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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 New Haven Diesel Passenger Set [Lot 5-S4]
American Flyer New Haven Diesel Passenger Set [Lot 5-S4]
Price: $699.99 (0 Bids)
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American Flyer No. 913 GREAT NORTHERN Box Car
 American Flyer  No. 913  GREAT NORTHERN   Box   Car
Price: $16.59 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 33m
2 Boxes American Flyer S gauge 700 Straight Track
2 Boxes American Flyer S gauge 700 Straight Track
Price: $17.19 (8 Bids)
Sale Ends: 33m
LARGE TREES ! Gilbert AMERICAN FLYER ALL ABOARD Scenic Landscaping S Train Track
LARGE TREES ! Gilbert AMERICAN FLYER ALL ABOARD Scenic Landscaping S Train Track
Price: $21.00 (3 Bids)
Sale Ends: 33m
American Flyer Original Parts & Smoke Cartridges
American Flyer Original Parts & Smoke Cartridges
Price: $11.00 (2 Bids)
Sale Ends: 33m
2 Boxes American Flyer S gauge 700 Straight Track
2 Boxes American Flyer S gauge 700 Straight  Track
Price: $41.00 (8 Bids)
Sale Ends: 36m
Set of 3 Custom American Flyer New Haven Passenger Cars [Lot 1-P2]
Set of 3 Custom American Flyer New Haven Passenger Cars [Lot 1-P2]
Price: $249.99 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 37m
American Flyer S Gauge Rocket Launcher
American Flyer S Gauge Rocket Launcher
Price: $69.00 (25 Bids)
Sale Ends: 37m
24054 American Flyer Santa Fe Boxcar [Lot 1-F1]
24054 American Flyer Santa Fe Boxcar [Lot 1-F1]
Price: $49.99 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 38m
American Flyer New Haven Passenger Set #20340 , from 1957.
American Flyer New Haven Passenger Set #20340 , from 1957.
Price: $429.00 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 39m
370 American Flyer General Motors GM GP-7 Diesel Locomotive [Lot 1-D2]
370 American Flyer General Motors GM GP-7 Diesel Locomotive [Lot 1-D2]
Price: $119.99 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 39m
American Flyer S Gauge The Right Way Boxcar
American Flyer S Gauge The Right Way Boxcar
Price: $16.26 (8 Bids)
Sale Ends: 39m
American Flyer Steam & Diesel Locomotive Service Manual exploded views & parts l
American Flyer Steam & Diesel Locomotive Service Manual exploded views & parts l
Price: $39.99 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 40m
989 American Flyer Northwestern Reefer [Lot 1-F2]
989 American Flyer Northwestern Reefer [Lot 1-F2]
Price: $89.99 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 40m
Lot of 7 Vintage American Flyer Marx Freight Train Engine Cars Pre-War?
Lot of 7 Vintage American Flyer Marx Freight Train Engine Cars Pre-War?
Price: $350.00 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 40m