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N scale USA narrow gauge

Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:56 pm
by Moronguhl
Hi all

I'm currently working on an US N gauge switching layout and whilst trying to think of loads for flat cars I wondered if some narrow gauge equipment could be delivered for a local NG line.

Does anyone know of any N scale (1:160) narrow gauge stock commercially made? I'm struggling to find any modern prototypes (by which I mean 1980s or later) never mind models!

Maybe 3D printing could be my saviour?

Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:35 pm
by fatmac
The only NG in N gauge I know of was using converted Z scale (6.5mm) track & rolling stock. Nothing commercially available as far as I know.

Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:55 pm
by chris stockdale

Narrow gauge in N scale is mostly Nn3. It's well worth Googling as quite a bit will come out of the woodwork, but start here:


Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:05 pm
by Moronguhl
Cheers guys - found mostly expensive motorised locos but also spotted this on Shapeways.

If I can persuade him to shrink it to 1:160 we could have a winner!

Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:43 pm
by rue_d_etropal
shrinking models is not so easy as thickness of material is an issue. might be worth while contacting tebee (Tom Bell) as he has done a lot of 3D models, including Gn15. Nothing as small as N scale, but worth asking.
Z(6.5mm) is not the only gauge suitable for narrow gauge, consider T gauge (3mm gauge) to create something minimum/miniature

Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:50 pm
by Moronguhl
Hi Simon

The shapeways chap (Damin) has offered to shrink it for me so it should be good. It doesn't need to be motorised for my uses so it should only cost around £10-13.


Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:04 am
by dylanpaugh12
On youtube i saw this guy scratch-build his own Nn3 models. If you search Nn3 layout on youtube, it should the the first video. If you etch so brass and cut it out you can make whatever you want. Good luck to another N scale modeler!