O scale model trains are all proportioned 1:48 to the prototype?Modelers who know better seem to carelessly use the word "scale," when they mean "gauge," which I believe is a source of massive confusion for those who don't understand the distinction. It's perpetuated right in the forum titles, here.
O-gauge is typically 1:43 scale, gauge referring to the rail profile (1-1/4" centers, etc.), and not the scale size. Most model rail gauges are at odds with the true scale of the locos, as necessitated by reasonably small layout tables.
This confusion really gets people, when you start discussing On30, which is really HO gauge in O scale (~1:43). :lol
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Actually, it depends on what area of the world you're in. In the US, O-scale is 1:48 for virtually all the manufacturers. In Europe, and probably other parts of the world, they use 1:43 as O-scale.O-gauge is typically 1:43 scale, gauge referring to the rail profile (1-1/4" centers, etc.), and not the scale size. Most model rail gauges are at odds with the true scale of the locos, as necessitated by reasonably small layout tables.
So, while searching for a manual to tell me how to get my 675 loco apart for lubrication and service this evening, I came across the manual for my 2321 FM Trainmaster. The original Lionel paper refers to it as the "FM Trainmaster," not the "FM Train Master". I knew I had seen it that way somewhere.
It's not my collection--just a picture I found on another site. At the time, we had a few people here asking what size of train they should buy, so I thought this was a nice way of giving some idea how the different gauges compare.Great pic, man, everyone must love the Santa Fe F3 and the Santa Fe F7.
But... Standard Gauge and T Gauge are missing. Hulk smash!
One question though, why was Marx used for the O Scale F3/F7? Not that it's bad, Marx trains are fun, but it's less realistic.