# All aboard for model event @ Andover Model Railway Club

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this is hampshire.net

Friday 7th September 2007

" Miles ( ? ) of miniature train tracks appeared at John Hanson School at the weekend as Andover Model Railway Club's put on its annual Modelex show. "

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In message , Dragon Heart writes

Don't forget that a mile in OO (1:76.2) is 23 yards 0 feet 3½ inches and in HO (1:87.1) it is 20 yards 0 feet 7½ inches.

That page is a bit unfortunate, being out of date (the next exhibition is last week) and it looks like a template has been used to design the page, but it has not been cleaned up when it was finished (there is an unused button on the right hand side, and things look even worse when you scroll down to the bottom of the page).

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And I have just worked out that my N gauge comes to 11 yards 1 foot and

4inches for a mile. Are my calculations correct?
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In message , Keith Willcocks writes

What scale is your N gauge?

1:148 11 2 8.11 1:152.4 (2mm = 1ft) 11 1 7.75 1:153.75 11 1 4.10 1:160 11 0 0.00
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It is 9mm track with mainly Graham Farish stock and I have always assumed it to be 2mm. I may of course be wrong - a quite common occurrence.

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"Keith Willcocks" wrote

It's actually 2 1/16mm : 1 ft.

John.

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I was only a little bit wrong then ;o)

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So instead of 11 yds 1 ft 4ins it will be 11yds 2ft 5ins for a mile of N gauge. Now off to rest my head.

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So it's narrow gauge but not as narrow as OO.

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In message , John Turner writes

which is 1:147.7818181818181818182 and 1 mile is 11 yards 2 feet 8¾ inches.

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I bet your calculator's smoking now ;o)

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No, it is normal gauge stock about half the size of OO. I believe OO narrow gauge models run on N gauge track. Or have I misunderstood your comment - I'm good at that ;o)

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Yes, that is a misunderstanding :¬). It was a reference to OO being

4mm/ft scale stock running on 3.5mm/ft scale track. If you calculate how far apart the rails are for an OO model, you find it's a representation of IIRC 4'1.5" gauge or thereabouts, which if built for real would be considered a narrow gauge railway, as it's less than the 4'8.5" 'standard'...

James Moody

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Of course, I am being stupid and should have realised. Something I hadn't thought about though is the question is N gauge stock (at least Farish and Bachman) built to the same scale as OO or HO, i.e. does it truly match the track size? I have some of each make (British stock - Farish and American Santa Fe stock - Bachman) and I could well believe that the Farish was half OO and the Bachman half HO. Anyone know the answer?

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In message , Keith Willcocks writes

I was under the impression that British N is 1:148 whereas Continental and American is 1:160; but I'm an OO person, so I'm probably wrong.

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