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 Posted: Fri Mar 1st, 2013 01:43 am
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I have bought several 7mm scale (British O scale or 1:43 scale) WWI trench railroad locomotive kits. They are for proper 2' gauge in 1:43 scale. That means they are an actual 14mm gauge. Sn3 is 14.3mm gauge. Will my 14mm gauge locos run on Sn3 track or will that extra 0.3mm between the rails be a problem? The reason I ask is that I can get tools for hand laying Sn3 track fairly easily here in the US. If I want to lay 14 mm track I have to order stuff from across the pond. I'd rather stay local, if you know what I mean.

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 Posted: Fri Mar 1st, 2013 02:05 am
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Why not lay a section in 14.3MM and see if all is well. If the treads are wide enough then maybe so but guardrails, frogs, etc. may present problems. Awww, you could make your own 14MM gauges, I mean, if you're gonna handlay the rails anyway then...

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 Posted: Fri Mar 1st, 2013 02:22 am
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Well.... Maybe I could make my own gauges. I'd rather trust something made by someone less of a beginner than myself. Ill do as you say. Ill buy some Sn3 gauges, lay some track and see what happens.



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 Posted: Fri Mar 1st, 2013 02:30 pm
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I'm going to see if I can regauge them to 16.5mm and then just use the track gauges I bought for laying On30 track... Or HO or 1:35n2. Geez... I now have in my possession HO stuff, On30 stuff, 1:35n2 stuff, 7mm scale 16.5 gauge stuff, 7mm 14mm gauge stuff and still a little Fn3 stuff. Never would I have imagined this one year ago. Of course with a little work everything could be track compatible except my Fn3 side dump cars. No way they would make convincing Gn15 models.

Isn't that amazing... All that different scale stuff made to work on HO track.



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There used to be an expression "rubber gauger" that was meant to describe someone who modeled in various gauges.

You Sir, get the award of "Rubber Bodier"

.3mm is twelve thousandth of an inch. Like Woodie wrote, problems--IF you have them-- will occur at guard rails and possibly at the points of switches.

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Herb Kephart wrote: .3mm is twelve thousandth of an inch. Like Woodie wrote, problems--IF you have them-- will occur at guard rails and possibly at the points of switches.

Herb

And that's about the thickness of a piece of copy paper on either side!  HO track has a lot more "slop" than that between wheel gauge and track gauge ... you'll be really close ...



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 Posted: Fri Mar 1st, 2013 07:38 pm
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Take a single mm and basically cut it into 3 even parts. That's about how much it is. That's thicker than most paper I use but it's still relatively small. I think tucked away in some stuff I may have some Sn3 flextrack. Way back when I was first bitten by the narrow gauge bug I thought I'd build a C&S layout in Sn3 with some PBL locomotives. That was before I had kids and the thought spending a grand or two on toy trains didn't seem like such an obstacle. Well, that never materialized. Anyway, we'll see what happens. Could be I regauge the models to 16.5mm. I'm going to take a closer look at that possibility over the weekend... and play with my new "to me" Hotip resistance soldering rig.

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Well, two of them are 14mm gauge and they are pretty well staying that way. I haven't researched it yet but I'm hoping the 50 hp Baldwin gas mechanical can be built in 14 mm guage. That's the next thing to work out. If I can build that at 14 mm gauge then I'm all set. If not, I've got some issues... Some choices... Some equipment that isnt going to fit in.

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Your 50 HP Baldwin is designed to be built in either 14 or 16.5mm gauge--so, no problem.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2013 01:53 pm
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Good. I'm going see if I can get some good Sn3 gauges then. I couldn't come up with the old track... Must have let it go somewhere along the way.

So O-14 it is then.

Thanks, Herb.



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