Passenger car floor height

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by Hunkiedoo, Dec 2, 2002.

  1. Hunkiedoo

    Hunkiedoo Member

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    Does anyone know the height of a prototype passenger car floor above top of rail?:confused:
    I'm sprucing up some Rivarossi heavyweight passenger cars (new trucks, new couplers., etc.) But now I don't know if I need to shim the trucks, what height to put the coupler, etc. Seems it all depends what height the floor is & I fugured it should be as near to prototypical as possible. Any suggestions?
  2. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

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    Hi Hunkiedoo,
    welcome aboard on 'The Gauge' - now I'm no longer the newest newbie :D :D :D
    In the book 'Passenger Car Plans' the floor height of heavyweight passenger cars is given as 3' - 7 1/2" (metric: 1105 mm).
    Since you say Rivarossi heavyweights, I guess you are in H0. This would be 12.7 mm or almost exactly 1/2".
    In N scale this translates to 6.9 mm (0.27")
    Happy sprucing up!

    Ron

    BTW: The mentioned book was edited by Walthers, and I own the second edition of 1973. I think it is sold out, but perhaps there are newer editions around. It shows all the floor plans (and possible modifications to create cars of other RR lines) of the - unfortunately long gone :( - Walthers Craft Train Kits. But it still could be useful for a passenger car fan.
  3. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

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    Hi Hunkiedoo & Ron, welcome both of you to the gauge.

    Hunkiedoo
    What you really could do with is the Kadee height gauge, this sits on the rails will give you the right height.

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