HOn3/HOn30: Wheelsize vs. Type of Car

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  1. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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    There seems to be a lot of wheelsize choices for narrow gauge. What size is appropriate for what types of rolling stock?

    I guess the smallest I can find for small carts and baby flat cars (20"???), and the next up for typical freight (Box cars, gondo's larger flatties 26"???) , 28" for cabeese? 30" for passenger? I dunno. Presumably smaller than HO.

    Some of hte scratch built stuff on Russ's Cane Link uses N scale wheelsets, which is I guess a 16.5" in HO. BTW: Russ, that one hit the spot, I was hoping to eventuall model some of the sugar cane plantations I visited in the Philippines. Had to dig a whop-whop outa one of those one time. Port side landing gear visibly bent, but functional thereafter :D
  2. Vic

    Vic Active Member

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    Hey Jon, Unless everything has to be exactly to scale the Grandt Line HOn3 wheelsets are about the standard for Colorado narrow gauge, D&RGW,C&S,RGS etc.
  3. kettlestack

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    Jon,
    And the Roundhouse (MDC) HOn3 trucks/wheels are good for passenger stock. (At least on their converted HO Sierra RR shortie passenger cars) .. :)

    The Grant Line trucks are beautiful and very fine if it's absolute scale you want. (Vic has good taste .. :) :) )

    I'm satisfied with "close enough is good enough" :)

    Errol
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    wheel sizes

    Jon: On the NMRA data sheet I quoted before, it shows wheel sizes. They're almost all 26" except a D&RG series from 1871 at 20" and an EBT of 24".
    usual warning: it only covers 12 series of cars on 9 railways.
    My own feeling is that a railway would have standardized on one size so that everything was interchangeable.
  5. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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    Thanks for the input, guys!

    I finally read through enough of the "the box" thread to get the jest of it and I looked at all the pictures. I hope to have an appropriate response by the end of hte day today or tomorrow :D :D :D
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    jon-monon Active Member

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    Thanks for the input, guys!

    I finally read through enough of the "the box" thread to get the jest of it and I looked at all the pictures. I hope to have an appropriate response by the end of hte day today or tomorrow :D :D :D