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And I know nothing about how long Madison cars are.  All I can tell you is that Lionel called the early Bakelite cars "Madison" and the name became generic for "heavyweight" style cars.  If you are not doing 0-27, best to skip the "Madison" label and use the names given to the prototype - e.g., Pullman, Harriman, etc.

18" cars are 72 scale feet long - plenty long enough for commuter lines.  20" is about as long as you want to go for heavyweights.  SP Daylight "lightweight" cars started at 77', which is 19 1/4" in O scale.  Does any of that help?

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