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American Model Trains is a company, which was built to be a direct competitor to the American Flyer brand name. It creates model trains that are built on the S scale. While the scale is not very popular by modern definitions, it still enjoys quite a bit of popularity among those who prefer a lot of detail in the layouts they are building. If you enjoy detail in the scenes you create and have a pretty decent amount of space to utilize, you may want to look into using the S scale yourself.
The size of an S scale train is a 1:64 ratio. It resides in between O and HO scales. It made its debut in England before the turn of the century. It has undergone the name change from H-1 to signify it being half the size of the #1 scale train, which was 1:32 ratio.
IN 1937, it became known as CD scale because CD Models was selling a track that was compatible with the scale size. It became known as the S scale when American Flyer designed die cast steam engines from 1938 – 1942. The scale endures through the American Flyer name sold by Lionel, and through American Model Trains.
The track that is being sold for use with the trains is compatible with the American Flyer trains, but it slightly different in nature. The track that is sold by this company is called the HR or hi-rail. The company boasts the track as being superior to normal track because it offers better connectivity. Those who use the track will agree the track offers a good power supply as well as a tight connection with the wheels in order to produce a smooth, solid ride for the trains.
Because the trains sold in the S scale are larger than usual, American model trains are made with a higher degree of detail than some of the smaller model scales that are commonly sold on the market. The most popular of the trains are the steam model trains as this was the whole reason for the name of the scale to begin with. The trains are large enough to look powerful as they chug down the tracks with steam bellowing out of the stacks.
The two sets American Model Trains sells for steam are the Empire State Express and the Pacific 4-6-2. The sets include a steam-powered locomotive that will easily pull the load of cars you want behind it. The die cast material is painted in order to give you the sense of realism you are looking for in your model train. The rolling cars, which are also sold by the company, are perfect accompaniments to the locomotive.
Exploring the world of American model trains will expose the world of the S scale. If you have the means to enjoy the rather large train, you are sure not to be disappointed with your purchase. Have fun trying out the different scales in order to set upon the one you like the most. Above all else, make sure you are having fun as you build up your layout.
I hope you had a good time discovering American Model Trains