I believe that "The Master" Has heet a hooomerun like de Babes Rooth!!! Carman do you have kids....like small cuddly ones who just love playing with things like ....trains!? HO is the perfect size for kids, easy to put on track, tough enough to take a hit, and priced just right if that "hit "is a haymaker! I have nothing against any other scale.....I'm just a TRAIN HO!!!:laugh::laugh:WOW!!! What a question!
I was raised with HO. Probably the availability of so many engines and cars, price, and the fact that I can still get a lot of track down in a small space, like an extra bedroom or a confiscated garage or basement.
i do have a G-Scale layout in the yard, and I just purchased a lot that contained a bunch of O-gauge cars, track, and engines. But HO will always be the mainstay of the collection.
If you are dead set on DC just remove the decoder,But another option is to get an inexpensive DCC set up. Just wire it in as a second power pack. You might like it once you have used it. I would venture to say you will, especially if the engine has sound.And more more thing...If I wanted to buy a engine..It would only be avaiable in DCC..which is very frustrating because they wont have it in just DC. grr.
Another option is to get the DCC ready engines. When I was arguing with myself over whether or not to change from DC to DCC in the early stages of my layout's construction. I went ahead and installed a plug type "harness only" on many of my engines.If you are dead set on DC just remove the decoder,But another option is to get an inexpensive DCC set up. Just wire it in as a second power pack. You might like it once you have used it. I would venture to say you will, especially if the engine has sound.