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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 No. D1922 Miniature 1956 Catalog
Vintage Gilbert American Flyer No. D1922 Miniature 1956 Catalog
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American Flyer S Guage 962 Dome Car Chrome #1
American Flyer S Guage 962 Dome Car Chrome #1
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Original 1954 Gilbert American Flyer M3290 Instruction Book
 Original 1954 Gilbert American Flyer M3290  Instruction Book
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American Flyer MKT #637 Yellow Box Car S Gauge Knuckler Couplers
American Flyer MKT #637 Yellow Box Car S Gauge Knuckler Couplers
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American Flyer # 629 MP Stock Car used no box lot # 9221
American Flyer # 629  MP Stock Car used no box lot # 9221
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Original American Flyer Number 25 Smoke Cartridge kits M2660
Original  American Flyer Number 25 Smoke Cartridge kits  M2660
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American Flyer Stamped Steel Caboose Trucks 1951 - 1953 Version
American Flyer Stamped Steel Caboose Trucks 1951 - 1953 Version
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3 Set Original American Flyer S Gauge manual track switches.
3 Set Original American Flyer S Gauge manual track switches.
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2 Sets Original American flyer s gauge track switches.
2 Sets Original American flyer s gauge track switches.
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American Flyer Western Pacific 6-48929 Silver Palace Vista Dome Car Mint!
American Flyer Western Pacific 6-48929 Silver Palace Vista Dome Car Mint!
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American Flyer Western Pacific 6-48930 Silver Dollar Vista Dome Car Mint!
American Flyer Western Pacific 6-48930 Silver Dollar Vista Dome Car Mint!
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HANDYMAN SPECIAL! AMERICAN FLYER ENGINE #350 & TENDER 37 PIECES TRACK & TRANSF
HANDYMAN SPECIAL! AMERICAN FLYER ENGINE #350 & TENDER 37 PIECES TRACK & TRANSF
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3 Sets original American flyer s gauge track switches.
3 Sets original American flyer s gauge track switches.
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Vintage American Flyer 726 727 Rubber Roadbed Straight Curve Track Lot 26 Pcs. S
Vintage American Flyer 726 727 Rubber Roadbed Straight Curve Track Lot 26 Pcs. S
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New American Flyer truck
New  American Flyer truck
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