im starting a new layoutand i have a ?

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by ozzy, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. ozzy

    ozzy Active Member

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    this time i want it to be more to scale., so i need to know how far apart mainline track should be in scale feet and/or inches?
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  3. ozzy

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    i guess that would help if i knew what it all meant.
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    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

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    I have yet to figure out why the NMRA has to take everything and turn it into a quantum physics worksheet.
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    It really isn't that hard. At he top of the page they define what they mean by Class II, Class I, and Class IA. Then they have a separate chart for each scale. The for various radiuses they show center to center spacing for each class. If you want the safe, easy answer, just use the widest spacing they show. Otherwise, use what fits your situation. What they are trying to show is that larger equipment needs more space on sharper curves. Also, in the M* column, they are trying to say that in a yard, you might need to get your fingers in between cars.

    Jeff
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    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

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    So to be safe, go with 1-13/32" - right?
  7. baldwinjl

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    Yep. You could even go to 1-1/2 to make is easy, if that's what you wanted to do. On the other hand, on a double main line, going down to 1-1/16 might look really good on the straights. You just need to make sure you give yourself some room going in to the curves. Experiment a bit, see what looks good. Then make sure you've got more than the minimum to avoid getting suprised when two trains with long overhang cars meet!

    Jeff
  8. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

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    i dont know if this helps but i run big C&O articulateds down to small geeps and use 1 1/2in for straights and 2in for curves and i have a minimum radii of 22in.hope this helps.if it dont....oh well i tried.--josh

    EDIT:eek:ooops this is N scale not HO.well we all make mistakes :D
  9. Torpedo

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    13' 0" on centerlines for tangent (straight) track was a common prototype standard. That's only 0.975 inches in N scale. :)

    It's awful tight for five fingered switching, though. :eek:
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    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

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    Lets just go 1 inch then. :D
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    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    I was just going to ask...."How big are your fingers?"
    Might want to take that in consideration(NMRA standard does this I think), for re-railing an errant piece of rolling stock.
  12. Torpedo

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    The man said he wanted to be more scale. He didn't say anything about not wanting the difficulties exact scale brings to the tiNy gauge. sign1sign1sign1
  13. ozzy

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    MY trains dont derail!!!!!!!!!! im a better engineer then that.....lmao

    all i wanted to know was for a double mainline. i already know what im spacing the yard at to make it easier..


  14. ozzy

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    i think i will go with 1 1/2" just to be safe.
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    Also, on any curve at all our cars have more overhhang than the real thing, since our curves are so tight (even broad ones). Going less that the NRMA recommendations is asking for trouble, I think. What is prototype varies alot by time and location. Thirteen feet would be the short side. Fifteen feet, or even more, is more likely these days, from what I have read.

    Jeff
  16. Torpedo

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    Which is why I said "was." :D:D:D

    13' was pretty much the norm for the heavy steam, early diesel era. Today, when 13'is specified, it tends to be the absolute minimum allowed.