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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.

American flyer early prewar manual s gauge rt & lh track switches
American flyer early prewar manual s gauge rt & lh track switches
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Gilbert American Flyer Curvered Track (39 pcs) 32 Curved, 5 short 2 w Wire HookUp
Gilbert American Flyer Curvered Track (39 pcs) 32 Curved, 5 short 2 w Wire HookUp
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1952 A.C. Gilbert CO. American flyer train repair exchange factory shipping box.
1952 A.C. Gilbert CO. American flyer train repair exchange factory shipping box.
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AMERICAN FLYER COMPLETE SMOKE IN TENDER BELLOWS REPLACEMENT CYLINDER UPGRADE
AMERICAN FLYER  COMPLETE SMOKE IN TENDER BELLOWS REPLACEMENT CYLINDER UPGRADE
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AMERICAN FLYER DIESEL BRUSH PAIR WITH SOLDERED ARM
AMERICAN FLYER DIESEL BRUSH PAIR WITH SOLDERED ARM
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AMERICAN FLYER LTI scale 6-48640 BURLINGTON NORTHERN CYLINDRICAL HOPPER
AMERICAN FLYER   LTI scale 6-48640  BURLINGTON NORTHERN CYLINDRICAL HOPPER
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AMERICAN FLYER 969 & 25045 ROCKET LAUNCHER REPLACEMENT PIN WASHER & NUT
AMERICAN FLYER 969 & 25045 ROCKET LAUNCHER REPLACEMENT PIN WASHER & NUT
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American Flyer 301, 302 4-4-2 Reading Locomotive for parts or to be Restore
American Flyer 301, 302 4-4-2 Reading Locomotive for parts or to be Restore
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AMERICAN FLYER THIRD-HAND RIVETING TOOL...100'S SOLD WORK GREAT A MUST HAVE
AMERICAN FLYER THIRD-HAND RIVETING TOOL...100'S SOLD WORK GREAT A MUST HAVE
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AMERICAN FLYER HOLLOW RIVET & 3 16'' EYELET.. TOOLING ONLY
AMERICAN FLYER  HOLLOW RIVET  &  3 16'' EYELET.. TOOLING ONLY
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American Flyer 21165 4-4-2 Locomotive And Tenders (2for parts or to be Restore
American Flyer 21165 4-4-2 Locomotive  And Tenders (2for parts or to be Restore
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12 Small 14v Bulbs American Flyer Trains Accessories
12 Small 14v Bulbs American Flyer Trains Accessories
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American Flyer No. 6-48534 NYC New York Central Flat Car w Cable Reel - NEW - S
American Flyer No. 6-48534 NYC New York Central Flat Car w  Cable Reel - NEW - S
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Chuck's Blocks S Gauge Test Stand for American Flyer Trains, Others!
Chuck's Blocks S Gauge Test Stand for American Flyer Trains,  Others!
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AMERICAN FLYER INDUSTRIAL BROWNHOIST CRANE BLACK CAB GREY FRAME~S GAUGE #944
AMERICAN FLYER INDUSTRIAL BROWNHOIST CRANE BLACK CAB GREY FRAME~S GAUGE #944
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