Third Rail

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by jawharp1992, May 8, 2007.

  1. boppa

    boppa Member

    at one stage here in australia(edit aussie to australia) there were interchanges where a train coming in on one gauge was basically jacked up and new bogies put underneath so it could continue on on the different gauge track

  2. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    The Newfoundland railway did the same thing. Standard gauge cars were brought to Port aux Basques, and had their standard-gauge trucks switched out for narrow gauge ones.
  3. jawharp1992

    jawharp1992 Member

    Wow, that's a lot! Um... I think I know what it is now. I think it's a duel gauge, because I measured, and it was 3', then 4' 8". Thanks for all the info! I think on my big layout that I'm going to make (when I finally get my own house, I'm only 15) a section were I can run both narrow and standard gauge. One last thing for now. Is there a manufacturer that makes duel gauge track for HO?
  4. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    Yes, but it's not cheap. Micro Engineering and Shinohara make dual-gauge HO flex track, but it's $8-15 per 3' length. Shinohara has made dual gauge turnouts, but they're rarely available, and $40 each. BK Enterprises makes kits that you need to place on ties, and they are $60 each.

    Your best bet to do dual-gauge affordably is to learn to hand-lay your own track.
  5. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    There is still some dual guage trackage in Mexico. 4' 8 1/2" and 5' braod gauge on the same ties.
  6. nhguy

    nhguy Member

    Yup! 4' not 5' Although there are some broad gauge tracks around the world in places.:oops: :-D
  7. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    In the March/April issue of Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette magazine is an article showing dual gauge tracks on the Denver and Rio Grande Western railroad. (Page 90)
  8. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Where is there 5' gauge in Mexico?
    So did the East Broad Top, and probably many other narrow gauge lines.
  9. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    Mexico Federal Railway/Railroad.
  10. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

  11. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    Excuse me! My mistake! I was thinking of Panama. One of the gauges used there was 5' exactly until 1999.
  12. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    jawharp: I just noticed an ad in the June Railroad Model Craftsman. Precision Scale has a new line of American made track which includes HO-HOn3 dual gauge flex track.

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