N Gauge - US/Can vs UK

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Auberne, Feb 14, 2006.

  1. Auberne

    Auberne New Member


    I am putting together some plans to develop the loft space in my new house. I have always looked upon the CPrail / American Northwest style mountain railroads as being more interesting than my more familiar local railways back home in London.

    Where is a good place to start purchasing some N gauge Can/US engines and wagons. Specifically CPrail.

    Will US/Can work on UK N gauge track ? Is the ratio the same throughout.
  2. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    NA and UK N are the same gauge (9mm). The scale is different. NA N is 1/160; UK N is 1/148. The track gauge is correct for 1/160 and too narrow for 1/148. So yes, the track gauge will match.
  3. brakie

    brakie Active Member

  4. Auberne

    Auberne New Member

    So buying US/Can models to run on track purchased in the UK is OK ? the ratio doesn't mean a lot to me.

    The wheels will fit on the track but the body of the train will be bigger/smaller than UK trains ?

    < NOOB :D
  5. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Auberne, they have done the same thing with N that they did with OO/HO. The British trains are built to a bigger scale but the real trains are smaller so that they don't look too bad togther. However, some of the bigger North American cars may have problems with bridges and tunnels.
    Over here we use the same Peco track that you make over there. The Americans complain it looks to British and the Brits complain it looks too American.
  6. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    What I said was, you'll get the correct scale ratio only if you buy North American models! (Or continental European, but that's not relevant here.)
  7. OwenCPR

    OwenCPR Member

    Re the CP......are you looking at modern CP or past (Steam Vs Diesel / First Generation Diesel vs 2nd and newer?).

    Am biased towards CP living in Calgary and there is lots to model with CP!!!!
  8. webmaster

    webmaster Member

    It's always worth keeping an eye out on eBay. I pick up quite a lot of my rolling stock from there, the other good thing about buying second hand is that sometimes you will come across a model that has already been weathered.
  9. train1

    train1 Member

    Nice to see that you have chosen a good Canadian road to model (although I'm a bit prejudiced towards CN).

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