The Podunk and Urbanopolis in HO/HOn3 & N

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by TrainNut, May 18, 2008.

  1. RonP

    RonP Member of the WMRC

    He is talking about the helix having a an open slot to slide the nut on the threaded rod into. As apposed to inserting the threaded rod through a drilled hole. the later would be very restrictive and the slot would be well very easy to adjust and with what I am thinking to take apart.
  2. seanm

    seanm Member

    Thank you Ron. That is exactly what I was trying to describe.
  3. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    Ahhhh, I can see it now. That does sound much easier. Thanks!
  4. RonP

    RonP Member of the WMRC

    Now to reinforce the slot would suit my needs I don't know if it is nescassary for a permanent helix.
  5. nscaler711

    nscaler711 Member

    ya know its a great idea but if you were crazy and i mean really crzy you could run the HOn3 on the N-scale half, and terrorize the n-scale world

    of course im jus crazy, heck id prolly add Z-scale to the equation lolz
  6. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    Close, but no cigar. HOn3 is 36" between rails and thus a scale 6 inches less than N scales 4'8 1/2". I would have to have HOn30 (30" between rails) to be able to run it on N scale track. When I first bought my narrow guage engine, I had grand dillusions of bringing it home to test run it on my N scale layout... that was a no go. The engine is just wide enough that the flanges don't quite fit in between the N scale rails.
    Clear as mud? Or did I just confuse the issue further?
    Z scale - I've always wanted to try something in Z scale but I think I am already trying to cram too much into this layout. Still, an intriguing idea.
  7. RonP

    RonP Member of the WMRC

    ahh put the z-scale on the dresser in the bedroom.

    That'll make her happy.
  8. nscaler711

    nscaler711 Member

    yea no its crystal clear, i am an N modeler so i would have never have known that so thanks lol
  9. mooreway

    mooreway Member

    Wow Train nut that is quite a layout you are designing. I can't wait to see how it progresses. In your HO level, where there is tunnel track that is viewable, you could build a nice mining scene. I have always thought an underground scene would be fun but havn't had the chance to build one.
  10. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    One observation towards the future of your railroad: kids grow up very quickly. How will that affect their access to those lower level trains, and will those trains below ground still be as useful to the layout in general when they are no longer viewable?
  11. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    Hmmmm, good thoughts. I did not think towards the future... just the here and now. The HOn3 will be for me so that will stay as is. Upon your comment, I was thinking that I would probably reclaim some of the HO real estate and turn it back over to the N scale division. However, I would probably leave it there as well so that on those rare occasions when I do want to run something in HO, I will have that abilitiy. The trackage underneath the layout... a necessary evil to accomplish my immediate goal I guess.

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