Gauge of track in S scale.

CarolinaWesternRail Feb 28, 2007

  1. CarolinaWesternRail

    CarolinaWesternRail New Member

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    Hi,

    I have a question in regards to the available track in S scale(Shinohara for example).

    Is the gauge of the track really 4 ft, 8.5 inches out of the box? I know that O is 5 ft. and HO is slightly narrow, but was wondering about S.

    Thanks,
    Robyn
     
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I think this question is one we'll need to ask our own Greg Elems. Perhaps he can scale from some of his track.

    :D

    Boxcab E50​
     
  3. Greg Elems

    Greg Elems Staff Member

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    Well I just took a quick measurement of Shinohara flex track, code 100 and it scales out to 4' 9". With that being said, I didn't use a real good S scale rule to do it either. I would say the half inch overage could easily have been from my hurry and cheap ruler. Hope this helps.

    Greg
     
  4. CarolinaWesternRail

    CarolinaWesternRail New Member

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    It does. Thanks!

    I know that O is about 5 feet and (I think) HO is slightly narrower out of the box. Not sure about N.

    I just wish someone would step up to the plate and start offering GP38-2, SD40-2, and current era motive power as well as rolling stock. While I like O, I just don't have the space for it and HO (and N) is too small for me to work with. S seams to be a good scale for one that want a balance between working with larger models, but at the same time, not having the space for O.

    Maybe someday, I'll hit the lottery......

    Thanks, again,
    Robyn
     
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  5. Greg Elems

    Greg Elems Staff Member

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    Hi Robyn,

    Well if you watch eBay, there are brass GP38-2's and SD40-2's every now and then. BTS is supposed to come out with a GP40 kit soon. In the mean time American Models has two versions of the SD60 out that run very well. To go with that they have Railbox box cars, five runner spine cars for truck trailers. SHS sells well cars for containers. Current day modeling can be done, especially if you are doing a branch line. I agree though more modern equipment would be nice.

    Greg
     

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