Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by yellowlynn, Feb 4, 2006.

  1. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member

    I've seen lots of guys getting info on nmra weights for HO cars, but never how much N cars should weight. Any rules of thumb, anybody?

  2. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    NMRA standard is .5 oz plus .15 oz per inch of car.
  3. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member

    Thanks Don. I've got 6-8 coal cars that seemed awfully light. I'll check them out and hopefully they will trail better. I play around with them, but I think I'll stick to HO for serious stuff.

  4. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way


    The last time I put weights in my cars I tried using nail gun nails. They come in strips and I was able to stack them and get a precise weight for each car. I suppose lead would have worked better, but I had the nails, I didn't have enough lead. :D

    That was quite a while ago, now I only have about 200 more cars to go.:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    I'm wondering though, how does everyone else add weights to an unloaded flat car?hamr
  5. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member

    I guess I'll have to get the lead out (pun intended). I've got some small split shot I'll put in the bottom, then foam, and a little coal on top for a load. I just didn't want to get too heavy.

  6. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Don, I was wondering the same thing, how do you weight and empty flat?
    Can you find sheets of material, paint and glue them?

    Lynn, you have to be a serious modeller to work in N Scale.
    I chose N because I could get more action into my small area (11.5'x6.5' alcove).
    Now I find out I have to be better at everything because of the size. :D
  7. dwight77

    dwight77 Member

    Golfers use lead tape to weight the heads of their clubs. A foot of lead tape x 1/4" wide weighs about 1/4 oz. If you need to just add a little weight to get to the right overall weight, this might be worth considering. The tape is sticky on one side so it stays in place.
  8. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    It's easy to hide weights in a loaded flat car, but not in an empty one. Has anyone tried it????
  9. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member

    I haven't seen that lead tape, but if it takes a foot for 1/4 oz., it must be pretty thin. Would it then be possible to carve (scratch) boards on it to simulate wood? Just a thought.

  10. sputnik

    sputnik Member

    For closed cars, I use wheel weights, and there is also sheet lead (about 1/16" thick, which is real easy to cut and shape, fortunately). I've found both a Caboose Hobbies in Denver ( www.caboosehobbies.com ).

    For my empty 2-bay MT hoppers, I cut some sheet lead the shape of the end sections of "floor", painted them the correct color, and simply sat them in there. They blend in very well, and add a good bit of weight.

    For an empty flat, an option would be to file off some of the detail on the bottom of the car, and add sheet lead to the thickness of the sides. If desired, add some details to the bottom of the weight. Just a thought, anyway.

  11. dwight77

    dwight77 Member

    Hi Yellowlynn: Yes the tape is thin and you can draw lines in it. You should be able to get it at a local golf outlet shop - not a pro shop at a golf course necessairly, but a discount outlet shop or maybe even wally world. It is silver/gray in color.

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