road width?

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by jhoban, Jun 28, 2005.

  1. jhoban

    jhoban Member

    What is a good measurement for the width of a two lane road in N scale? I was gonna find out on my own, but I would rather not stop traffic to take a measurement.
  2. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    I was pondering...

    ...that the other day.

    Here's just the first of a practical search on the Net.

    Emergency Minimums

    Of course it's just a first search result- but interesting.

    Mark :wave:
  3. slurp

    slurp Member

    I'm sure i read somewhere that for the UK on average 29-30mm would be an accurate reflection of a "1up 1down" road. Don't know if this is of any help to you?
  4. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    For most places, standard lanes are about 12' wide. Adding 2'- 4' feet on each side for shoulders give you about 2.25" in N scale if my math is correct.
  5. cpr_paul

    cpr_paul Member

    Really depends on the type of road (highway v. local, urban v. rural). The 12' lane width is a good rule of thumb, though older streets usually have 10' lane widths, and modern highways around 14'.

    I typically "compress" my roads a bit to save space...usually figure on about 1/2 - 3/4" per lane, and pretty narrow shoulders.
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    I also tend to be a bit skimpy with the roads (it persuades people to ride the trains) and make them just a bit wider than enough for 2 cars.

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