Mine track size

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Doc Holliday, Jun 8, 2005.

  1. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    I've ventured over from HO land with a question for those with better eyesight than I have. I originally planned on having a mine with workers pushing small ore cars by hand on my circa 1880 Old West HO layout. Now I'd like to kitbash some type of stream powered unit (not a loco exactly, but smaller and pieced-together looking) and a couple of ore cars to run a continuous circle in and out of the mine. Anybody have any suggestions about sources for the engine and ore cars? Would something in N scale work? Or would Z scale be better? Could someone here let me know how wide standard gauge track is in N and Z scale? I'd be mighty obliged for any help.
  2. shortliner

    shortliner Member

    N is 9 mm, and I THINK Z is 4.5mm
    Shortliner(Jack)away up here in the Highlands
  3. Catt

    Catt Guest

    Doc,if memory serves me right most mine trackage was 18" gauge or maybe even smaller.Since your looking to have a powered loco and ore cars I would suggest you look at Z gauge track .I think Merklin has some small locos you could bash and scratchbuilding the ore cars wouldn't be impossible.
  4. tillsbury

    tillsbury Member

    Z is 6.5mm, but you'll have a whole lot more problem finding things. Why not try narrow gauge HO (HOn30?), where you stick to the HO scale and use N-gauge track? There are a lot of kits and even RTR trains available in that size, particularly relating to mining and logging cars...
  5. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member


    One of the guys in the Muskoka Model RR Club has an HO layout with a small mine done in N Scale. The track is N Scale, with small ore cars, he cut hoppers down, took out the middle section. Basically mounted the front and back on one truck. He has it set up with a (non-working) cable and winch to simulate how it would be hauled.

    In your era, it would have been a couple of mules. :D
  6. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Any idea how I can motorize a mule?
  7. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Small scale cattle prod?
  8. shortliner

    shortliner Member

    Doc - woke up this morning with a thought - on Carls Site http://www.carendt.us/scrapbook/page37/index.html there is a railway built on top of a music box, which is "powered" via a wire that runs in a slot. If you use a small stepper motor, this might work if you used rails made from wire, IE no ties, and had a LPB pushing a mine tipper car - or even two of them 180 degrees apart another possibility is a chain running round two cogs under the track with the tipper connected to it. If you can get rotating wheels you could have a tiny rare-earth magnet in the tipper, and another attached under the track - that way you could use Z track with ties and no visible connection.
    Trying to think "out of the box"
    Shortliner(Jack)away up here in the Highlands
  9. LR&BRR

    LR&BRR Member

  10. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Thanks a whole bunch for the suggestions guys!

    Harry, that's just what I was thinkin' of. :thumb:
  11. Dan Vincent

    Dan Vincent Member


    N-scale track scales out to HOn30. AHM used to make mining stuff in that scale.

    I believe there is still quite a following for HOn30 with cottage-type kits available.

    Do a search on HOn30, you should find something.

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