Website and Large Scale (May 2019)

We are still working our new web site, the work is quite extensive and there is some fine tuning still to do. In the shopping cart there are a lot of changes and things are different, but better. We are elaborating product information, photos and resource material. So please take some time and learn how to use it. Those who have an account from the old shopping cart, we have moved your info into the new version so there’s no change it is the same the only thing we have not done is transferred the old order history which is too extensive.

I’ve had a number of large scale “scratch builders” inquire about our “G” Scale trucks that I feel I should pass along the general info for them. Our G scale trucks are actually 1:29 scale ratio they are all metal with metal wheels with insulated bushings. Our #970 is a 50 ton A.S.F. A-3 Ride Control, #971 is a 50 ton AAR Bettendorf style, #972 is an Arch Bar style, #973 is a 70 ton Barber S-2 roller bearing, and #974 is an A.S.F. 100 ton roller bearing. All but the #974 have 33” wheels and the #974 has 36” wheels. The #972 Arch Bar has 33” rib back wheels. The #973 and #974 have rotating bearing caps. All of these trucks have our two piece design that allows the side frames to flex which equalizes the ride over rough trackage. Because of the two piece design you can not attach a truck mounted coupler. Meaning when you use our trucks you’ll have to body mount the couplers. The trucks can be fitted to most any manufacturer’s freight cars as they come with an assortment of adapters made for different makes of models. The trucks are chemically coated black and, if desired, can easily be painted or weathered.

There are many modelers that do not know the scale ratios used in model railroading so I’m going to touch a bit on this.

First, “Scale” refers to the scale size of the model and “Gauge” is the width of the track. “Narrow Gauge” means a scale size that runs on a track gauge that’s narrower than “standard gauge” (4’ 8”) track. As an example HOn3, the HO refers to the scale size of the model, the “n” means narrow gauge, and “3” (three feet) is the width of the track. “Generally” but not “always’” narrow gauge equipment is “about” 3/4 the size of Standard Gauge equipment. This is a generalization of narrow gauge, I have not really found any documentation that states that narrow gauge equipment has to be 3/4 the size of standard gauge equipment.

The following are the common scale ratios used in model railroading,

F 1;20.3, G 1:22.5, 1/2” 1:24, A 1:29, #1 1:32, O 1:48, S 1:64, OO 1:76.2, HO 1:87.1, TT 1:120, N 1:160, Z 1:220.

Please note that “Large Scale” models ranging from F scale to #1 scale has been and still is incorrectly called “G” scale to cover all of these scale sizes that run on the same 45 mm gauge track, that is actually standard gauge for #1 scale models only. This means that any large scale models other than #1 scale are actually running on a narrow gauge track. This is as far as I’m going with this because the scope of this article is not large enough for me to explain the confusion that large scale modelers are faced with.

Now go fix yourself a nice sandwich, sit back, and enjoy your model railroading.

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