train accessories

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by Pat Roma, Jun 21, 2002.

  1. Pat Roma

    Pat Roma New Member

    What is the proper scale or guage for accessories to O gauge trains such as ,People, cars, buildings etc. I have asked this question in local hobby shops and get different replys.
  2. Catt

    Catt Guest

    The proper scale for US 0 scale is 1:48 or 1/4" scale.
  3. Pat Roma

    Pat Roma New Member


    Thanks CATT, big help for future of my new layout. PS, how do I send a photo of a model I built of the Battleship Missouri to anyone interested? It is radio controled and all wood construction witcxh took approx., 9 months to complete.

  4. billk

    billk Active Member

    Welcome to The Gauge, Pat. I'm sure any pix of your modeling efforts would be appreciated here.

    By the way, I see by your profile that you are interested in building a small (4x8) O scale layout. Uhhh, you might want to rethink either the size or the scale. Maybe some of the rest of us can comment on that.
  5. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    O scales

    If you got different replies, there are different O gauges out there.
    O gauge is 1.25". If we use 1/4" to 1' scale, that's a 5 foot gauge, fine for the US South up to the civil war.
    The reaction to this was (1) ignore it (2) narrow the gauge to 1 3/16" (4'9" prototype) (3) build to a larger scale (17/64"=1') (about 1:45.176....)
    Option (2) meant building all your track and trying to squeeze your drivers in by 1/16". This was called Q gauge.
    Option (3) meant you could buy commercial track and wheels but had to build everything else.
    (1) has had the majority opinion for years; there are some fine scale people that I think are trying to revive (2).

    It is sometimes said that O-27 trains are built to 3/16"=1' (1:64 or S scale). I think this is leftover from pre war American Flyer, because they used it and then after the war switched to S gauge.

    The British use 7mm=1' and call it 1:43 or 1:43.5. Track gauge is 32 mm, but someone wants to use 31mm.

    Can anyone tell me if the metric countries use 1:50 scale?

    Go with Catt! 1:48, 1/4"=1", 1 1/4" gauge.

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