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Model train scales and track width

Gauge Scale Track Width
G 1:25 1.75"
O 1:48 1.25"
S 1:64 0.875"
HO 1:78 0.625"
N 1:160 0.375"
Z 1:220 0.25"

Tips for maintaining/repairing model trains

Conversion

Parts

  • Screw Gauges
  • Most common crews in HO trains: #0–80 × 3/8" machine screws (1/16" dia.) and #2–56 × 1/2" (3/32" dia.)

Couplers - Kadee #5 (gearbox style) and #148 (whisker style) medium centerset are good starting place - Coupler machine screws (1/16" dia.): 0–80 × 3/8"

Repairing model train motors
- Websites: HO Seeker and Tyco Forums

  • Use Gardner Bender Ox-Gard OX-100 on all electrical contacts
  • Use a Dremmel tool with wire polishing bit to polish contacts
  • Use Mag1 high temp disk break wheel bearing grease of the gears, do not use oil.
  • Apply one drop of oil to the end of shafts where thrust washers are. No more!!!
  • Can use baking soda with super glue to repair cracked gears because there baking soda causes the got to cure instantly. Fill a crack with solid baking soda. Add super glue on top. The baking soda makes cyanoacylate glues harden instantly.

Wishlist:

  • Corn field
  • balsa wood
  • grey brick wall
  • Grey roof tile like our garage
  • wood siding
  • Spanish roof tiles
  • Mixed balsa wood
  • hardwood floors
  • base board
  • Train station
  • Pine trees

Building construction

Scenery construction


Miscellaneous

Information on the real trains behind our models

  • Tyco Union Pacific "Omaha GP-20" diesel engine 5628 (model from 1970s)

  • Lionel Republic Steel 9142 gondola car, year 1971

Train history facts

  • Oldest steam train:
  • Biggest steam train ever:
  • Fastest steam train ever:
  • Biggest Diesel train ever:
  • Fastest Diesel train ever: