Nn3 track

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Meiriongwril, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. Meiriongwril

    Meiriongwril Member

    Does anyone know of a supplier of Nn3 track other than Aspen Models? Aspen's prices are pretty steep (over $40 for a turnout).
    Microtrains make Nn3 cars, but don't seem to have track listed on their website.
    Aspen's do have dual-gauge track (pretty cool I think:D ) but in terms of single gauge Nn3, is there an alternative?
  2. brakie

    brakie Active Member

  3. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Hm, I had thought that z-scale track (6.5mm?) was generally used for Nn3 but looking
    deeper, it's really Nn42. So is the Aspen Models Z track different from their Nn3 track?
    I see they have Code 55 and Code 40 in both. Every day I find something else I don't
    know!!:D :D :D If I keep on like this I'll wind up Knowin' nuttin'!! :oops:
  4. Meiriongwril

    Meiriongwril Member

    You can of course use Z gauge track - but the ties (sleepers for UK folk) are too close together to be scale. So Nn3 track is the same width as Z, but the ties are spaced further apart to be scale for 1:160
  5. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Of existing narrow gauges, Z track is closest to meter-gauge in N. But North American modellers use it for 3' gauge anyway.
  6. DavidB-AU

    DavidB-AU Member

    Peco makes Nn3 flex. They advertise it as N-6.5.

    Micro Engineering code 55 turnouts can be narrowed relatively easily. The skills required to do this are not much more than you'd need to build track by hand.

    If you intend to make a lot of turnouts it's probably cheaper to take the plunge and build them yourself. A Fast Tracks assembly jig and Micro engineering code 55 rail would pay for itself after about 5 turnouts, or there are downloadable paper templates.

    There rumours that Marklin would be releasing a range of Nn3 (US market) and Nm (European market) models under the Trix brand, with track to match.

  7. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Being out of N scale for awhile now, but aren't the MT narrow gauge cars meant to run on standard N scale track?
  8. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    That's the standard way of describing narrow gauges in Europe and Britain - by track gauge in actual millimeters rather than scale feet or inches.
    MT makes Nn3.
  9. Dominique

    Dominique New Member

    Not sure, as on the opposite average Z track (Micro-Trains track excepted) has a too large tie spacing. So I think Peco or Marklin Z brand may be used as a Nn3 track without any problem.


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