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captaincog 09-06-2015 08:45 PM

Why not try some of the Railking cars? I have them in three different road names and they do work on O27.

bobyoung 09-22-2015 09:35 PM

Scale O Gauge vis-a-vis 1/48 Scale
Nearly all of my freight consists are Scale (1/48), but there is considerable difference between Atlas O, K-Line Scale, MTH Premier and Lionel Standard O. I don't think I have any Lionel Standard O left. Seems to me the MTH Premier and the Atlas O are more consistent. The K-Line Scale is a little smaller in most cases, but I surmise that K-Line was making Scale of the smaller real thing. The only freight car I have left that is semi-scale is the K-Line Texas Mexican Railway Boxcar. The only way I will part with it is to have it pried from my stiff dead fingers.

bobyoung 09-22-2015 09:40 PM

I also have an MTH Texas & Pacific Caboose that is Rail King, but is nearer 1/48 scale than most Rail King. :D

gunrunnerjohn 09-23-2015 09:59 AM

FYI, quite a few RK items are scale sized. Many of the smaller switch engines, stuff like the bobber cabooses, and their 70 ton ore hoppers are all scale sized.

bobyoung 10-02-2015 09:04 AM

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All scale size by different manufacturers.Attachment 83378 I have attempted to upload pictures, but don't know if successful.

eljefe 10-03-2015 02:56 PM

When I watch real trains, I've seen boxcars of varying sizes all connected together. It makes my feel better about having cars of differing dimensions in my consists.

Lee Willis 10-07-2015 08:41 AM

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Definitely - boxcars, tan cars, gondolas and other types of the same type of car vary slightly in size in the real world. I think it is more realistic when they do on the layout. I actually like the fact there is a tiny variation between cars of different manufacturers (and sometimes even among the same, from different years' productions).

The photo below shows what I think does not work out, though, at least for me. Both are Lionel O-gauge products, a standard size (1:48 scale) Santa Fe "Map slogan" car on the left, and a traditional size one on the right. These I never run together.

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Matt_GNo27 02-09-2016 09:47 PM

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Note: Within the non-O-scale K-Line offerings there are those that use the old Marx O-27 molds & are so small that K-Line also sold them with American Flyer trucks as S-gauge cars & there are those that are comparable to Lionel's traditional O-gauge cars.
Attached is a photo of two K-line boxcars:on the left, K-6454, an imitation of Lionel's classic 6464 boxcars, & on the right, K-5122—made from a Marx mold.

DMASSO 04-16-2016 08:26 PM

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I just built this multiguage shelf at our club to help explain the differences to the our visitors. I still have a few things to add including signage.

ErnestHouse 09-05-2016 03:19 PM

Crap crap crap. Dad collected and handed down 15 rolling stock, 2 cabooses and 4 engines of postwar "Lionel Traditional" scale stuff. Thought I had a good head of steam going into this but it's actually an anchor. Looks like "Scale" is the place to be. Crap. :smilie_daumenneg:

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