Posts Tagged ‘Inch’

Tour of 5 inch Gauge Ride On Garden Railway

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Video of our ride on garden railway, a 5 inch gauge railway with coaches being pulled by our electric train. See more pictures and information at our website www.oaktreerailway.co.uk!
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how many model train locomotives i could fit on a 50×100 inch board? i am an h.o. scale modeler.?

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

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.

Best answer:

Answer by mariner31
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.

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

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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

Friday, December 30th, 2011

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
electric trains
Image by DominusVobiscum
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?

Friday, August 26th, 2011

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

Best answer:

Answer by david c
Most of these locomotives are designed to run on 22′ plus curves and it is recommended that they are oprerated on such curves. All that said, however, they do run on 18′ curves. The manufacturer does not recommend it, but they can. Slightly bigger chance of derailing though, but with properly aligned tracks and joints properly smoothed out, you should be OK. You might want to consider slowing them down in curves if you have issues with derailment.

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18 Inch Model Train Display Case with Wood Base

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

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