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Lionel trains have collectors ranging from young to old, male to female, amateur to professional.No childhood should be without a train. A motto from our past that we at Lionel believe still rings true today. Beginning with a Lionel train set, this hobby provides the flexibility of a construction set, the action of an electronic game, and a character all its own. Many Lionel products contain some very high-tech features. However, rather than remain stuck in front of a two-dimensional screen, young and old model railroaders alike can create a three-dimensional miniature world of their very own. As many seasoned model railroaders will attest, a railroad is never donethere is always more to build, add, or modify. With more variety than ever before, there are Lionel trains & products to suit every budget. As we have for over 100 years, Lionel will be there for every step of your familys lifelong journey down the rails.
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Gauge On the real railroads as well as toy trains,
gauge refers to the distance between the outside rails of the track.
Lionel O gauge track systemswhich include O, O-27, and FasTrackall
measure 1 ¼" between the outer rails. Any O gauge car or
locomotive can ride on Lionel O gauge track, as long as the curve track
used on your layout can accommodate your particular cars (see Minimum
Curve section below).
Lionel G gauge track, which is wider than O gauge, supports G gauge cars and locomotives. Lionel S gauge track is narrower than O, and supports American Flyer and other S gauge cars.
Scale measures the relationship between a model and the real thing. Most Lionel cars generally measure about 1:48 scale. This relationship is approximate for the Lionel Traditional line of cars and locomotives, which typically can run on layouts with tight curves (like O-27 or O-31). Lionel Standard O freight cars and engines, which are made to be as exact as possible to 1:48 scale, oftentimes require a wider minimum curve, such as O-36 or more.
This measurement is very useful in purchasing track, locomotives, and rolling stock that are compatible with one another. For example, assemble O-72 curved track into a circle and you will have a 72" diameter layout. Assemble O-31 curved track into a circle, and you will have a layout 31" in diameter. Lionel TrainBookA locomotive with a Minimum Curve requirement of O-31 will run on a layout with O-72 curves, but a locomotive with a Minimum Curve requirement of O-72 will not run on a layout with O-31 curves. For more information on easy layout planning, see The Lionel Train Book found on page 203.
Recommended Minimum Curve
Our locomotives and rolling stock are thoroughly tested to determine their Minimum Curve requirement. In some cases, a car or locomotive may be able to easily negotiate most, but not all, possible track configurations for that Minimum Curve. For these products, a Recommended Minimum Curve is also given. This larger measurement allows for all combinations of our track and switches.
October 2, 2012