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Offline paulprice

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N Gauge TRAMS
« on: February 20, 2017, 11:21:27 am »

I have been thinking, which is a new thing for me.

N gauge Trams, if I was mad enough to contemplate motorising some, what would be the best way of doing this??


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Re: N Gauge TRAMS
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2017, 11:33:26 am »
I suspect there are many methods, a fair number of which will involve a Kato or Tomytec chassis.
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Re: N Gauge TRAMS
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2017, 11:38:51 am »

I have been thinking, which is a new thing for me.

N gauge Trams, if I was mad enough to contemplate motorising some, what would be the best way of doing this??


Hi @paulprice , trams has its own board. A good starting point might be browsing/searching there.

A couple of my current fav threads that have tram content:
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  • Thornton Gate of the Blackpool Tramway
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Re: N Gauge TRAMS
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2017, 06:37:19 am »
The Oxford diecast ones look like you could hack the extant wheelsets and part of the chassis out and fit in a 2 axle chassis, for which there are a number of options. There are several small Japanese chassises that would work, N-Drive productions makes suitable motorized chassises, a Graham farish motorized bogie would probably do in a pinch, and several others I'm sure I'm missing. Any specific project you have in mind?
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Re: N Gauge TRAMS
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2017, 08:34:53 am »
The Oxford diecast ones look like you could hack the extant wheelsets and part of the chassis out and fit in a 2 axle chassis, for which there are a number of options. There are several small Japanese chassises that would work, N-Drive productions makes suitable motorized chassises, a Graham farish motorized bogie would probably do in a pinch, and several others I'm sure I'm missing. Any specific project you have in mind?
Many have tried, and many of them have failed...

The Oxford trams are very narrow between the truck sides, so need some MAJOR surgery or very fine wheels...

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Re: N Gauge TRAMS
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2017, 08:56:21 am »
I think I will have to engage the little grey cells and do some serious thinking.........


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Re: N Gauge TRAMS
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2017, 10:15:10 am »
Probably the biggest problem with the Oxford ones is that they are built to scale, and most of the real trams run on 3ft or 3ft 6in. track gauges, so have much less room between the truck sides! Someone on the Facebook Group was suggesting diecast trams should be built to a non-scale width to accept 9mm wheels more easily. Now a tram on Z track would avoid the problem but might just pose another motorising problem.
« Last Edit: February 25, 2017, 09:21:52 am by woodbury22uk »
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Re: N Gauge TRAMS
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2017, 12:12:56 pm »
I seem to recall that many years ago, someone did a whitemetal double deck tram kit  to fit on something like one of the Lima 4-wheel chassis that was used on their "Plymouth" diesel and V100 models (I said it was a long while ago....).
Presumably that kit has been out of production for some time.

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Re: N Gauge TRAMS
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2017, 01:14:40 pm »
I seem to recall that many years ago, someone did a whitemetal double deck tram kit  to fit on something like one of the Lima 4-wheel chassis that was used on their "Plymouth" diesel and V100 models (I said it was a long while ago....).
Presumably that kit has been out of production for some time.

Was that a BEC TT (3mm) kit. Many years I motorised a Corgi tram using a Tenshodo 4 wheel motor bogie in that large scale.

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Re: N Gauge TRAMS
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2017, 02:10:49 pm »
I may have to scratch build some bodies

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Re: N Gauge TRAMS
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2017, 02:15:02 pm »

Was that a BEC TT (3mm) kit. Many years I motorised a Corgi tram using a Tenshodo 4 wheel motor bogie in that large scale.

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No, definitely N - It may well have been Langley Minature Models, as I seem to recall it being in a clear plastic bag with a pink card insert. Would have been sometime in the late 1970's.

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Re: N Gauge TRAMS
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2017, 02:34:05 pm »

Was that a BEC TT (3mm) kit. Many years I motorised a Corgi tram using a Tenshodo 4 wheel motor bogie in that large scale.

Dodger

No, definitely N - It may well have been Langley Minature Models, as I seem to recall it being in a clear plastic bag with a pink card insert. Would have been sometime in the late 1970's.

Well before my n gauge period.

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Re: N Gauge TRAMS
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2017, 12:30:57 am »
So Oxford Glasgow trams are out of gauge ,as they should be standard gauge, this was to allow rail deliveries to the shipyards via the tram tracks

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Re: N Gauge TRAMS
« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2017, 08:03:08 am »
So Oxford Glasgow trams are out of gauge ,as they should be standard gauge, this was to allow rail deliveries to the shipyards via the tram tracks
They're out of gauge for the majority of the liveries they have appeared in!!

Being heavily based on (if not a direct copy) of the Corgi generic 'Preston Type' which was 16.5mm gauge (00) but near enough 1:64 scale (S-scale), they have approx 8mm gauge wheels, but have carried liveries of systems from 3ft 6in (Birmingham) to 5ft 3in (Dublin)!

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Re: N Gauge TRAMS
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2017, 08:20:10 am »
The old Matchbox Model of Yesteryear London E1 tram, later reissued as a Typhoo Tea model appears to be 8mm gauge as well...!

 

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