N Gauge Vs 00 Gauge

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  1. stev

    stev New Member

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    Hi all
    I’m new to model railways, and would like to know the difference between N Gauge and OO Gauge trains; I get this feeling that one is smaller than the other, can anyone help me on this. Many thanks Stev
  2. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

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    Welcome to the gauge! As for your question, N scale is smaller than OO. OO is essentaly the same as HO, but at a slightly different scale, but you can us HO on OO and vice verca.

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  3. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Welcome to The Gauge:wave:

    N scale is 1:160 scale riding on a 9mm track gauge. OO is 4mm to the foot designed to run on HO gauge track which is 5/8" between the rails. HO scale is 3.5mm to the foot, slightly smaller than OO but not too objectionable. Several folks including myself run both together. Years ago when N scale made its debut it was referred to as OOO scale. Hope that helps.
  4. stev

    stev New Member

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    Many thanks for your help
    I'm on the right track now, I will be looking at both Gauges.
  5. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

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    Since you mention OO, I'll assume you're in Britain. British N is 1/148 on 1/160 track. Like OO, the scale and gauge are mismatched. OO is 1/76 on 1/87 track.
  6. rsn48

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    "British N is 1/148 " I never knew that and I've been in N for close to a decade now.
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    And we have a couple of layouts at our train show where they'll tell you, "No, this isn't N, it's 2mm scale." That's what OOO was supposed to be.