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Is HOn30 still HO?

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  • Is HOn30 still HO?

    I am adding a coal mine complex and have HOn30 leading into the mine to facilitate the coal coming out of the mine. My layout is HO and the HOn30 track will be static (...maybe). I bought an HOn30 0-4-0 to pull the mine cars. It came and sure does look small next to a small HO steam switcher.

    Kind of a dumb question; but are these both 1-87 scale?

  • #2
    Yep. Both 1/87. Note the sizes of the doors and windows. No reason to leave the HOn30 static.
    Joe in Portland


    • #3
      Oh yes, the diminutive size of 2 and 2.5 foot gauge locos......


      I have seen several that are smaller than a car.... when I stand beside them, they look almost toy like...

      It's hard to think that they were daily workhorses back when they were in use!

      They look especially small compared with the super big US standard gauge steam from the 30-40's.....
      Michael Graff

      "Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit"

      Swedish custom model builder.


      • #4
        Betcha don't go static with your HOn30.

        Flying is the 2nd greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the first.


        • #5
          I'd have that little guy running!

          Here is a comparison of a regular HO gondola and one of my HOn3 gons. Both are 1:87



          • #6
            Got to love narrow gauge stuff, you should see 18" gauge up against standard gauge. The 18" mine engines are the length of the standard gauge car trucks.


            • #7
              This is a prototype photo from Maine (2 foot gauge narrow gauge) of a narrow gauge loco and a standard gauge loco next to each other, demonstrating the size difference rather well!


              (That photo has been posted somewhere on this forum too but I can't remember what thread)
              Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland but now making a start in On30 in Australia