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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.

PINE CANYON SCALE MODELS - S SCALE - MACHINE SHOP W TILE ROOF - NEW #625
PINE CANYON SCALE MODELS - S SCALE - MACHINE SHOP W  TILE ROOF - NEW #625
Price: $29.88 (11 Bids)
Sale Ends: 32m
Santa Fe Flatcar with Jet Engine Containers. SKU 6-48527. Lionel 2002.
Santa Fe Flatcar with Jet Engine Containers. SKU 6-48527. Lionel 2002.
Price: $21.99
Buy It Now: $39.95
Sale Ends: 33m
1947 American Flyer Master BOX ONLY for No. 4601 Atlantic Freight Train Set S
1947 American Flyer Master BOX ONLY for No. 4601 Atlantic Freight Train Set S
Price: $60.34 (11 Bids)
Sale Ends: 34m
PINE CANYON SCALE MODELS - S SCALE - BACK ALLEY NUMBER 1 - NEW #351S
PINE CANYON SCALE MODELS - S SCALE - BACK ALLEY NUMBER 1 - NEW #351S
Price: $67.00 (9 Bids)
Sale Ends: 34m
VINTAGE AMERICAN S SCALE ROCKET LAUNCHER CONTROL BOX....USA
VINTAGE AMERICAN S SCALE ROCKET LAUNCHER CONTROL BOX....USA
Price: $11.95 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 45m
American Flyer 48282 Carling Black Label Reefer 2-Pack:TCA 2010 (48286-48287)
American Flyer 48282 Carling Black Label Reefer 2-Pack:TCA 2010 (48286-48287)
Price: $62.00 (7 Bids)
Sale Ends: 49m
AMERICAN FLYER #6-48311 "SEASONS GREETINGS" 1991 CHRISTMAS BOX CAR-NIB!
AMERICAN FLYER #6-48311 "SEASONS GREETINGS" 1991 CHRISTMAS BOX CAR-NIB!
Price: $39.95 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 49m
AMERICAN FLYER S GAUGE NETCA 79 G. FOX & COMPANY BOXCAR 41023 FACIORY SEALED
AMERICAN FLYER S GAUGE NETCA 79 G. FOX & COMPANY BOXCAR 41023 FACIORY SEALED
Price: $49.00 (1 Bids)
Sale Ends: 53m
A F S GAUGE 648603 WABASH THREE BAY HOPPER WITH COAL LOAD, BRAND NEW
A F S GAUGE 648603 WABASH THREE BAY HOPPER WITH   COAL LOAD,  BRAND  NEW
Price: $9.99 (1 Bids)
Sale Ends: 55m
Original American Flyer No. 708 Air Chime Whistle Controller !
Original American Flyer No. 708 Air Chime Whistle Controller !
Price: $9.99 (0 Bids)
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American Flyer Parts -PA9557 Porter & PA9542 for 586 Wayside Station #249
American Flyer Parts -PA9557 Porter & PA9542 for 586 Wayside Station #249
Price: $9.95 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 1h 1m
AMERICAN FLYER, , , , # 48611, , CARGILL 3 BAY HOPPER
AMERICAN FLYER, , , , # 48611, , CARGILL 3 BAY HOPPER
Price: $39.99 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 1h 3m
American Flyer #571 Truss Bridge w Maroon Plastic Arches
American Flyer #571 Truss Bridge w  Maroon Plastic Arches
Price: $14.99 (0 Bids)
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American Flyer #571 Truss Bridge with Black Plastic Arches
American Flyer #571 Truss Bridge with Black Plastic Arches
Price: $14.99 (0 Bids)
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American flyer #23581 Black Girder Bridge - Mint-in-Box !
American flyer #23581 Black Girder Bridge - Mint-in-Box !
Price: $24.99 (1 Bids)
Sale Ends: 1h 5m