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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.

Most train sets are complete with Locomotive, cars, track and a power pack. Some Walthers train sets have a basic DCC controler.


We carry locomotives models from:
  • Atlas 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 Alco C630s, Baldwin Switchers, and more.
  • 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.
  • Highliners F Unit Kits (A & B) and parts.
  • InterMountain InterMoun is now producing a good line of HO Scale locomotives.
  • Kato Kato model 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..
  • 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 make it easy to build basic HOn3 layouts.

  • 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..

  • MiniTrains has released updated versions of the old AHM Minitrains HOn30 models. Many new items are available and more have been announced.
    At this time we have the following MiniTrains products in stock.
    5061 Nova Scotia Sand & Cement #5 Porter Train set, Porter 0-4-0 and eight cars (four 5016 Mine Cars and four 5017 Coal cars) $ 177.49 Can$ Porter 0-4-0 train set
    5062 Island Creek Coal Company #12 Porter Train set, Porter 0-4-0 and eight cars (four 5016 Mine Cars and four 5017 Coal cars) $ 177.49 Can$ Porter 0-4-0 train set
    5050 Diesel Locomotive 10 car set. $ 153.99 Can$  undec Diesel with 10 cars
    Catalog Many more items are available. Download a 2014 MiniTrains Catalog and let us know what you are looking for.  Catalog

Other items in this product line; Diesel Locomotive, Steam Locomotive and various four wheel cars, are available by order. Many new items (Porters, Forneys and more) are coming in 2015.
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.
      • When we can obtain stock 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 and the new products are DCC friendly. 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 stock the ANEmodel ANEmodel
        Turnout Controls. These use model aircraft solenoids to control the turnouts.
      • 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,, Walthers, Bachman, Downtown Deco and many others.

    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 including the new "Whisker 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

    Floquil, PolyScale and TrueLine paints are going away. We have a shrinking selection of railroad colours from Floquil (Floquil and Poly Scale), and TrueLine Trains. 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 a shrinking stock of discontinued 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 stock the Hunterline weathering stains.

    Tru-Color paints We are starting to bring in the Tru-Color paints.

    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 .

    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 but PlioBond is.


    We have a few 1.5V and 12V bulk lights.
    We stock lights from miniatronics
Logo Miniatronics and others.
    We have LED products from Miniatronics, TCS, Digitrax, NCE, Ngineering, Evan Designs and others.


    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 17, 2015

    Central Hobbies
    2825 Grandview Hwy, Vancouver, BC
    Canada , V5M 2E1
    Phone 1-604-431-0771, Fax 1-604-431-9855
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