# New Memeber

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Interail, Sep 18, 2005.

1. ### InterailNew Member

Just wanted to say hello. My name is Jorge. I'm 25, from New York City and I work for the NYS&W in New Jersey and model in HO scale. Please feel free to contact me anytime. I do have one question. How many feet is an HO scale mile and how is the conversion done?

Have fun,
Jorge
2. ### RaistlinMember

Hi Jorge,

Welcome to The Gauge. i am new here myself, so I can't offer much in the way of advice or answers, but this is a great site.

Enjoy!
3. ### ConrailMember

Hey Jorge hows it goin? Welcome to The Gauge. This place is great. Lots of gurus here that can tell you just about anything you want to know. It takes a while sometimes but the pros will chime in. I'll be watching this thread myself as I am curious how some of the conversions are done as well. Might want to check around the NMRA website. Lots of good tech info over there. Thats where I'm heading right now to see if I can locate some info on this topic. Let you know if I find anything. :thumb:
4. ### nachomanGuest

1 real foot = 87 ho scale feet. If you want to know how fa something is in HO scale, measure it in feet and multiply by 87. For an HO scale mile, it is 5280 ft/mi / 87HO scale feet/1ft. = 60.7 real ft. I hope I calculated correctly, I'm tired!

kevin
5. ### Joseph HallNew Member

Same formula I used when I realized that I'd have to use my back yard to accurately model The Horseshoe Curve.
I'm new, too, actually returning to the hobby after a 28 year hiatus-a military career-and I'll tell you, I feel like Rip van Winkle.
6. ### jim currieActive Member

a welcome here
7. ### Chessie6459Gauge Oldtimer

Welcome Aboard The-Gauge Jorge.
8. ### cidchaseActive Member

Hi Jorge, and you too, Joseph Hall!!

I tell people it's two miles around my 5x9 and nobody knows the difference
Just don't let 'em think about it!!
9. ### shaygetzActive Member

Uhhhh, Kevin....TRUE HO scale is 1:87.1 As I snobbishly peer over the rims of my turtoise shell glasses with a steel cutting holier then thou gaze. :thumb:

Welcome to The Gauge, Jorge
10. ### N Gauger1:20.3 Train Addict

Welcome aboard both of you! Yes, I've seen most people actualy model the Horseshoe curve 1/2 sized or 1/3 rd sized it's a bit easier
11. ### eightyeightfan1Now I'm AMP'd

Welcome to the Gauge.
I'm like cid..Tell them its ten miles between the two towns that are five feet apart. Then quickly change the subject.
12. ### sumpter250multiscale modelbuilder

Hi Jorge,
Welcome to the guage!
I suppose, being that you are an employee of the NYS&W, that it's the road you're modeling...........or maybe, the NY&A ? I remember steam on the Long Island RR, 50's and early 60's commuter runs from Babylon, into the city and back, on the third rail electrics.
You should be able to find lots of answers here.
Pete
13. ### jaijefNew Member

new guy also

Hello all,
My name is Jai and I am a new member also.
I model the SSW/Cotton Belt w/a time period from the 1950s-present.
I am a freelance modeler I guess--I have a Big Boy and an SD90MAC.
My layout is based on the Great Eastern Trunk design by atlas w/a few modifications.
And some of the model railroaders I know I have too much rolling stock and too many locos, but variety is good.
:thumb:

15. ### shaygetzActive Member

Welcome to The Gauge.

Run the SD90MAC as a "Future World" display in the stean era or run the Big Boy as a restored excursion train now :thumb:
16. ### Doc HollidayMember

Welcome to the Gauge Jorge. If you've got questions, the guys here will have answers. Some of them will even be right.
Doc