associates
  • Details West
  • Miniatures by Eric
  • We stock some of the Miniatronics line of lights, LED's and lighting units
  • 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 stock some parts from Precision Scale, Plano, InterMountain, New England Rail Service, American Model Builders Inc., Sylvan, Athabasca Scale Models , BranchLine, BLMA, and others.

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

We carry replacement wheel sets from North West Shortline, Kadee, Proto 2000 and InterMountain (regular and semi scale).


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.

Scenery Materials

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
SceniKing Backdrop kits
Sceniking Roll Outs are now in stock. These are Six feet long and 16 " high. In twelve different scenes. Various scenes may be joined end to end to create longer scenes.
and Walthers.


We carry the full line of Kalmbach hobby books as well as books from Atlas and Carstens and others. See the Books pages for partial listings of prototype books.

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

Paint and Decals

We try to carry the full selection of railroad colours from Floquil (Floquil and Poly Scale), and TrueLine Trains but Bureaucrat regulations are getting in the way of stocking Floquil, PolyScale and ScaleCoat. We stock some Model Flex, and Scalecoat colours (Please note that complying with the Government Safety Regulations ( relabeling and safety cap) adds $ 1.00 to the landed price of ScaleCoat paint.) and the Scalecoat CN sig Colours CNR, CPR, BCR and VIA paints. We carry Humbrol enamels and Tamiya acrylic paints. We have a diminishing stock of Accu-Paint. We will have the new Railflyer paints when they are released. We stock the Hunterline weathering stains.

We have an extensive selection of decals from Micro-Scale, CDS (Please note that CDS is now out of business so our stock is dwindling), Black Cat Publishing, CN sig Decals, Daley Designs, and others.

Resin Kits

We carry resin kits from

Scratch Builders Supplies


We carry wood from Mt. Albert . Kappler and Northeastern products are available on special order. We have the full rack of Midwest Balsa Wood, Basswood and Plywood.


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 Styrene cement to Super Glues, we carry many types of glues. 'Walthers Goo' is not currently available in Canada..


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

We have the complete line of Woodland Scenics Tidy Tracks cleaning products.

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

Die, Tap & Drill Sizes
Die size: #00-90 #0-80 #1-72 #2-56
Rod Size: .047(3/64) .064 (1/16) .073 .086
Tap Size: #00-90 #0-80 #1-72 #2-56
Tap Drill Size: #61 .055 (#55) #53 #50
Clearance Drill Size: #55 .052 (#52) #48 #43

Foam Working Tools

Hot Wire Foam Factory

We stock foam working tools from Hot Wire Foam Factory.

We also carry the Woodland Scenics Hot wire cutter.

Special Orders

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 February 12, 2014

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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