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    I had an N scale train set give to me last night. I had lot of track with it and looked to still be in pretty good condition. I have about 4 loco's and 8 cars with it. I thought about changing scales last night to N. But wanted to find out a little bit more about the scale before I start investing in this scale. I recently had been collecting HO rolling stock and locomotives until I could get to a HO layout.

    So I have few questions.

    What gauge track in N is equalled to our Code 83 in HO?

    Whatat is the general consensus as far Curved radius and turnouts Such as HO it is #6 turnouts and 18 radius curves? But I plan on running a lot of long equipment such as autoracks and 89' Boxcars and also lots of stack trains.

    Also in N scale is all the cars use truck mounted couplers. I know in HO it is no no to use. Or do they use the Body mounted.

    What manufacters are suggested for better quality and good running cars and locos in this scale?


    Thanks for any info you can give me on this. As feel as am learning all over again with this Scale. I know a lot about HO but nothing on N scale

  • #2
    Jack,

    I am running a couple of days behind!!!! I just answered yo over at the Railroad Forum and I don't want to type it all again!!!!

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    • #3
      8D Thanks

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      • #4
        Cou;d you tell me where I would find "the Railroad Forum" you referred to?

        Thanks,

        Matt

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        • #5
          www.railroadforums.com

          Click on the link and it should take you to it

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          • #6
            Jack I've been working in N-Scale for a few years now and the following are my findings (I stress these are only my findings and others may have equally valid likes and dislikes).

            1-Locos/Desiel road switchers and pass. Atlas, Kato and the newer Life-Like. For yard switchers the Life-Like SW9/1200. Steam/ Bachmann's Spectrum 2-8-0

            2-Track/ Peco code 55 and Peco #6 and #8 turnouts (looks great and performs great IMHO)

            3-Radius/ A lot of stuff will run on radius as tight as 7" would strongly recommend 11" minimum, with auto racks/89' box and pass. 14"

            4-Cars/ Atlas/Kato/Micro-Trains/Intermountain.Red Caboose/Allen Curtis (really nice modern stuff)

            5-Couplers/KD (Micro-Trains) and others make body mounts as well as truck mounts

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            • #7
              quote:


              Originally posted by Tyson Rayles


              www.railroadforums.com

              Click on the link and it should take you to it


              Actually, that's not the forum Jack and Dave were talking about. It's a different one with a very similar name (just one less letter in the name). They were referring to

              www.railroadforum.com

              There are quite a few folks who are active on both this forum and RRF.

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              • #8
                Hi Jack!

                I think N scale is a great route to take for anyone interestred in running long trains, passenger, &/or other long equipment...

                If you have the room for an HO layout with 18" min. curves, in that same space, you could build an N scale layout of much larger scope, with very broad curves, & much higher scenery-to-track ratio.
                -Drew-



                "Life is all the stuff that happened while you were making other plans."

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                • #9
                  Sorry Mike, I wasn't aware of the other one. I'll have to check it out myself.

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                  • #10
                    quote:


                    Originally posted by Tyson Rayles


                    Sorry Mike, I wasn't aware of the other one. I'll have to check it out myself.


                    It's a little confusing, Tyson, because the two forums are virtually identical in name. But they're quite a bit different in focus and content. The membership for the one I listed above is mainly the folks who were active on this forum before the "big war" last October. By the time RR-L came back online, a lot of the members had moved on to the new forum. Some of them still participate here, but most don't.

                    Probably the biggest difference between the two RRF's is in the area of photography. As we both know, the forum you listed is heavily into prototype and model photography posts. The forum I listed offers far less photographically. (RR-L is somewhere in between the two.)

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                    • #11
                      quote:


                      ....the forum you listed is heavily into prototype and model photography....


                      At the risk of really getting this thread off its original track, (sorry Jack) I would go further to add that the forum Tyson mentioned is almost exclusively a prototype railfan forum...the modeling sections of the forum sometimes remain completely inactive for days & weeks at a time.[:-cry]
                      -Drew-



                      "Life is all the stuff that happened while you were making other plans."

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                      • #12
                        Thanks Tyson. I thought I would ask the fellow nscalers since you have already been through the stuff I getting ready to go through. I am really strongly considering the switch. Now if I could get athearn to make the auto max in N scale

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                        • #13
                          Hi Jack!

                          Here's an online site selling N scale stuff...there might be something on here that interests you...

                          http://www.4nscale.com/

                          I'm not into the modern stuff too much, but I know that Atlas makes some nice looking N scale auto carriers.
                          -Drew-



                          "Life is all the stuff that happened while you were making other plans."

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                          • #14
                            Thanks Drew for pointing that out those are the earlier predessors to the Auto Max but are still worth taking a look at. maybe if we can get them to go a little further and produce the auto max now.

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