# N-scale from inches to feet

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by rob164, Feb 25, 2004.

1. ### rob164Member

Im making an N-scale layout. I need to know what the inches in N-scale are to what feet are. Can someone please tell me? Thanks,
rob
2. ### ezdaysOut AZ way

Just convert you full-scale measurement into inches, and divide by 160. Your answer is in real life N scale inches.

For example, a 40 foot boxcar would be 480 inches. Divide that by 160 you get 3 inches.
3. ### rob164Member

O, cool thanks!
4. ### billkActive Member

And one furlong is 49-1/2" in N scale, so if you building a 4 ft X 8 ft layout, it's about 1 X 2 furlongs.
5. ### rob164Member

thanks...im making a mountain in my layout, how high should i make it?
6. ### cidchaseActive Member

Hi rob,
Just don't go much over 180 feet, if you're wanting to stay
true to the prototype.

About 1/4 furlong or so. :thumb:
7. ### rob164Member

Thanks cidchase!
8. ### cidchaseActive Member

I think I feel just like Phil Henry

9. ### rob164Member

what is the inch to foot ratio of N scale?
10. ### Will_annandActive Member

12 inches equals 1 foot, at least it did before we went metric.

160 N Scale Feet = 1 real Foot
13.33 N Scale Feet = 1 real Inch

I am having to learn all this new stuff, as I change from HO planning to N Scale planning for my new layout.

I could not get much in a 5x11.5' alcove in HO.
But can get the entire branch line from Cheltenham to Orangeville in an "M" format layout in N Scale.
11. ### MatthyroWill always be re-membered

Checking with my N scale ruler then 3/4 inch = 10 nscale feet. I use this as I build structures and this tells me if I am close to scale
12. ### rob164Member

thanks! i just made the mountain for my n scale island!
13. ### Guy_narenekNew Member

Unit Conversion's -- I cheat

Axistek has an application for these types of calculations
called the

" Unit Conversion Tool v.1.53 "

sample it, and see if it is useful for you.

cool thanks!