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As you can see, while the cars are just about the same width, the Lionel/MTH State car is considerably taller than the 1:29 Aristo-Craft car. Note that the floor lines of both cars are pretty well matched.

I can tell you from personal observation that the Aristo-Craft car is a great match for the 1:29 USA Trains J1e Hudson, but it overpowers the 1: 32 MTH J3a.

Cheers,

- Mike








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To illustrate Art's point, here's a pairing of the Aristo-Craft car with a Lionel/MTH Blue Comet coach -

The Blue Comet car sits lower on its trucks than the State car does, so the floor lines here don't match as they did in the earlier picture.  Still, the wheels of both cars on the rails, so this is how they would couple if they could, and in this case the Aristo-Craft car towers over the Lionel/MTH car. I think the relationship is much like that of a contemporary Lionel 18 or 21" O scale passenger car mated with a pre-war American Flyer S Scale/O Gauge car.

Cheers,

- Mike


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Hi Mike,

Thank you very much for the images !

Looks like the COMET Coaches ( with insulated G Gauged Wheels )  would make a good match for the MTH G Gauge 1:32 Scale Hudson given that MTH never made any coaches for their 1:32 Scale Hudson.

It also looks like the AMERICAN FLYER BRASS PIPER would have been better suited to the Track Gauge of 1.75 Inch Gauge 1 or G Gauge !

Norman

Glad to have helped, Norman.

Here's what the standard gauge Commodore Vanderbilt Hudson looks like with the larger State cars. I offer this because the CV Hudson is approximately the same size as the Gauge 1 MTH J3a.

Compare the State cars with the Comet cars on the inner track and you'll get some idea of what your combo might look like.

Cheers,

- Mike

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The so called "Showroom" coaches were basically enlarged versions of the Lionel standard gauge state cars produced by LCT to go behind the "Brute". Interior detailing was the same as the state cars. These cars had nameplates for four US cities that formerly had Lionel showrooms: New York, Connecticut, Chicago and San Francisco. These large cars ran and looked best on 84" diameter curves or larger.

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