track grades

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by saktron, Aug 12, 2002.

  1. saktron

    saktron New Member

    Hello to everyone on the N scale forum. As you can tell this is my first post. I am working on a N scale layout for the first time and was wondering if track grades N scale are the same as HO scale? (2" per 100") I am in the track planning stage using 3rd PlanIt software. Track planning always seem to be the hardest part for me. I am trying to do a NW logging prototype with steam. I have a room about 9' x 11' to put the layout in. I am trying to workout a U shape layout from the door to door with a starting height of 55". So any info would be great

  2. billk

    billk Active Member

    Welcome to the Gauge, Raymond. In answer to your grade question, the calculation is independent of the scale. A 2" rise over a 100" run is 2%, no matter what the scale. (Of course, in N scale you don't have to rise as much!)
  3. saktron

    saktron New Member

    Thanks Billk that was fast. I didnt even think about how high i really needed the track to rise. I guess I was still thinking in HO. ;)

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