how many kilometers can an N/Z scale train last for?

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Oracle_9, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. Oracle_9

    Oracle_9 New Member

    Just curious to know how long these small scale trains can travel for before you need replacing worn out parts or motor?
  2. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    when I was a teenager, I intended on pretending I was driving a train from Los Angeles to New York. I figured out how many scale miles it was around the loop of my 4x8, and how many rail miles it was coast-to-coast. I can't remember how many laps I figured it would take around my layout, but the number was HUGE. I think I made it less than 50 scale miles before I got tired of counting!

    In HO scale, old athearn blue boxes can make it a long way with only minimal sevicing. I've heard old steamers with cast frames (Mantua, Varney, Bowser) can make it quite a few miles. I remember a model railroader article where a museum had a civil war train exhibit, and it said the museum had found the Mantua general to be most durable.

    I don't know who makes the most durable locomotives in N-scale.

  3. Oracle_9

    Oracle_9 New Member

    I've thought I should add what I learnt recently.
    Though it is not in kilometers, but in hours. If you run it 4 hours a day, 7 days a week, then you would need servicing in about 2 months. After about 1000 hours, you would need to replace the motor.

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