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Brief History of S Scale Model Trains

S Scale (1:64) runs on a track width of 0.884 inches. The S scale is often confused with the much large scale called Standard Scale which is used for large-scale toy trains.

The S scale is one of the oldest scale model railroads dating back to 1896 when it first appeared in England. The popularity of the S scale increased in the 1930s-40s when CD Models produced the 3/16 model train sets under the name American Flyer Trains. Later American Flyer was purchased by A.C. Gilbert Co. then in 1943 the National Model Railroading Association (NMRA) adapted the term S scale to describe the gauge that was half of the #1 gauge (1/32). American Flyer marketed the first trains labelled with the term S scale in the 1930s when the train ran on three-rail track similar to Lionel. In 1946 American Flyer introduced a two-rail track for S scale model trains providing greater realism. American Flyer ended up being sold to a holding company that also owned Lionel in 1967.

In 1979 under the name American Flyer, Lionel re-introduced the S scale trains and accessories. In 1981 another S scale manufacturer entered the market named American Models and S-Helper Service began making locomotives, track, rolling stock and other products in 1989. The biggest brass model supplier of the S scale is River Raisin Models.

Lionel 1990 LVRR Square Window Caboose#A16516 MINT
Lionel 1990 LVRR Square Window Caboose#A16516 MINT
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American Flyer 1947 Reading Lines 4-4-2 Locomotive #300
American Flyer 1947 Reading Lines 4-4-2 Locomotive #300
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LIONEL AMERICAN FLYER 6-48399 RINGLING BROS. BARNUM CIRCUS BOXCAR TRAIN S GAUGE
LIONEL AMERICAN FLYER 6-48399 RINGLING BROS. BARNUM CIRCUS BOXCAR TRAIN S GAUGE
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American Flyer No. XA10961-AG Control Box 4 Semaphore No. 758A
American Flyer No.  XA10961-AG Control Box 4 Semaphore No. 758A
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American Flyer Control Box No. XA10961-L for Lumber Car 928 or 971 Made In USA
American Flyer Control Box No. XA10961-L for Lumber Car 928 or 971 Made In USA
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American Flyer No. 26752 Remote Control Dog House Uncoupler Box
American Flyer No. 26752 Remote Control Dog House Uncoupler Box
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American Flyer No. 300AC Steam Chest & Cow Catcher with Leading Truck Assembly
American Flyer No. 300AC Steam Chest  & Cow Catcher with Leading Truck Assembly
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American Flyer No. 766 Animated Station Vibrating Bed Assembly & Grommets
American Flyer No. 766 Animated Station Vibrating Bed Assembly & Grommets
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American Flyer No XA10961 Control Box for No. 23796 Sawmill
American Flyer No XA10961 Control Box for No. 23796 Sawmill
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C4801 8pcs Model cars 1:64 S Scale Diecast NEW
C4801 8pcs Model cars 1:64 S Scale Diecast NEW
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American Flyer Lines No. 961, 962 & 963 Chrome Pullman, Vista Dome & Observation
American Flyer Lines No. 961,  962 & 963 Chrome Pullman,  Vista Dome & Observation
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American Flyer No. 300AC Die Cast Atlantic Locomotive Shell Excellent Condition
American Flyer No. 300AC Die Cast Atlantic Locomotive Shell Excellent Condition
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American Flyer No. M 4326 Gee Dad Accessory Fold Out 1959 Catalog Poster
American Flyer No. M 4326 Gee Dad Accessory Fold Out 1959 Catalog Poster
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American Flyer No. PA12D078 Black Plastic Atlantic & Pacific Tender Shell
American Flyer No. PA12D078 Black Plastic Atlantic & Pacific Tender Shell
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AMERICAN FLYER S GAUGE 946 ERIE 7210 DIE CAST SEARCHLIGHT CAR
AMERICAN FLYER S GAUGE 946 ERIE 7210 DIE CAST SEARCHLIGHT CAR
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