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Standard Scale Model Railroads & Trains

Standard scale, more accurately called standard gauge, was a product of the Lionel model train company. First offered in 1906, these trains ran on tracks with a distance of 2.125 inches between the rails. The tracks included a third track in the middle through which electricity ran to power the model trains. Lionel named the track size standard gauge and filed for a trademark on the name.

Even though Lionel had declared this gauge standard, the gauge measured differently in Europe, where they produced the tracks with a distance of 2 inches between the tracks. Since there was no standard-model scale to go with the tracks, model trains were produced in various sizes to run on the standard-gauge tracks. Lionel's competitors soon began producing standard-gauge model... Read more

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