Standard Gauge Toy Trains

Posted on January 20th, 2012 by admin in Model Train Makes and Models

Standard Gauge Toy Trains
Standard Gauge Toy Trains



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TO RESTORE AMERICAN FLYER STANDARD GAUGE TOY TRAIN ELECTRIC ENGINE CAB
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GENUINE ORIGINAL PAIR OF LIONEL 408E STANDARD GAUGE TOY TRAIN BRASS SIDE PLATES
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ORIGINAL STANDARD GAUGE TOY TRAIN PASSENGER CAR ROOF AMERICAN FLYER LIONEL PART
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ORIGINAL STANDARD GAUGE TOY TRAIN PASSENGER CAR ROOF AMERICAN FLYER LIONEL PART
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VINTAGE STANDARD GAUGE TOY TRAIN WHEELS w AXLES ORIGINAL RED PAINT 1
VINTAGE STANDARD GAUGE TOY TRAIN WHEELS w AXLES ORIGINAL RED PAINT 1
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Williams 1975 1976 Standard Gauge Catalog Vintage Tinplate Toy Train
Williams 1975 1976 Standard Gauge Catalog Vintage Tinplate Toy Train
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TOY LIONEL TRAIN 408E STANDARD GAUGE NEAR BLACKSBURG VIRGINIA TECH
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HUGE ALL METAL GENUINE ORIGINAL LIONEL STANDARD GAUGE TOY TRAIN HELLGATE BRIDGE
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ORIGINAL LIONEL STANDARD GAUGE TOY TRAIN RAILROAD CROSSING ARM RESTORE PART NICE
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Vintage Standard Gauge Lionel Train box Car Toy Ca1920s
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CLASSIC TOY TRAINS MAGAZINE OCT 1999 MODEL RAILROAD SUPER STANDARD GAUGE COLLECT
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Vintage Standard Gauge Lionel Train Car Toy Ca1920s crusty and rusty
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Vintage Standard Gauge Lionel Train Car Toy Ca1920s  65781
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Vintage Book Toy Trains of YesteryearThe Trains of Lionels Standard Gauge Era
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Vintage Lionel 219 Derrick Crane Standard Gauge Prewar Model Toy Train Car
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Cowboy with Lasso Standard Gauge Wild West train figure New Reproduction
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toy trains of yesteryear the trains of lionels standard gauge era 3rd big print
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Lionel Ives standard gauge antique tin train switch tracks
Lionel Ives standard gauge antique tin train switch tracks
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Lionel Bing Marklin Ives standard gauge Antique tin train track
Lionel Bing Marklin Ives standard gauge Antique tin train track
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Podfoot Indian w Spear  Knife Reproduction Standard Gauge western train figure
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Podfoot Indian with Shield  Tomahawk Repro Standard Gauge western train figure
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Collection Of 1 32 Die Cast Cars Use With Standard Gauge Trains
Collection Of 1 32 Die Cast Cars Use With Standard Gauge Trains
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Very old Lionel Standard Gauge Toy Freight Train cars 214 211 and 217
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I love toy trains standard gauge

Collecting toy train sets is an extremely popular hobby among numerous people. Some people collect them because they are reminded of their early days, or because they had one or two of these realistic toys passed down to them through the generations. Standard gauge toy trains are one of the most popular collectible toy trains. There are various replicas and styles to choose from, and some of these model trains are quite hard to come by. If you are new to collecting toy trains or are just looking for unique pieces to add to your train collection, you are about to find out what makes these mini-locomotives a spectacular tradition in toy trains.

So what exactly makes a normal gauge toy train more popular than others? Ask some collectors of standard gauge toy trains and they're likely to explain it in immense detail. Standard gauge trains typically tend to model the standardoriginal trains more precisely than other obtainable gauges. Compared to other toy trains, such as replicas of old Lionel, standard gauge trains truly have an exclusive way of grabbing people’s attention. This is probably because the standard gauge toy trains are strikingly indistinguishable to the actual trains used in the days of old.

The idea of toy trains has existed for centuries and at one time, was the toy of choice for several young people in America. The standard gauge toy train was an thought originally put into motion by the Lionel Corporation, in an effort to increase the sales of toy trains in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. The expression 'standard gauge' refers to the size and diameter of train tracks for the toy trains. The Lionel Corporation urbanized a three-rail track of about 54 mm between each outside rail, which in turn did not work very well with gauge 1 productions from Europe. Soon the idea multiplied to other manufacturers in America, under the given name "wide gauge". Standard gauge was discontinued in 1940 due to the costly amount of production. It is now a desired collection attribute because standard gauge is precisely correct to its actual larger model version in mean scale.

Standard gauge toy trains continue to be a popular collection item as it nears its centennial anniversary. It has become the selection of many collectors and is most popular on display around the holidays, seen in more than a few stores and shopping malls. So where can one find these exceptional pieces? There are quite a few places to locate standard gauge toy trains and for excellent deals if you know where to look. An effortless search of the internet will provide you with numerous websites that sell standard gauge items, as well as eBay and other online auctions. You can also find several informational websites and places to contribute in blogging on standard gauge toy trains.

Standard Gauge Toy Trains

The Meaning of Model Train Scale

When you say you are modeling in HO scale what does scale mean and what is the difference between scales and gauge? In model trains began with what was called Carpet Railways. These were built usually out of brass, and were basically a boiler on wheels. The boiler was filled with water and the burner was lit. The engine ran until it ran out of fuel or hit a piece of furniture sometimes turning over and spilling flaming fuel over the floor. These trains had no scale they were whatever size the modeler made them. Electric trains appeared around the turn of the 20th century, but these trains still had no certain size or scale. Even after manufacturers began making commercially produced model there was a difference between model sizes according to the maker. It could be very frustrating to buy the track and maybe the rolling stock from one company saying it was O scale, and buying the locomotive from another manufacture as an O scale. You get the locomotive home and it would not fit your track.

The NMRA (National Model Railroad Association) was formed in 1935 in the USA. They started trying to get a standard set of rules set up to govern the manufacturing of model trains. Also the MOROP was founded in Genoa Italy in 1954 that began setting standards for European manufacturers. The scale of a model is usually defined by the ratio of the model to the real prototype. For example, Z scale in the USA has a ratio of 1:220, with N scale being 1:160, and HO scale 1:87 ratio. Even with these rules in affect there are still some differences in scale. In O scale the ratio can range from 1:43.5 for models in Great Britain and France to 1:45 in Germany and in the USA the ratio is 1:48. Even though you have these different scales in the O, they all run on the same gauge of track 1.25 inches between rails. The chart below gives you an idea of gauge and scale.

Gauge Designation

Space Between Rails

Scale 
(fractional equivalent)

Standard**

2.125" (54mm)

1:24**

G

1.75" (45mm)

1:22.5 or 1:20.3

No. 1

1.75" (45mm)

1:29 or 1:32

O**

1.25" (32mm)*

1:48**

Proto-48

1.169" (43mm)

1:48

S

.875" (22.5mm)

1:64

OO

3/4" (19mm)

1:76

HO

.650" (16.5mm)

1:87

TT

.471" (12mm)

1:120

N

.354" (9mm)

1:160

Z

.256" (6mm)

1:220

* O gauge measures from the center of the two outside rails.

** These gauges of track are used by toy trains without much attention to scale. Closest approximations would be as shown, though they can vary quite a bit.

So you see that there is a big difference between scale and gauge. When you begin to model your train layout always make sure that the ratio is the same if you want everything in proportion. Especially when it comes to automobiles and other equipment you need to be careful there is a great range of sizes that claim to be the same scale. Just remember the main thing about model trains scale is to always have fun modeling. For more information you can go to http://www.trainmodelingbook.com/model-train-scale-what-it-means/.

Thank you,

Steve Barnett

About the Author

Steve Barnett is a model train expert. For more great tips on model train scale, visit

http://www.trainmodelingbook.com/model-train-scale-what-it-means/

The MTH "Blues" - Standard Gauge Trains



MARX STANDARD GAUGE SIZE PULL TOY FLOOR TRAIN COMPLETE PENNSYLVANIA
MARX STANDARD GAUGE SIZE PULL TOY FLOOR TRAIN COMPLETE PENNSYLVANIA
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TO RESTORE AMERICAN FLYER STANDARD GAUGE TOY TRAIN ELECTRIC ENGINE CAB
TO RESTORE AMERICAN FLYER STANDARD GAUGE TOY TRAIN ELECTRIC ENGINE CAB
$9.95
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GENUINE ORIGINAL PAIR OF LIONEL 408E STANDARD GAUGE TOY TRAIN BRASS SIDE PLATES
GENUINE ORIGINAL PAIR OF LIONEL 408E STANDARD GAUGE TOY TRAIN BRASS SIDE PLATES
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ORIGINAL STANDARD GAUGE TOY TRAIN PASSENGER CAR ROOF AMERICAN FLYER LIONEL PART
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ORIGINAL STANDARD GAUGE TOY TRAIN PASSENGER CAR ROOF AMERICAN FLYER LIONEL PART
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VINTAGE STANDARD GAUGE TOY TRAIN WHEELS w AXLES ORIGINAL RED PAINT 1
VINTAGE STANDARD GAUGE TOY TRAIN WHEELS w AXLES ORIGINAL RED PAINT 1
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Williams 1975 1976 Standard Gauge Catalog Vintage Tinplate Toy Train
Williams 1975 1976 Standard Gauge Catalog Vintage Tinplate Toy Train
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TOY LIONEL TRAIN 408E STANDARD GAUGE NEAR BLACKSBURG VIRGINIA TECH
TOY LIONEL TRAIN 408E STANDARD GAUGE NEAR BLACKSBURG VIRGINIA TECH
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Toy Trains of Yesteryear LIONELs STANDARD GAUGE ERA NEW BOOK
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DVD Richard Kughns Train Layouts  Collections O  Standard Gauge Toys Bonus TM
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SET OF ELEVEN STANDARD GAUGE TOY TRAIN PREWAR WHEELS SIX 1  1 8  FIVE 1 INCH
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HUGE ALL METAL GENUINE ORIGINAL LIONEL STANDARD GAUGE TOY TRAIN HELLGATE BRIDGE
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ORIGINAL LIONEL STANDARD GAUGE TOY TRAIN RAILROAD CROSSING ARM RESTORE PART NICE
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Vintage Standard Gauge Lionel Train box Car Toy Ca1920s
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CLASSIC TOY TRAINS MAGAZINE OCT 1999 MODEL RAILROAD SUPER STANDARD GAUGE COLLECT
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Vintage Standard Gauge Lionel Train Car Toy Ca1920s crusty and rusty
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MTH 332 Christmas Baggage SANTA Standard Gauge Toy Train 10 5077 sealed
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Vintage Standard Gauge Lionel Train Car Toy Ca1920s  65781
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Vintage Book Toy Trains of YesteryearThe Trains of Lionels Standard Gauge Era
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Directory Spring 2006 100 Years Standard Gauge Toy Trains Model V52 2A
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Vintage Lionel 219 Derrick Crane Standard Gauge Prewar Model Toy Train Car
Vintage Lionel 219 Derrick Crane Standard Gauge Prewar Model Toy Train Car
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Cowboy with Lasso Standard Gauge Wild West train figure New Reproduction
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toy trains of yesteryear the trains of lionels standard gauge era 3rd big print
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Lionel Ives standard gauge antique tin train switch tracks
Lionel Ives standard gauge antique tin train switch tracks
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Lionel Bing Marklin Ives standard gauge Antique tin train track
Lionel Bing Marklin Ives standard gauge Antique tin train track
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Podfoot Indian w Spear  Knife Reproduction Standard Gauge western train figure
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Podfoot Indian with Shield  Tomahawk Repro Standard Gauge western train figure
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Collection Of 1 32 Die Cast Cars Use With Standard Gauge Trains
Collection Of 1 32 Die Cast Cars Use With Standard Gauge Trains
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Very old Lionel Standard Gauge Toy Freight Train cars 214 211 and 217
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