Need help for very small n scale layout

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by ho_scale_rail, Dec 20, 2005.

  1. skipgear

    skipgear Member

    Most everything except the largest engines and long cars can run on 9 3/4. Long cars will have objectionable overhang which can interfere with scenery and tunnel portals. Even the latest articulated steam are supposed to run on 9 3/4 radius, although they don't really look that good doing it. Most diesels will be fine with 9 3/4. Long wheelbase steam and long wheelbase diesels you will want to stay away from but if you are doing something small, a little road switcher is really all you need to run anyhow. It's not like you will be pulling 25 car trains.

    Just figure on a small layout, no long passenger, auto racks, or intermodal flats etc. and you will be OK.
  2. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Actually Ed, right now 11" is the standard for N Scale sectional track.
    9.75" is the tight radius and 19" is the large radius.
  3. ho_scale_rail

    ho_scale_rail Member

    where can i buy the track from? I dont think my lhs has 9-3/4" radius track.
  4. johnny b

    johnny b Member

    9 3/4" is still a pretty standard track radius. I know its readily available in atlas in just about any hoobie store. What brand of track are you using. If it comes down to it you should be able to order it on line or I'm sure even one of us could help out and pic it up and ship it to you if you can't find it locally .
  5. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Since when? I thought 9.75" was still "standard". Well, unless you're talking about Atlas Code 55... Anyway, radii other than those three are now available.

    Andrew -
    Z track works out to meter-gauge for N. Since that's a European-prototype gauge, American modellers use Z for Nn3.
  6. ho_scale_rail

    ho_scale_rail Member

  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    If you are limited to a 20" wide board, then yes, this is the radius you need to use in order to make a loop.

  8. ho_scale_rail

    ho_scale_rail Member

    I cant glue or permanently mount anything to the table i am building this on. Its an old toybox that i kept my toys in when i was little but i just have some stuff stored in it now but the layout has to be movable in case i need to get something out of there. What should i use to build the layout on? I had thought about that foam insulation that comes in sheets (not the styrofoam but that stuff thats blue or pink i think). How would that work?
  9. johnny b

    johnny b Member

    You might want to put that on a piece of 1/2" plywood for stability if you should have to move it
  10. ho_scale_rail

    ho_scale_rail Member

    ok i had thought of doing that and that sounds like a good idea. should i mount a piece of that foam on top of the plywood to lay my track and build my scenery on?
  11. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Thanks for the update. Like I said....Been out of it for awhile.
  12. johnny b

    johnny b Member

    Yes , I think that would work well that way. That way you have a good solid base. You could even frame the bottom of the plywood with some 1" x ??? to give you some space underneath for wiring .
  13. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    HO scale rail...

    Take a look in the modular forum for links to info on building modules with 3/4" ply and 2" styrofoam. The link to the Modular forum is in my signature; the first thread contains all sorts of resources.

    Your other alternative is to use "roadbed" track - Kato makes a great Nscale line. With this option, you would not have any scenery, but you could set up, take down, and/or rearrange as you wish.

  14. LR&BRR

    LR&BRR Member

    hmm so far my smallest n scale layout is a circle around a small christmas tree for a desk top it is a 6" radius and runs a 0-4-0 docksider loco with the smallest box car i have.

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