# Dual gauge layout? Ho and N?

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by Taka, Jan 6, 2010.

1. ### TakaNew Member

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I was thinking about incorporating both HO and N scale into a layout to create a false sense of distance. A sort of forced perspective, like what Peter Jackson did in his LOTR movies.

Has anyone ever done this? I was even thinking of having a section of the layout where the HO train enters a tunnel and then to have an Identical N scale emerge on the other side giving the view a false sense that the train has traveled a great distance. I believe I have enough space to attempt it at least.
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There's a design in 48 Top Notch Track Plans that's called the N/Z layout. It does what you are talking about using N and Z scales. The author has a very interesting discussion about the distance between tracks of the different scales for things to seem in the correct proportion. I highly recommend the article before going down this path. The author did state that the larger discrepancy between HO and N as compared to other adjacent scales would force a larger distance between the tracks for the proportions to look right.

In my opinion - and it's only my opinion - this is a one trick pony that would get old quickly. View points would have to be controlled lest the illusion be spoiled. Operations would be pretty much limited to display running - if you switched a car in or out of the train, you would no longer match the train in the other scale.

A different possibility is to use the same N track to run HOn30 or N scale trains, depending on your mood and how much you care about scale discrepancies. Most of the time, and when knowledgeable visitors come, you run as a standard and narrow gauge layout using HO and HOn30 rolling stock. Then when you just want to run some N scale equipment, you simply do so on the HOn30 (N) track.

just my thoughts, but your choices
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Thanks for the info, and Im definitely going to read up on it before I commit to a build.
I do think you are correct and the novelty would wear off and it would get cumbersome to keep matching equipement all the time too.

Thanks again!

T.

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up my post count so I can post a pic lol... so
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this is how I will do it.
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