Hi rail?

Discussion in 'G / O / S Scale Model Trains' started by JoeGrapes, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. JoeGrapes

    JoeGrapes Member

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    I see references to "Hi Rail" I figured out what the meaning of 2-rail and 3-rail is but what is hi rail? Still new and learning,lol
  2. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

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    [SIZE=-1]High rail (also called "hi-rail" and "hirail") is a phrase used in model railroading in North America, mostly in O scale and S scale. The phrase exists due to the observation that traditional Lionel and American Flyer toy train track sits much higher than finescale track. [/SIZE]
  3. JoeGrapes

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    Ah, thanks Renovo. Then since I have Lionel O Gauge track I must be a Hi-Railer,lol How 'bout that.
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Hi-rail usually applied to model railways that are made using Lionel or equivalent equipment. A bit more railroady than toy, but still using the inside rail.
  5. Dave Farquhar

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    Usually when people talk about being hirailers, they're referring to having a layout with realistic scenery and Lionel or American Flyer track. The opposite of my layout, pretty much.