Menards Busses

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Menards Busses
Posted by Major on Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:42 AM

S scale has no buses available and while I was looking at the Menard flat cars with buses on them I wonder what scale are the buses.  Are they smaller that the 1/50th scale buses that are available? Any assistance on answering this question would be appreciated!


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Posted by robmcc on Thursday, May 18, 2017 8:07 PM

Even though I don't have any of them, I have looked at them at the store and the buses are darn close to S gauge. The buses are about 7 to 8 inches long depending on the model . If I did my math correct, 7" converts to 37' in S gauge and 8" converts to 42.5'. The average bus length is about 40', so you should be in the ball park with them.

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Posted by lionelsoni on Friday, May 19, 2017 8:25 AM

The width of a bus is its most reliable dimension.  It's usually 8 1/2 feet, or 2 1/8 inches in 1/48 O scale and 1 19/32 in 1/64 S scale.

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Posted by robmcc on Saturday, May 20, 2017 8:18 AM

Good point, Bob. I forgot to add that dimension to my original post. I have a few of the Menards flat cars and they are 2 1/8" wide. Looking at the photos, there appears to be about a 1/2" space on each side of the buses. If that's the case, it would make the bus width 1 5/8" which would convert to 104".  Major, you could re-post the question in the Menards Q & A post and Mark could give you a definitive answer. Based on my observations, I do think they are 1:64 scale or very, very close.

Another option is to reach out to some of the regular posting Flyer guys like Jim (Sturgeon-Phish) or Northwoods Flyer and see if they can advise on S gauge buses.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Saturday, May 20, 2017 9:46 AM

Another thing you can do is check if there's any close-out places in your area like a "Big Lots", or any dollar stores.  Bring a ruler with you and check the toy sections to see what kind of toy cars and other vehicles they have and keep your fingers crossed.  You never know.


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