Question by robert c: ho model train sidewalk in inches?
also the size of the street
Answer by Tom S
The actual size of a curb will vary depending on the type of street but would be about 6 – 8 inches. A street width will vary greatly depending whether it is a city street, neighborhood street, country road, street with parking, multilane street, etc. Once you decide what type of street you use 12 feet for the width of a lane. A two lane street with parking on both sides would be about 48 feet.
48 feet street / 87 = .55 inches on your model
HO uses a scale of 1 to 87. In other words, whatever you are modeling will be 1/87 of the actual size. If the curb you are modeling is 6 inches tall then on your model it would be:
6 inches / 87 = .07 inches.
The easiest way measure this is to get a ruler from a hobby store which has HO scale measurements. You will then just read 6 inches on your HO scale ruler and won’t have to make and conversions. If you street is 48 feet in the real world just read 48 feet on your ruler.
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