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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.

Vintage Gilbert American Flyer Reading Lighted Caboose 630 AS IS ~ FREE SHIPPING
Vintage Gilbert American Flyer Reading Lighted Caboose 630 AS IS ~ FREE SHIPPING
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Original American Flyer No. 25057, 25061 or 25062 Exploding BoxCar Spring
Original American Flyer No. 25057,  25061 or 25062 Exploding BoxCar Spring
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American Flyer 697 Pressure Type Track Trip Activates Semaphore or Crossing Gate
American Flyer 697 Pressure Type Track Trip Activates Semaphore or Crossing Gate
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Quick & Easy Track Cleaner Reduces Power Loss for All American Flyer Track
Quick & Easy Track Cleaner Reduces Power Loss for All American Flyer Track
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12 American Flyer No. 702, 26720 or 26722 Curved S Gauge Track Sections
12 American Flyer No. 702,  26720 or 26722 Curved S Gauge Track Sections
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Lionel American Flyer Line Santa Fe Depressed Center Searchlight Car # 6-49083
Lionel American Flyer Line Santa Fe Depressed Center Searchlight Car # 6-49083
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American Flyer No. XA10961 Control Box for Rocket Launcher No. 969
American Flyer No. XA10961 Control Box for Rocket Launcher No. 969
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(Two) American Flyer Lionel S Scale Boxcars, 48483 and 48484 M OB
(Two) American Flyer Lionel S Scale Boxcars, 48483 and 48484 M OB
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American flyer #712 special track section (lot#312)
American flyer #712 special track section (lot#312)
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American flyer #9000 B & O transport flat car w trailer
American flyer #9000 B & O transport flat car w  trailer
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American flyer #779 oil drim loader w #631 gondola car (lot#244)
American flyer #779 oil drim loader w  #631 gondola car (lot#244)
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American flyer 3 Tipples for #740 handcar ( Lot 320)
American flyer 3 Tipples for #740 handcar ( Lot 320)
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American Flyer Lionel S Scale # 48491 N OB
American Flyer  Lionel S Scale # 48491 N OB
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K-Line S Gauge ATSF Santa Fe Box Car #K511-006 RARE! NIB
K-Line S Gauge ATSF Santa Fe Box Car #K511-006 RARE!  NIB
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American flyer #715 Action car w Manoil Roadster (lot#324)
American flyer #715 Action car w  Manoil Roadster (lot#324)
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