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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.

Rare American Flyer Gilbert Lionel Loading Platform 6-49824
Rare American Flyer Gilbert   Lionel Loading Platform 6-49824
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Vintage American Flyer Metal Railroad Crossing Sign 6 1 2" Tall, Red Base
Vintage American Flyer Metal Railroad Crossing Sign 6 1 2" Tall,  Red Base
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American Flyer 6-48118 Missouri Pacific PB-1 Diesel Locomotive B Unit RailSounds
American Flyer 6-48118 Missouri Pacific PB-1 Diesel Locomotive B Unit RailSounds
Price: $99.99 (4 Bids)
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TEN LAMP POST LIGHTS SET W BILLBOARDS 3V RAILWAY VILLAGE SCENE (O, S, HO) SCALE!
TEN LAMP POST LIGHTS SET W BILLBOARDS 3V RAILWAY VILLAGE SCENE (O, S,  HO) SCALE!
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NIB Lionel 6-48358 S Santa Fe Boxcar Road #272197
NIB Lionel 6-48358 S Santa Fe Boxcar Road #272197
Price: $54.99 (0 Bids)
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American Flyer, O Gauge 930 Lighted Caboose, .( GILBERT)
American Flyer,  O Gauge 930 Lighted Caboose,  .( GILBERT)
Price: $35.00 (0 Bids)
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American Flyer 922 Box Car
American Flyer 922 Box Car
Price: $25.00 (0 Bids)
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Vtg American Flyer 726 727 Rubber Roadbed Straight Curve Track 28 Pcs. S Gauge
Vtg American Flyer 726 727 Rubber Roadbed Straight Curve Track  28 Pcs. S Gauge
Price: $65.00 (4 Bids)
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American Flyer S gauge PENNSYLVANIA 805 Gondola Car - 1956 - 1957
 American Flyer S gauge PENNSYLVANIA 805 Gondola Car - 1956 - 1957
Price: $12.00 (0 Bids)
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% 1960'S NO. 44 FREIGHT TRAIN SET IN ORIGINAL BOX COMPLETE HO SCALE (
% 1960'S NO. 44 FREIGHT TRAIN SET IN ORIGINAL BOX COMPLETE HO SCALE (
Price: $33.00
Buy It Now: $49.00
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Repro American Flyer Blue Coal Tray + Coal
Repro American Flyer Blue Coal Tray + Coal
Price: $12.99 (0 Bids)
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Vintage Gilbert American Flyer No. 23791 "Cow On Track" Train Part Collectible
Vintage Gilbert American Flyer No. 23791 "Cow On Track" Train Part Collectible
Price: $20.00 (10 Bids)
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American Flyer Black Track Trip 697
American Flyer Black Track Trip 697
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Vtg American Flyer Lines 374 Diesel engine 375 Dummy T&P GP-7 Train UNTESTED
 Vtg American Flyer Lines 374 Diesel engine 375 Dummy T&P GP-7 Train UNTESTED
Price: $170.00 (7 Bids)
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American Flyer Erie 7210
American Flyer Erie 7210
Price: $34.99 (0 Bids)
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