Is there a gauge that will fit here?

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Is there a gauge that will fit here?

Postby l008com » Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:12 am

There isn't. I ended up googling around for a half hour in the middle of writing this post. It looks like the smallest scale (Z) has a minimum turning diameter of about 12". I have a 4.75 x 58" shelf I was hoping to stick a really small train on. But looks like that's not happening. Oh well. I'll post any way incase theres some special, non standard, even smaller gauge train set out there.

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Re: Is there a gauge that will fit here?

Postby jwhite07 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:07 am

Even in T Gauge (1:450) a 60mm radius loop would have about a diameter of about 5 inches, but that shelf might be a good place for a Z scale switching puzzle layout. No turnaround loop necessary then. If you really want continuous running, you could install a couple of removable or fold-down/swing out "wings" for the extra space needed for a loop. Better yet, build on a separate piece of lumber or plywood that is designed to sit atop the shelf when you want to run trains and can be removed and put away at other times.
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Re: Is there a gauge that will fit here?

Postby scottychaos » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:46 am

I always thought it was amusing that whoever "named" Z-scale were probably thinking: "well, these are clearly the smallest model trains that will ever exist!! so we might as well just go to the end of the alphabet and use letter Z"
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Re: Is there a gauge that will fit here?

Postby JamesRR » Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:04 pm

l008com wrote:There isn't. I ended up googling around for a half hour in the middle of writing this post. It looks like the smallest scale (Z) has a minimum turning diameter of about 12". I have a 4.75 x 58" shelf I was hoping to stick a really small train on. But looks like that's not happening. Oh well. I'll post any way incase theres some special, non standard, even smaller gauge train set out there.

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You could do a straight track and install a reversing unit, sending it back and forth. Even do a switching ladder type thing.
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Re: Is there a gauge that will fit here?

Postby l008com » Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:32 am

jwhite07 wrote:Even in T Gauge (1:450) a 60mm radius loop would have about a diameter of about 5 inches, but that shelf might be a good place for a Z scale switching puzzle layout. No turnaround loop necessary then. If you really want continuous running, you could install a couple of removable or fold-down/swing out "wings" for the extra space needed for a loop. Better yet, build on a separate piece of lumber or plywood that is designed to sit atop the shelf when you want to run trains and can be removed and put away at other times.


I've never even heard of T gauge. Looks very neat. I guess I need to find a bigger shelf somewhere :D
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Re: Is there a gauge that will fit here?

Postby granton junction » Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:58 am

T-scale (do not confuse with TT-scale) comes out of Japan I think. It is miniscule and smaller than Z-scale. A friend of mine once quipped that these very small scales should also come with a microscope! BTW TT refers to 'table top' and is still popular in Eastern Europe.
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Re: Is there a gauge that will fit here?

Postby electricron » Sat May 06, 2017 1:01 am

Bachmann's Auto Reversing set in N scale would be one of the choices you could use on this shelf - if you wanted continuous operations although it wouldn't be going round and round, just back and forth.
Another option is to go with a larger scale and use rolling roads to run a locomotive stationary on the shelf. In this care a huge steam locomotive would be very impressive. While the train may not actually go anywhere, it would like like it was. A moving backdrop behind the train, sort of like on old cartoons, will give the visual impression of going somewhere.
So, even a shelf as you proposed could be used to display an operating train, even with larger scales.
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