O or 027 ?

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  1. Imjustsayin

    Imjustsayin New Member

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    I just picked up a great old Lionel Pennsylvania RR train set at an estate sale. I can't tell if it is O gauge or 027. Can anyone give me a quick way to figure it out? Thanks!
  2. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

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    Lionel O gauge curved tracks make 72 inch diameter circle while O-27 makes a 27 inch diameter circle.
  3. Lionelalltheway

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    I think that o-27 is 27 in. when in a circle and that o is from either 31" diameter circle all the way up to 72". Just in case you don't have any track from the set, sometimes on the bottom of the locomotive or around the motor it will say if it is O or O-27. Just in case you don't know, ol-27 size will run on regular O too.
  4. Imjustsayin

    Imjustsayin New Member

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    :thumb: Thanks for the great, helpful answers . I now know that I have an 027. Ummm 1 more question... does the beacon light on a 394 tower REALLY spin from bulb heat? I mean I get the Theory...but do I have the patience? tyvm
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    I have alot of lionel books and they say that the lionel tower does spin from bulb heat. I don't think it would take too long for it to start spinning maybe 60 sec.
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    There are a number of difference between O and O27 track. O27 is smaller (doesn't help if you only have the one). The ties on O27 are rectangular and folded down on all 4 sides. O ties are open at the end and have a fancy curve on the vertical fin.
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    Imjustsayin New Member

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    Thank you all for the great answers !