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For my layout I like true 1:48 scale train items and a lot of detail... I buy rolling stock and locomotives from Lionel's Standard O line and MTH's Premier line... I was wondering which Atlas 3-rail O scale product line would best fit with what I am looking for... I took a quick look at their website, but I am suprised at how small it is for a model train manufactuer... I did figure out though that Atlas calls 1:48 scale items 1/4" scale items, which I assume refers to every foot in real life being equal to 1/4" on a model...

Any input on this?
 

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Ugh No :confused:

http://www.atlasrr.com/

Close enough. 1/48 = .02 10 feet is 120 inches to scale it is 2.4 inches. so 1/10th of 2.4 inches is about a quarter of an inch.

I will have to revisit the site to read more.
 

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Well, tell me if you find anything T-Man... I looked at this site which is specific to Atlas O, and all it really does is list the products they have... I tried to sign up at their forum, but I still have not received a confirmation e-mail from the administrator... I guess he thinks I am a spammer :laugh:

From what I can see, Trainman is their highest line, but I was reading elsewhere about a Master series which was supposed to be even more detailed, but I can not find anything about it on the Atlas site...
 

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I think this is where 3 rail is not elite. Trainman was average quality in both 2 and 3 rail. The big selection was 2 rail the GOLD series. Just saying GOLD makes you tingle all over. They had more of a selection and the price doubled. The trainman touted Lionmaster control too. The GOLD must be high rail and exact scale. This is my best guess from a quick visit THe Train master wasn't priced bad. Do you agree? I could look again?
 

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I found an eBay auction for a Master line rolling stock set... It is $100 shipped for this two car set! But oh my gosh, I can not stop drooling... These cars put my Lionel cars to shame and make my MTH cars look like toys! :eek:


I am also bidding on a different piece of Atlas rolling stock... If I win it I will be able to compare it to my Lionel and MTH rolling stock...
 

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Atlas does make some fine rolling stock. I have some Classic Steam Miller reefers that look great. Classic Steam is one of their lines like Gold.
As far as their forum I got in but it took about a week to get the confirmation email. I guess they check your email for bad listings. Also make sure it isn't in your junk file or spam block.
I also have one of their engines. Not bad but I'm into conventional. Needs to have a battery for all the sound. They use Lionel sound.
 

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This came in the mail the other day and I am definitely happy with it... There is plenty of detail, enough so that I was afraid I was going to break something when taking it out of the box, LOL... It is part of the Atlas "Big O Rolling Stock" line if that means anything to anyone :)
 

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Okay, I think I have this all figured out, LOL... The models progress as follows:

  • Industrial Rail (to my knowledge this is the only O27 sized stuff Atlas makes)
  • Trainman (these seem to be equal quality wise to MTH Premier cars)
  • Big O (these seem to be equal quality wise to Lionel "Standard O" cars)
  • Master / Steam Era Classics (these seem to surpas the quality of all other cars)
 

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Hello. I'm Alberto the newest addition to your forum. I just wanted to mention that Atlas O makes very nice passenger cars. I have a few Comet Cars in Amtrak and NJ Transit liveries.
 
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