Switched Scales, need specs.

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Will_annand, Feb 27, 2004.

  1. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Well, I decided to switch scales before I start my layout.

    I just could not get that much into a 5' x 11.5' space. In N scale I can get much more.

    I am attempting to design a new track plan. What I would like to know now is the specifications for N Scale.

    1. What is the track guage in MM?

    2. How long would a scale mile be?

    3. What about inclines?

    4. What is the spacing between tracks on the straight?

    5. What is the spacing between tracks on a curve?

    6. Anything else I need to know about N vs HO?

    Any help would be appreciated.
  2. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    1: 9mm

    2: 33 feet (10.05831 M)

    3: Inclines would be the same in any scale, h/r X 100 =%of grade, where h = the height, r = the run, or length in which the height was attained.

    4: Ntrak spec is 1-1/2" (38.0997mm)

    5: you can find specs at www.nmra.org/standards

    6:you need to know OptiVisor......... :D :D :D
  3. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

  4. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Things are a little smaller in N, you might need magnification. I've been using an optivisor for about thirtythree years.
  5. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Ahh, now I get it :thumb:

    One of those "hats" with a lighted magnifier on it...
    I see. Well, I am 50, so I think I will put that on my shopping list.

    Thanks Pete
  6. billk

    billk Active Member


    Geez, read the subject of the thread, guys - he already said he needed specs!
  7. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    :D :D :D

    You got me on that one billk. :wave:

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