Using N gauge track/equipment on HO layout

Discussion in 'Logging, Mining and Industrial Railroads' started by KentBy, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. KentBy

    KentBy GN, NP, SP&S

    I have had these strange thoughts running through my head (I know with the right kinds of drugs this could be stopped). On my HO layout could I use N track for the log carriage in my mill?

    Also could I use more of it in the mines to hull out the ore to be dumped into my HO hoppers. I could do some kit bashing to make the mine ore cars and a small tractor out of maybe a N scale 0-4-0?

    Is this crazy, scale to far off, should I start looking for those drugs?sign1

  2. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    This is HOn30 (or HOn2-1/2 or HOe), a common way of modelling narrow gauge.
  3. wjstix

    wjstix Member

    Ya if you search the net, or pick up "Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette" you'll see a fair amount of HOn30 stuff. Often it's used to represent the 2' gauge lines in Maine, but would have industrial uses too.
  4. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    I recently had the same thought about using Z-scale for mine track on an N-scale layout. (doesn't work - the Z stuff is actually too big)

    You're modeling HO standard gauge I assume, so you would likely want something like two-foot gauge for your mill or mine. N-scale rail comes out a little large for that by scale, being freequently used by HON3 modelers to model three foot gauge.

    Of course, the ultimate test is - does it look OK? If it does, or if it simply "works for you", go for it! :thumb:
  5. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Z track, is commonly used for Nn3. Typically, eighteen inch gauge light rail track
    is used in the mine, so Z would be too big. Nn3, could be used from the mine to the standard gauge interchange/transshipment point.
  6. Packers#1

    Packers#1 Ultimate Packers Fan

    Well, if you want to use an n scale loco, life like sells an 0-6-0 saddle tank loco.

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