## how many model train locomotives i could fit on a 50×100 inch board? i am an h.o. scale modeler.?

Question by Geno S: how many model train locomotives i could fit on a 50×100 inch board? i am an h.o. scale modeler.?
i am planning to model after the burlington northern santa fe railroad and i am asking this question for some help. i am also planning to have around 24 to 26 freight cars on the layout or should i go for n scale model trains instead. please tell me and my name is eugene.

A 4′ x 8′ sheet of plywood is always a good START, but for HO scale you can do little more than a basic oval with a siding or two (STILL FUN).

Todays standard gondola car is 40 feet long, the box car is 50 feet long, and most passenger / container / auto carrier cars are roughly 80 feet long. So in HO scale (1:87), those would equal:

40 feet = 5.52 inches
50 feet = 6.89 inches
80 feet = 11.03 inches

So 10 coal-cars (gondolas) will be over 4 1/2 feet !! N-scale is 1:160 (or roughly half the size of HO scale… so you get almost TWICE as much railroad for the space !!

Now what to PICK (scale) depends partly on what you wish to model !! You COULD do HO scale on a 4’x8′ sheet of plywood if you are ONLY doing a small yard with no run-trough trains (20 gondola cars would go from end to end of your “layout”.

I spent the last decade working on an N-scale “Shelf” layout (runs around the walls of a room) modelling the Union Pacific Stockton Yard. I went with N-scale after doing some sketching and realizing HOW little room a 10 x 12 foot room would allow.

Just think that a STANDARD coal unit train today is 50-60 cars long… that’s 23 FEET in HO or 12.5 feet in N scale.

GOOD LUCK and feel free to ask anything else that strikes your mind Eugene.

## Z Gauge tiny train. Track width 1/4 inch. Miniature Electric Train Exhibits at the Nixon Presidential Library

Z Gauge tiny train. Track width 1/4 inch. Miniature Electric Train Exhibits at the Nixon Presidential Library

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Z Gauge tiny train. Track width 1/4 inch. The Richard Nixon Presidential Library yearly Christmas season miniature electric train exhibit of Antique and LEGO miniature trains, villages. Displays include videos, memorabilia – Two rooms of running trains in villages, mountains and cities. 1) The Atrium Southern California LEGO Train Club exhibit. 2) The special exhibit room of Lionel and other collector electric trains, in action and on display. Some Wind-up Robots and toys are also included.

## Train Engines. O Gauge track width 1-1/4 inch, G Gauge track width 1-3/4 inch. Miniature Electric Train Exhibits at the Nixon Presidential Library

Train Engines. O Gauge track width 1-1/4 inch, G Gauge track width 1-3/4 inch. Miniature Electric Train Exhibits at the Nixon Presidential Library

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Train Engines. O Gauge track width 1-1/4 inch, G Gauge track width 1-3/4 inch. The Richard Nixon Presidential Library yearly Christmas season miniature electric train exhibit of Antique and LEGO miniature trains, villages. Displays include videos, memorabilia – Two rooms of running trains in villages, mountains and cities. 1) The Atrium Southern California LEGO Train Club (SCLTC) exhibit. 2) The special exhibit room of Lionel and other collector electric trains, in action and on display. Some Wind-up Robots and toys are also included.

## will a 2-8-2 ho scale model train steam locomotive work on a 18 inch curve radius?

Question by Silentman: will a 2-8-2 ho scale model train steam locomotive work on a 18 inch curve radius?
I have a ho scale model train layout with an 18 inch curve radius that I just finished building and I would like to know if a 2-8-2 ho scale steam locomotive will work on my layout