Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by jimbob005, Feb 24, 2006.

1. ### jimbob005New Member

hi there all could you tell me how wide a car road is on n gauge please thanks james
2. ### siderodMember

Depends on the road....I've found that about 12-feet per lane seems to work, so i've been making my more rural roads about 25 feet wide for a two-lane road. I've got a highway bridge that has 15 feet per lane, making it over 60-feet wide.

AR
3. ### jimbob005New Member

ok it sounds a bit silly but how do you work it out to the scale n gauge
4. ### siderodMember

Okay, so you know the road is, lets say, 15-feet across, right?
So, you take that 15 real feet and multiply it by 12 to get 180 real Inches. Divide those inches by 160 to reduce to N-scale.

The math looks like this:
15*12=180
180/160=1.125
1.125 inches is how wide a 15-foot road is going to be in N-scale...make sense?
AR
5. ### cidchaseActive Member

15 ft. = 180" (that's 15 x 12)
n scale =1:160
so 180" / 160 = 180/160=9/8=1.125 or 1-1/8"

OOPS (like Andrew said)
6. ### cidchaseActive Member

Another option is to buy an n-scale ruler which is already calibrated in scale feet.
Saves having to do the above exercise on every measurement!
7. ### jimbob005New Member

ok thanks for you help i can carry on now for a bit till i have to stop and wait for things to come
8. ### jimbob005New Member

cid where would i get one of them ?? im in the uk

11. ### ezdaysOut AZ way

Just to add my one and a half cents here (I've been told I never had enough sense to make two) but on an N scale layout, if you start making roads as wide as they should be, they're going to look a bit out of proportion. If you look at my "layout party" challenge (click here), I just finished putting in some roads and streets. I made the main road almost 2 1/2" (32') to allow for two-way on-street parking, and actual road would have to be at least 40'. Main St is 2" (about 27") and hope I can park on one side of the street , and the smaller streets are 1 1/2" (20"), no parking allowed. That was just a judment call, but it looked right and didn't take up so much room that I didn't have space for structures.
12. ### MeiriongwrilMember

Measuring in N scale

As Jimbob005 is in the UK, he'll need to bear in mind that N scale is to a slightly different ration than in the US: it's usually worked out as 1:148 rather than 1:160. If you're happy with using mm, then an easy rough equivalence is that 2mm is equivalent to one foot.

Good luck