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 Posted: Fri Sep 6th, 2019 11:03 pm
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Howdy Andy, welcome to this craazie group!

Wow, Sn42 or Sn3.5, I haven't seen anything here,
but there MUST be some guys out here working in the scale.

I do remember that long ago, TOMALCO imported a brass "D&RGW" C16 in Sn42 which ran on HO gauge track.
I almost bought one then, I think it was $79 for a brass loco but got involved in other stuff.

Then I remember that PFM brought out an Sn3 C16 and I suppose that's what got the scale/gauge going, that and PBL.
There just may be some of the old TOMALCO lokies around.

There were several 42" gauge loggers (Yeon & Pelton, etc.) so there are some cool prototypes to model.
Do you have any equipment so far or is this in the planning stage?
Let us know.


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*** I just searched here for Sn42 and there were some hits...enjoy.

Just hit the search button & there you go. ***

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Well thank you for the information.

Nothing yet, just looking into it.

Looking at 0n30, but everything being O scale eats up a lot of room.


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Have you looked at doing 1:55n3 ?

It's very much a kitbash and scratch build scale,
but it's a similar concept to Sn42, in that it is all HO mechs and track.

In this, smaller than S scale, you can use small equipment and curves.




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Given that you have not begun yet I'll offer a couple thoughts. 

If you are not modeling a specific prototype,
the scale does not necessarily equate to the size area needed to build a layout. 

As an example look at Woodie's 1/35th scale Big Bend Two Foot Gauge. 
The average car length and locomotive is no bigger than a standard gauge HO.
Structures and details are larger but selectively compressing them results in structures similar in size to HO.
 
Similarly, look at my Geneseo Railway. 
Not for everyone I know but, 15-18 inch gauge equipment is smaller than HO in length.
Again the space that structures occupies is no more than most HO due to selective compression. 
I began with a 2x8 switching module which offered a lot of operation. 

Larger scales usually mean less overall structures but greater detail and easier construction. 
If space is the main concern keep an open mind. 
If you have a specific theme or prototype in mind then that may limit you. 
Of course you will need to consider availability of items specific to the scale you are considering.
 
Anything other than N, HO and O will have a lot less to offer and dictate more scratch building. 
For Woodie and I the scratch building and not seeing your models on other layouts is a large part of the draw. 
Also - we both claim to be cheap.




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Welcome. 

I model in Gn15, which is about 1/24 or half inch scale. 

HO track and mechanisms can be used, but a lot of scratch-building, as well.

Check out threads here to learn more about this scale/gauge.

Regards, Dave L.


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As Bob, TGB, and David suggested, think about what you want to do...

There are several scales that can me modeled using HO track gauge. From Sn42 to ???.
I use 16.5MM gauge for my 2' railroad, choosing 1:35 scale (military scale),
since there are many cool details available,
and in that scale, HO track gauge is pretty much "dead on" as 24" gauge.
I could also consider my stuff as 1:32 (3/8") scale and then the gauge would be 20"...
Awww, my old mind is boggled already.

1:55n3, 1:24n15 (Gn15), on and on...it's your choice.
We all love our chosen scales and each has it's special charms.
As for me, I have always enjoyed scratchbuilding,
and even if I chose an "established" scale, I would want to make stuff myself.

As I like to say-"have fun and run a train today!"

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Just realized I posted 1:55 is smaller.

Meant as a narrow gauge model you can go pretty small.

It's definitely bigger than S scale.




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Thanks everyone, you given me a lot to think about.

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As far as NA go's the majority of 42 Inch gauge operated in Canada,
is on Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and a logging operation in British Columbia.

There is a series of books on the Newfoundland Railway published.
Also a few kits for the side dumps used, a few which ended up on the WP&YRly.
The majority of the rolling stock was retrucked standard gauge cars.

The Ross-Saskatoon Lumber Co operated 3 2-truck SHAY's in British Columbia for a time.

There are HO models from Australia built for 42 Inch gauge.




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