Road widths for N scale

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by cpNscale, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. cpNscale

    cpNscale Member

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    Been a longtime since i last posted here, but have been very busy. But lately I have had a chance to get back to the timeless task of scenery.
    Does anyone have a standard for road widths for N scale modeling?
    More pictures will be posted here and on my webpage.
  2. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

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    Uh...

    ..., how wide a road you need? I mean, there is no EXZACT N SCALE ROAD Dimension. Form follows function- basic engineering concept. You make it as wide as you need.

    This is a run on sentence/paragraph-

    I take (2) N scale vehicles, place 'em side by side. Now, follow me here- If it's a road that is a city street, which I happen to model more often than not- I provide parking sometimes. So I place (4) vehicles side by side allowing for just a little manuevering room. That street is (4) vehicles wide plus a little space between. If it's a one way street with alternate side parking- you have to listen to the radio to know when it's in effect. When modeling bridges and tunnels, well you have me there- just make sure your toll booths are wide enough to let your hands pull the cars past the booth and push them into the hole.:D I do it and so should you. Suburban streets are much wider, but not always. Heck- most suburban streets are merely paved over horse trails. You get into the country side where I am and there are stoops that are right up to the roadway- literally- put your foot out and it's gone- onna country road!!! Surrounding that house are acres of open field. If you're modeling corn fields and pastures with dirt roads- follow your nose.

    If you're modeling streets that are outside you door- get a good tape measure. Report your results.

    Otherwise all N Scale streets are 1.947 wide as a standard.

    Here's a recent pic I made-

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    No one told me how wide to make the streets.

    Mark:D
  3. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

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    If you want to go "by the book ", Mr. Marty McGuirk in his very good book " N scale model railroading, Getting started oin the hobby " mentions that the road width is 24 scale foot .
  4. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

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    I would suggest that roads/streets can be measured in the real world and scaled down to N or whatever scale you model. Don't get run over in the process and stay off of the freeway. It all depends on what you are considering a road. Some rural roads are or were less than two lanes wide. Maximum vehicle width is eight and one half feet so that should give you a starting point.
  5. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    I model Scottish minor roads that will take one car or a flock of sheep.
    When I do (sub)urban streets, I make them just enoght for 2 cars -- I think it looks better. Where I live, if there's a parked car ahead, I don't pass it if someone's coming the other way, so maybe not 3 car widths.
  6. Biased turkey

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    I like that one lol
  7. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    That is basicly what I do exept I put 2 or 3 or 4 Trucks next to each other since most of my traffic is big 18 wheelers:thumb: :D