Warning

 

Close

Confirm Action

Are you sure you wish to do this?

Confirm Cancel
Member Login

Site Notices
Arrow Left Previous Page
Page / 2
Posted: 12/20/2016 11:26:41 AM EST
I've got a bunch of n gauge cars and a few engines left over from my chidhood. I'm having the urge to build a simple layout for nostalgia sake. A couple of quick questions for the n gauge nerds:

1. I will buy new track - I would like to use track with the molded trackbed, which did not exist when I was screwing around with this stuff. What track do I probably want to use for ease of construction and aesthetics?

2. What's a good hobby shop for pricing/obtaining what I need for the layout?

3. Do my engines need any maintenance if they haven't been run in decades?
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 11:28:43 AM EST
Tag for outcome
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 11:34:43 AM EST
I used to read a neighbor's magazines and a switch yard with turntable always seemed like a cool layout. Kind of like Tetris or a sliding tile game putting different trains together
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 11:35:20 AM EST
The only help I can offer is to prepare for imitation crab comments.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 11:36:34 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/20/2016 11:37:34 AM EST by RandomShooter]
Don't forget the imitation crab meat
ETA Beat by the nose
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 11:38:40 AM EST
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By RandomShooter:
Don't forget the imitation crab meat
ETA Beat by the nose
View Quote


Crap, would not have started the thread if I knew I would be getting crap about imitation crab meat.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 11:40:37 AM EST
We have real deal model railroaders here. Put some pics of what you got. 
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 11:53:40 AM EST
Look for lay-outs on wood doors. nice flat and you can glue foam directly to the surface. Kato brand track is what you're looking for.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 11:55:51 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/20/2016 11:57:22 AM EST by Maximillion1]
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 12:01:51 PM EST
Is N smaller than HO? I used to have an O gauge that ran under the tree. Brother has it now for his kids.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 12:06:06 PM EST
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By TokerM:
Is N smaller than HO? I used to have an O gauge that ran under the tree. Brother has it now for his kids.
View Quote



Smallest to Largest

TT
Z
N
HO
S
O
G
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 12:13:19 PM EST
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By Maximillion1:



Smallest to Largest

TT
Z
N
HO
S
O
G
View Quote


do those letters have a stand size meaning? is there an equivalent like model tank and planes, like 1/32 scale or 1/64 scale.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 12:17:02 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/20/2016 12:24:14 PM EST by mcccop_04]
nscale.net is a great place to see what's new and get ideas. A 36"x80" hollow door can make a great first start. Kato unitrack is bombproof and is highly recommended.

Link Posted: 12/20/2016 12:36:40 PM EST
Originally Posted By BattlePack:
I've got a bunch of n gauge cars and a few engines left over from my chidhood. I'm having the urge to build a simple layout for nostalgia sake. A couple of quick questions for the n gauge nerds:

1. I will buy new track - I would like to use track with the molded trackbed, which did not exist when I was screwing around with this stuff. What track do I probably want to use for ease of construction and aesthetics?

2. What's a good hobby shop for pricing/obtaining what I need for the layout?

3. Do my engines need any maintenance if they haven't been run in decades?
View Quote


Kato Unitrack is perfect for what you want to do.

Probably the best place for equipment is either eBay or Model Train Stuff. Also there is a Nscale yahoo group for selling and trading that often has a lot of good deal. I also have a bit of stuff for sale right now too depending on what you are looking for.

Your older equipment might be equipped with Rapido couplers which won't work with most newer equipment. You should definitely clean your engines at least, but depending on age they might not run nearly as smooth as newer stuff.

Any pics of your stuff?
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 12:41:06 PM EST
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By brahm:


do those letters have a stand size meaning? is there an equivalent like model tank and planes, like 1/32 scale or 1/64 scale.
View Quote View All Quotes
View All Quotes
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By brahm:
Originally Posted By Maximillion1:



Smallest to Largest

TT
Z
N
HO
S
O
G


do those letters have a stand size meaning? is there an equivalent like model tank and planes, like 1/32 scale or 1/64 scale.




https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rail_transport_modelling_scales
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 12:45:43 PM EST
technically it's "n-scale", not n-gauge. if you're gonna be a foamer, be a technical one.

you can buy a ready-to-run layout, for your trains, from ebay or amazon. oil the bearings (lightly) and clean the wheels with some contact cleaner, you should be good to go.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 12:54:11 PM EST
I have a mess of HO but like my N better. It is hard to find up here though. No demand:(
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 12:57:13 PM EST
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By Golden-Arm:
technically it's "n-scale", not n-gauge. if you're gonna be a foamer, be a technical one.

you can buy a ready-to-run layout, for your trains, from ebay or amazon. oil the bearings (lightly) and clean the wheels with some contact cleaner, you should be good to go.
View Quote



If you want to spout technicalities, the track is N gauge, the accessories are N scale.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 1:02:57 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 1:08:07 PM EST
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By TacticalPenguin:
I have a mess of HO but like my N better. It is hard to find up here though. No demand:(
View Quote


I started out HO when I was a kid but moved to N when I got older. Liked being able to fit twice the stuff in the same amount of space.

Link Posted: 12/20/2016 1:13:32 PM EST
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By NIevo:


I started out HO when I was a kid but moved to N when I got older. Liked being able to fit twice the stuff in the same amount of space.
View Quote



My father is a model railroad nut. I have a fleichmann Z set I think I'm going to make a coffee table layout for.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 1:17:42 PM EST
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By Goodn:



My father is a model railroad nut. I have a fleichmann Z set I think I'm going to make a coffee table layout for.
View Quote View All Quotes
View All Quotes
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By Goodn:
Originally Posted By NIevo:


I started out HO when I was a kid but moved to N when I got older. Liked being able to fit twice the stuff in the same amount of space.



My father is a model railroad nut. I have a fleichmann Z set I think I'm going to make a coffee table layout for.


Z is crazy small and expensive!

Link Posted: 12/20/2016 1:21:22 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/20/2016 1:25:12 PM EST by srb1976]
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By Maximillion1:



Smallest to Largest

TT
Z
N
HO
S
O
G
View Quote


You got that wrong. TT is larger than N scale and smaller than HO scale

Z 1/220
N 1/160
TT 1/120
HO 1/87
S 1/64
O 1/48
G 1/22.5
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 1:24:44 PM EST
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By srb1976:


You got that wrong. TT is larger than N scale and smaller than HO scale

Z
N
TT
HO
S
O
G
View Quote

You have it wrong too. :)
T
Z
N
TT
HO
S
O
G

:P
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 1:25:58 PM EST
I have never done any N-scale before. Sometimes I think it would be fun because of the space issue I have but I really like HO and S scale the best because there are a lot of good building materials available and I like to scratch build and do more of a historical setting layout.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 1:26:06 PM EST
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By Goodn:

You have it wrong too. :)
T
Z
N
TT
HO
S
O
G

:P
View Quote


T scale? never heard of it.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 1:28:21 PM EST
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By srb1976:


T scale? never heard of it.
View Quote



Yep. IIRC it is like 1/450 size.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 1:37:44 PM EST
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By Goodn:



Yep. IIRC it is like 1/450 size.
View Quote View All Quotes
View All Quotes
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By Goodn:
Originally Posted By srb1976:


T scale? never heard of it.



Yep. IIRC it is like 1/450 size.



Link Posted: 12/20/2016 1:39:47 PM EST
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By srb1976:


View Quote

There is smaller but iirc not in regular production. :o
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 2:08:34 PM EST
Wish I could help but I'm O Scale here.








Link Posted: 12/20/2016 2:11:50 PM EST
Couple more.




Link Posted: 12/20/2016 2:13:13 PM EST
Goddammit arfcom, I don't have the time or the money for this.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 2:17:10 PM EST
What scale is the Lionel train? O?
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 2:27:56 PM EST
Kato is the best track, but it might not work as well if you are going for a realistic gravel covered look. Its what i run.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 2:32:20 PM EST
Buy Kato Unitrack.

www.katousa.com

Generally MB Klein has the best prices for it online

www.modeltrainstuff.com



Link Posted: 12/20/2016 2:33:10 PM EST
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By shortround:
What scale is the Lionel train? O?
View Quote


O and O-27 tinplate.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 2:38:56 PM EST
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By highrailjon:
Wish I could help but I'm O Scale here.
View Quote



The third pic is awesome!
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 2:46:45 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/20/2016 2:49:23 PM EST by forager]
I had HO, then I inherited my dads n-scale stuff... You can fit a lot of n-scale on 4x8 table.... Damn track switches are expensive though.

ETA: I was going to show this thread to my kid til someone ruin tit.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 2:53:40 PM EST
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By forager:
I had HO, then I inherited my dads n-scale stuff... You can fit a lot of n-scale on 4x8 table.... Damn track switches are expensive though.

ETA: I was going to show this thread to my kid til someone ruin tit.
View Quote



Buahahaha! Not like they will ever see any such evil in their lives. Oh noes! Eeevil boobeez!
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 3:04:07 PM EST
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By forager:
I had HO, then I inherited my dads n-scale stuff... You can fit a lot of n-scale on 4x8 table.... Damn track switches are expensive though.

ETA: I was going to show this thread to my kid til someone ruin tit.
View Quote


Lol......
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 3:13:55 PM EST
I just pulled out my Dad's 1947 Lionel train. He used to set it up around the tree when I was a kid. He had not run it for a few years before his death in 2012.

I just bought an N gauge set up for kicks and for the first time ever, set up my Dad's train for Christmas.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 3:15:41 PM EST
G!! you can see all of the parts without glasses! Also it's great for scaring cats.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 3:16:09 PM EST
Damn...

Like I need to get into this 

Tscale look awesome 
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 3:16:55 PM EST
Thanks for all the replies. I'm going to do a simple layout to get back into it hopefully. No need for me to provide any pics, all I've got is some mismatched rolling stock from the early 80s that is not valuable to the neckbearders here. I do have a nice Arnold #2429 loco though, with some Euro passenger cars, that a buddy brought me back from Germany quite a while age. That is what I want to see run.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 3:21:15 PM EST
N scale was always my favorite as a kid.

Kato track looks great and I would recommend it until you settle on a permanent layout.

After that I would do the Atlas flex track and cut and customize to what you want and do your own roadbed.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 3:25:33 PM EST
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By TacticalPenguin:
I have a mess of HO but like my N better. It is hard to find up here though. No demand:(
View Quote

Bet they have a lot of eh-scale, though, don't they?
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 3:30:54 PM EST
Another vote for Kato track. It's great.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 3:41:05 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/20/2016 3:43:15 PM EST by NIevo]
Some of those older Arnold units can be very good runners, you should be fine if you give it a good cleaning. What do you have for a power pack?

I'll send you a PM. I've got several European rolling stock as well as some misc Unitrack stuff I might part with.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 3:41:47 PM EST
Wow, the Z scale trains are cool little things!
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 3:42:58 PM EST
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By BattlePack:


Crap, would not have started the thread if I knew I would be getting crap about imitation crab meat.
View Quote View All Quotes
View All Quotes
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By BattlePack:
Originally Posted By RandomShooter:
Don't forget the imitation crab meat
ETA Beat by the nose


Crap, would not have started the thread if I knew I would be getting crap about imitation crab meat.




They are just hoping you will Invite them over.



I don't know about n scale, but there will be lots of stuff on eBay
Walthers should have some info on their website - they are a distributor mostly, but they do sell from their website.
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 3:45:31 PM EST
Discussion ForumsJump to Quoted PostQuote History
Originally Posted By highrailjon:
Couple more.
View Quote

That's truly amazing
Arrow Left Previous Page
Page / 2
Top Top