M&K Junction Railroad

M&K Junction Railroad
Another train of eastbound coal crosses the Cheat River

Monday, July 20, 2009


This is a place to discuss 2-Rail, O Scale railroading - but all model railroaders are welcome!

For those of you who don't know, O Scale does not refer to well-defined scale/gauge combination like HO does. There are 2 railers and 3 railers who call themselves "O". While 1:48 (1/4 in. = 1 Foot) is the accepted proportions for O scale in the US, in Europe the scale is 1:45 (17/64 in. = 1 Foot) and "Traditional" size (O-27) 3-rail trains use a proportion anywhere between 1:55 and 1:64. Finally the predominant gauge is 1 1/4 in. which, using the 1:48 scale common in the US, scales out to an incorrect 5 feet; there is a small community of US O scalers who re-gauge track and wheelsets to the exact 4' 8 1/2" gauge and call themselves "Proto:48"

We'll not belabor these differences here. We will not engage in the internecine 2 vs. 3 rail conflict; nor will we have any flame wars over the three command control systems in use in O (DCC, DCS and TMCC/Legacy).

So let's talk model railroading in the larger scale - whatever flavor you pursue.

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