# Question on Scales

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Fasttracken, Feb 26, 2007.

1. ### Mountain ManActive Member

What ever happened to logic?

Imagine how useful it would be to have a logical and rational progression of scales to allow for reasonalbew choices for layouts in existing spaces. Wouldn't it be nice to have the choice of 1:24, 1:36, 1:48, 1:60, 1:72, 1:144 and so forth.

That's what happens when you let toymakers start something.

BTW - what the devil is HOe scale?
2. ### 60103Pooh Bah

HOe is a gauge, not a scale. HO scale modelling of a narraw gauge prototype. I think it's on N gauge track (9mm) so like HOn30. the e is from the French etroit (narrow).
They also have HOm -- HO scale for 1 metre prototype gauge.
3. ### Mountain ManActive Member

Well, good grief. What's next - HOnqn? Maybe HOltb? Or just plain old HOmol?

HOnqn = HO not quite narrow gauge

HOltb = HO less than broad gauge

HOmol = HO more or less

It's completely out of control. balloon6
4. ### Jim KrauseActive Member

Fasttracken: Go for it. Planning, planning, planning are the three key words. I know that a lot of people want to go out and buy locomotives and cars and plan around what they buy, but its better to sit down and figure out what your space limitations are and consequently what scale/gauge equipment you can fit into that space. What will your budget stand? What are your desires for operational capabilities. There will always be time to buy the motive power. Most of all, make it a fun project.
5. ### TriplexActive Member

That's HO on TT track, which happens to scale pretty well for metre gauge.
Is 1/60 a standard modelling scale? I thought 1/64 was, making S a logical scale.
6. ### Jim KrauseActive Member

I don't remember.but has anyone mentioned TT gauge yet? It started to get quite popular in the 1950's. I think there are still a few folks around who work in TT gauge. Now that I think of it, isn't TT equal to 1:100?????
7. ### MadHatterCharging at full tilt.

U also get TT guage
8. ### FasttrackenNew Member

I am going with a 3X6 layout N scale 1970s era Coal mining town with 1 moutain and river and a water fall

only want 1 train operation but I want it to look like I have many ttrains waiting around or being fixed on

I even was thinking about a de railed train

since I am going with a 1 train operation I thought it should not be a problem to make it all fit

scott
9. ### Mountain ManActive Member

I produced a logical scale progression; each scale increases by 12, making the one after1:48 1:60 instead iof 1:64, and the next one 1:72 instead of 1:76. The next one would be close, however; 1:84 vs 1:87.

It's all academic, anyway. One could just as easily take proto scale - 1:1 and simply divide each subsequent scale in half - 1:2, 1:4, 1:8, 1:16, 1:32, 1:64, etc. It would make as much or more sense as the current system and be a lot easier to figure out.
10. ### Alan BickleyMember

Hmmm, well I had thought about doing a HO scale layout with a miniature railway that uses Z scale track. A model of a model, no less!
11. ### TriplexActive Member

US TT is 1/120. UK TT is 1/101.6 (3mm/foot).
12. ### Jim KrauseActive Member

I stand corrected. Haven't heard much of TT gauge since my highschool friend and I used to argue the merits of TT and HO, back in the 1950's.