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Discussion Boards => Williams by Bachmann => Topic started by: kcsl3 on December 26, 2014, 08:56:03 PM



Title: Ready to run sets
Post by: kcsl3 on December 26, 2014, 08:56:03 PM
Are the ready to run set pieces standard 0 scale or 027?

Kevin Grey


Title: Re: Ready to run sets
Post by: phillyreading on December 27, 2014, 09:49:56 AM
They should have O gauge track unless it states that it has 027 or no track.
The track that came with some sets in past years has been Industrial Rail(now owned by Atlas O Trains) track. The term "Snap fit track" is Industrial Rail track. Not sure if this track can be purchased for separate sale, however you could purchase track pins on the website here under parts.
Also the transformer can be an Atlas or Williams 80 watt transformer, both transformers are good.

Lee F.


Title: Re: Ready to run sets
Post by: phillyreading on December 27, 2014, 12:43:07 PM
My personal opinion is to use tubular track. Buy a train set without track and then use tubular track like 031 or 042 curves and switches. Or you can use Gargraves track and switches as these work well with Williams engines and won't give you problems like Lionel switches will.

Lee F.


Title: Re: Ready to run sets
Post by: kcsl3 on December 27, 2014, 04:31:58 PM
How about the size of the train engines and cars?  Standard 0 or 027 scale?


Title: Re: Ready to run sets
Post by: phillyreading on December 28, 2014, 01:56:13 PM
How about the size of the train engines and cars?  Standard 0 or 027 scale?

You will have to see one of the sets in person, like at a hobby shop to be able to answer the question for you. However most of the Williams engines are near O scale in size.
FYI There is no use of standard for O gauge trains, it is one of three primary sizes; scale, semi scale or 027.

The term Standard refers to Standard Gauge trains made before WW1.

Lee F.


Title: Re: Ready to run sets
Post by: Len on December 28, 2014, 04:30:22 PM
Except a few years back Lionel, when they went completely to FasTrack in their sets, announced they were no longer using the the 'O' and 'O27' terminology. They switched to 'Standard O' and 'Traditional O' instead.

And yes, a lot of folks came into the LHS looking for 'Standard Gauge' (the prewar big stuff) track, locos, and rolling stock. Unfortunately, several other companies and retailers, as well as TCA folks, have also started using Lionel's new terminology. So it can get confusing.

Personally, I still prefer 'O' and 'O27' to differrentiate the 1:48 from the 1:50 (or there abouts) equipment. Keeping in mind that with the 1-1/4" actual gauge 3-rail track, we're actually operating on "1:48 scale" 5ft gauge railroads. ;D

Len


Title: Re: Ready to run sets
Post by: phillyreading on December 29, 2014, 06:50:19 PM
Len, I was trying to mention what WBB has in their sets.

Not trying to say what Lionel put in their sets so as to keep down the confusion.

Lee F.