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S Scale Trains (1:64)

A History

It’s believed the first 1:64 scale train was built in 1896. Although not yet called S scale, working models would be available in England in the early 20th century, but it wasn't until the 1930s that manufacturers would begin modeling S scale trains in greater volume. Modeling with the S scale is a fantastic option because you don't need the same amount of space as you do for an O scale layout. Yet, because S scale is closer to O than HO, the detail on your trains and accessories is easily visible even when your trains are traveling at speed around your layout.

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