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    Does anyone know what the standard distance from the edge of a station platform to the track in 3 foot narrow gauge?

  • #2
    Isn't it defined in the NMRA specifications? The NMRA gauge is your friend here....
    Michael Graff

    "Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit"

    Swedish custom model builder.

    http://sites.google.com/site/graffairbrushart

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    • #3
      I was hoping there was a standard used in the era instead of NMRA

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      • #4
        This might help .. D&RGW Clearance Diagram -

        http://idrgw.com/MOWBooks/1966Book/i...ge%20290.2.jpg

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        • #5
          Might I suggest that you verify your track clearance with a NMRA gauge. This way, you won't have any surprise clearance issues in the future.

          I do understand your construction and thinking process here, but I have been burned in the past using only prototype distances....
          -- KP --

          Life is to short to build all of the models I want to.

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          • #6
            Yes, I agree. The original clearance is way to narrow for our wider cylindered locomotives.

            That is what I noticed when I built a depot using the original plans with the distance to the track on it....
            Michael Graff

            "Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit"

            Swedish custom model builder.

            http://sites.google.com/site/graffairbrushart

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            • #7
              Like KP and Michael said use your NMRA gauge. With the Locomotives and rolling stock put out today, you have to use the gauge to have all things working. This is one place/time you can't go by vintage prototype measurements. Even in those days they ran into trouble not having standards. I offer you these charts, but using your NMRA gauge is a sure win in model railroading.






              Louis L&R Western Railroad
              Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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              • #8
                Louis, thanks for answering the question. Let me ask you another question. Would be the measurements be the same for

                a passenger platform, or are they different. The height would be the same, but I think the side space would be less then 6'2".

                I always thought and it looked to me, that on prototype platforms, the distance was less the 1 foot???


                Ted

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                • #9
                  quote:


                  Originally posted by quartergauger48


                  Louis, thanks for answering the question. Let me ask you another question. Would be the measurements be the same for

                  a passenger platform, or are they different. The height would be the same, but I think the side space would be less then 6'2".

                  I always thought and it looked to me, that on prototype platforms, the distance was less the 1 foot???


                  Ted those measurements are usually measured from the centerline of the track to platform edge. However, what you are thinking of I'm sure, and what you a used to seeing is modern day trains with an 8" clearance.



                  Louis L&R Western Railroad
                  Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                  • #10
                    Thanks guys. The question was for a diorama but the layout will be following shortly...

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                    • #11
                      quote:


                      Originally posted by resqrk


                      Thanks guys. The question was for a diorama but the layout will be following shortly...


                      Well that makes a big difference Rick, with nothing moving, anything goes.


                      Louis L&R Western Railroad
                      Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                      • #12
                        You know Louis a large amount of work goes into providing correct and informative information on many of these posts by you and other members.

                        I am noticing more often either we are not reading the questions correctly, or providing a higher level of information that necessarily is not required.... :erm:


                        Ted

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                        • #13
                          Totally appreciate the information provided. When the layout progresses I'll use the gauge. I was more or less just going for a "look" in my original question. I think I probably worded the original request poorly

                          Rick

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                          • #14
                            Until maybe 20 years ago, the curb of a low-level standard-gauge passenger platform was supposed to be 5' 4.5" from the track centerline and no more than 4" above the top of the rail (B&M RR Standard Clearance Diagrams in a B&MRRHS reprint). This puts it a few inches outside the line of the side of the car and the steps.

                            To get 'the look' in narrow gauge, measure your passenger cars and set the curb to be just outside the edge of the steps. If you build your platform at rail height, the width of your steam power etc. should not matter. Rail height platforms were common because multi-track stations often had a board surface spanning most or all tracks.
                            James

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