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A Question...
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 10, 2001 9:17 PM
Hello, I've just recently gotten interested in model trains. I will be buying my first train set within the next few days...it will most likely be an HO scale lionel. What i need to know is--will engines made by other companies besides lionel still work on a lionel set? I've seen engines on ebay that i'd like to have..but i don't know if they'll work on the set i'll be getting. I think one of the engines was made by atlas. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank You!
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, February 11, 2001 3:22 PM
Randy, Double check, Lionel stop making HO products awhile ago. If you by a starter set from Athern, Walthers or Mantua in HO, you will have no problems with running other engines on your track.
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Posted by sumpter250 on Sunday, February 11, 2001 7:25 PM
Randy
I'll second Vern's reply, and add, if you would like steam, the Bachmann starter set which includes the spectrum series 2-8-0. In any case,These recommendations ( mine and Vern's) are names thet have been in HO model railroading for a long time and can be depended on. Also, Kalmbach publising has a lot of good literature on getting started.
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Posted by Algonquin on Monday, February 12, 2001 8:08 AM
Hi Randy,

As the others have said, Lionel stopped making HO scale in the early 60's. They primarilly make "O" gauge, but also make American Flyer "S" gauge and a little "G" gauge.

Lionel O gauge (three rail) is fully compatable with other manufacturers making three rail O gauge (K-Line, MTH, Williams, Weaver, Third Rail, Industrial Rail) and vice versa.

If you have any more questions, post them, we will all try to help.

Tim P.

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Posted by Algonquin on Monday, February 12, 2001 10:14 AM
I forgot to mention that all Atlas "O" engines and cars are fully compatible with Lionel.

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 12, 2001 11:10 AM
Thank you all for the advice!!! I'd read where the HO scale was most popular in model trains, so i kinda took for granted that the Lionel trains would be HO. I've found an Athearn starter set i'm gonna order. I've always loved trains..i live in Spruce Pine, NC and the CSX runs here in town..about 150 or 200 yards behind my house actually. I saw some clinchfield cars on ebay a few days ago and that got my mind off baseball cards and onto model trains instead. I won 3 clinchfield boxcars last night on there. I'm not sure if i paid too much or not..but i hadn't seen many clinchfield boxcars on the model train dealer sites i've been on, so i made sure i got 3 at least. I remember the clinchfield trains running here when i was a kid, so i'd like to eventually get a clinchfield engine, caboose and more boxcars and coal cars. I hope clinchfield cars won't be too hard to find. I'll also be buying CSX cars and engines too. My only problem will be space...i live in a small house without much room. What i plan to do is remove the mattress and springs from the top bunk bed and put a piece of plywood down and set up a layout there. If that don't work out though..i'll put up a table somewhere here. I may also have to change from the HO scale to N scale. I'll have a 6ft 3 inch by 3ft 3inch layout...that may be too small for HO trains. I'll wait til i get the HO set and see. Thanks again for the advice...and i'm sure i'll be asking for more advice in the coming weeks.
Randy
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 12, 2001 12:39 PM
To make the most of your small 6'3"x3'3" space, I'd go with N-scale. Granted, it is more difficult to detail N-scale models, and there is a somewhat smaller availability of kits and rolling stock, but it would allow you to pack a lot of railroading into that small space.

Recommend staying clear of Z-scale. While it would give you that much more scale acerage, it is problematic at best to work with, and has a very small selection of equipment and such available.
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Posted by snowey on Friday, February 23, 2001 2:37 AM
no, 6'3" by 3'3" is PLENTY of space for HO scale. With that much room, though, you might want to look into N scale, which is smaller, but you'll bee able to pack in twice as much. Before you do anything, though, I'd reccomend buying some of the books from Kalmbach (WWW.KALMBACHBOOKS.COM)and Atlas (WWW.ATLASRR.COM). They have some exellent advice. Atlas also has some layout planning software for your computer. Hope this helps you, & good luck! (you've discovered a really great hobby!)
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