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robertscountrylady@eastex

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« on: May 22, 2007, 11:06:41 AM »

I have a vintage metal train track. The track has 3 rails and measures 1  5/16 inches between the outer rails. This is measured from inside to inside. Can someone please tell me what scale this is so that I might be able to purchase a train for this track. Thanks for any help.
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2007, 11:22:11 AM »

It might be Standerd scale track by lionel or you can look it up on google.
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2007, 11:48:59 AM »

This would be O gauge tin plate, like Lionel.  The curve of the curved track would determine if it is O gauge or 0-27.
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robertscountrylady@eastex

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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2007, 01:17:59 PM »

Not sure what you mean by curve of the track. I am wanting to know what the scale is so that I know what type train to buy. Thanks.
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2007, 02:34:57 PM »

Buy Lionel.  Take a piece of curved track to a place that sells Lionel and they can tell you if you have O gauge or O-27.  Model trains, as a rule, go by gauge, not scale.  But O gauge is approximately 1/4" = 1 foot.  Lionel is high rail or semi-scale and actually is not 1/4 inch. 
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robertscountrylady@eastex

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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2007, 03:15:01 PM »

I  live in the country boonies. No train places around.  This is a very small track only consist of 8 curved pieces and only 4 straight pieces.  I want to buy a train online to run on this track. But I do not know what kind to buy.  Thanks.
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2007, 03:36:36 PM »

You might want to try Caboose Hobbies in Colorado by e-mail for an answer. At least you will get straight talk.

Jonathan
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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2007, 04:00:51 PM »

Assemble the curved track in a circle. Measure the circle.  If it is about 27" in diameter, then you have O-27 track.

If it is about 72", then you have O-72 track. There are some other sizes as well:

  http://www.thortrains.net/TINO1.HTM
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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2007, 05:04:36 PM »

O.K. I put all the curved pieces together and from outside to outside it measured 26  1/2 inches across.  But this still does not help me are tell me what type train I need to buy.  So sorry to seem so dumb but I know nothing about trains except that I want one for this track and don't want to buy the wrong size and then it won't work on the track. Thanks for everyone's help.
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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2007, 05:39:46 PM »

Like Gene said, you need a Lionel or other three rail O guage train that is Lionel compatable, like those made by MTH, K-Line(now part of Lionel) and others.

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« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2007, 05:42:30 PM »

robertscountrylady@eastex:

Sounds like the track you have is Lionel 0-27 three rail. That is nominally 0-Scale tinplate with 27" diameter curves.

If you plan on using this track, you will need trains designed for three rail operation. That means you will have somewhat limited choices in terms of manufacturers and equipment.

Google "0-27 Three Rail Trains" and you will get thousands of hits from suppliers, interest groups and web sites.

Bachmann doesn't make any equipment for your track.

Hope this helps.

Happy RRing,

Jerry Bowers
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« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2007, 06:11:15 PM »

I have a vintage metal train track. ...
Is your track heavily rusted? If yes, you will better off buying new track that goes with a train you like.

What do you have to connect to the track to power a locomotive?
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« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2007, 06:40:02 PM »

I have a vintage metal train track. ...
Is your track heavily rusted? If yes, you will better off buying new track that goes with a train you like.

What do you have to connect to the track to power a locomotive?


Or you could buy an abrasive cleaning bar to clean off the rust.

Or you could use vinegar to clean off the rust.
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You need to buy O scale, 0-27 type, 3-railed equipment. You also need to buy a transformer for the track and either Lionel or some other manufacturer's O scale equipment.


Hope this help,
Paul M.
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« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2007, 06:41:09 PM »

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equipment= locomotive, freight cars and caboose
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« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2007, 08:01:40 PM »

Robert,

I still suggest calling Caboose Hobbies in Colorado on their toll free line for
assistance and answer to your question. They can then help you purchase the train you are looking for.

Jerry B (above) comes close to helping with info.

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