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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.

Gilbert American Flyer Cow On Track
Gilbert American Flyer Cow On Track
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American Flyer 633 B&O boxcar #7
American Flyer 633 B&O boxcar  #7
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1930's Flyer Town Freight Station #91
1930's Flyer Town Freight Station #91
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BUILDING & STRUCTURE CO S SCALE CARPENTRY BLACKSMITH SHOP ANNEX CSM 4126S
BUILDING & STRUCTURE CO S SCALE CARPENTRY BLACKSMITH SHOP ANNEX  CSM 4126S
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Artificial Coal Loads Fills Twenty American Flyer Two Bay Hoppers or Gondolas
Artificial Coal Loads Fills Twenty American Flyer Two Bay Hoppers or Gondolas
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Lionel American Flyer 740 741 742 XA12N196 RARE REVERSING Hand Car Shell NOS! EX
Lionel American Flyer 740 741 742 XA12N196 RARE REVERSING Hand Car Shell NOS! EX
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AMERICAN FLYER 941 FRISCO LINES GONDOLA $2 car shipping for more cars
AMERICAN FLYER  941 FRISCO LINES GONDOLA   $2 car shipping for more cars
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American Flyer 8155 B&O DUMMY NON-POWERED ALCO DIESEL A-UNIT... NEW NEVER RAN
American Flyer 8155  B&O DUMMY NON-POWERED  ALCO DIESEL A-UNIT... NEW NEVER RAN
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AMERICAN FLYER 48304 BURLINGTON NORTHERN BOX CAR...NEW.. STILL IN BOX #2
AMERICAN FLYER  48304 BURLINGTON NORTHERN BOX CAR...NEW.. STILL IN BOX #2
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AMERICAN FLYER 48710 CONRAIL BAY WINDOW CABOOSE..NEW... # 21503 STILL IN BOX
AMERICAN FLYER 48710 CONRAIL BAY WINDOW CABOOSE..NEW... # 21503  STILL IN BOX
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AMERICAN FLYER 9301 48510 TWO GONDOLAS W LOADS $2 car shipping for more cars
AMERICAN FLYER  9301 48510 TWO GONDOLAS W LOADS  $2 car shipping for more cars
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AMERICAN FLYER LTI 6-49017 GN ANIMATED CABOOSE..X84.. NEW..STILL IN BOX
AMERICAN FLYER  LTI 6-49017 GN ANIMATED CABOOSE..X84.. NEW..STILL IN BOX
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AMERICAN FLYER 9203 BOSTON& MAINE HOPPER ...NEW $2 car shipping for more cars
AMERICAN FLYER  9203 BOSTON& MAINE HOPPER ...NEW  $2 car shipping for more cars
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FRANKLIN, DOCKSIDER, HO COMPLETE SMOKE UNIT REBUILD KIT FOR AMERICAN FLYER
FRANKLIN,  DOCKSIDER,  HO   COMPLETE SMOKE UNIT REBUILD KIT FOR AMERICAN FLYER
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AMERICAN FLYER CHESSIE DIESEL SWITCH ENGINES 8459 & 48004 [8460].STILL IN BOX
AMERICAN FLYER  CHESSIE  DIESEL SWITCH ENGINES  8459 & 48004 [8460].STILL IN BOX
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