View single post by UNCLE BOB
 Posted: Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 04:24 am
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Joined: Tue Mar 16th, 2010
Location: Seneca, South Carolina USA
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When I built RGS no.42 in TTn3.5 (see thread) and started that layout, I suspected a relocation might happen.  I figured any place would have room for that system---NOT!---So at our new residence the home layout would have to be outdoors.  If very small won't work, how about VERY LARGE? What I decided to try is 3 ft narrow gauge on 7 1/2 inch gauge (ride on) track.        Do the math.  The scale works out to be 1 to 4 point 8 (1/4.8) or exactly 10 times O scale (and, of course, ten times the size of On3 and On30, also).  (O-10n3 ???) There is room in the back yard (about 100ft X100ft) for a "small" layout in 1/4.8.  This compares to a 10ft X 10ft room for On3.  Not a huge space but with a VERY tight budget it should be plenty.  "A micro layout in a mega scale".   When 7 1/2 (or 7 1/4) is used as standard gauge, the trains are usually built 1/8th actual size.  But using this track to model 36in narrow gauge, the models, even tiny prototypes, become fairly massive.  Just like On30 on HO track.  A few weeks back I bought a used gasoline powered locomotive (a true gas mechanical)  and started from there.  The unit came with a 1/8 scale box cab body but, of course, my plans were for something NARROW GAUGE.  A bit of measuring confirmed that a conversion to something about like D&RGW's no. 50 would work. I have built a 1/2 plywood mock up to check everything out and see how it looks.  As I wasn't able to make a true model of no. 50, I'm calling my freelanced unit no 51.

Modeling the EXPERIENCE of 2ft narrow gauge by REPLICATING the equipment.
(The greatest bane to creativity is preconception)
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