to the O Page.
O, what does this mean. "O"
indicates we are modeling in O-scale
which in North America is a ratio
of 1 to 48 or 1:48 or 1 foot in
the model equals 48 feet in the
real world. O-scale trains run
on 9mm track. Standard gauge track
in the real world is 4ft 8.5 inches
between the rails.
O gauge usually implies a toy
train running on three-rail track,
scaled at approximately 1:48.
To many it is a gauge which allows
larger precision models to be
made to. Using the odd scale of
7 mm = 12 inches a scale of 1/43.5
is established. Especially in
the UK many models are made to
this scale for running on layouts,
small and large, indoors and out.
United States, O scale is defined
as 1:48 (0.25 inches to the foot,
"quarter inch scale"
1/4 inch equals one foot). This
is also a common dollhouse scale,
giving more options for buildings,
figures, and accessories. Many
O scale layouts are also accessorized
with 1:43 scale model cars.
While 1:48 is a very convenient
scale for modeling using the Imperial
system (a quarter-inch equals
one scale foot), the discrepancy
between O scale in the United
States and in Europe is attributed
to Lionel misreading the original