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Author Topic: It's N Gauge, not N scale!  (Read 2109 times)

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It's N Gauge, not N scale!
« on: June 12, 2018, 10:38:58 pm »
Hi,

Does anyone else get annoyed by the use of the term N Scale, rather than N Gauge? A lot of the big players make the mistake, such as Gaugemaster.

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Re: It's N Gauge, not N scale!
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2018, 11:17:46 pm »
It certainly annoys the heck out of me when people refer to N gauge people, buildings etc.
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Re: It's N Gauge, not N scale!
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2018, 11:22:27 pm »
« Last Edit: June 12, 2018, 11:24:51 pm by RailGooner »
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Re: It's N Gauge, not N scale!
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2018, 12:23:59 am »
Gauge can only ever refer to the track. At least Scale gives sort of an idea of what we are talking about ;)

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Re: It's N Gauge, not N scale!
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2018, 07:46:07 am »
Gauge can only ever refer to the track. At least Scale gives sort of an idea of what we are talking about ;)

That statement aligns with the very (I think) good explanation in wikipedia under "N scale"
In my engineering experience, "guage" (in this context) defines a set measurement (e.g. 18 guage sheet steel or wire = 0.04 inch).  Scale is a fixed proportion/ratio of a full size.

But honestly it does not bother me when N scale or gauge is used - I know what the writer means :-)

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Re: It's N Gauge, not N scale!
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2018, 08:08:41 am »
Americans use the term all the time. I don't mind it, as gauge to me has always meant width between the rails.

However, as Railgooner points out, there has already been discussion on this.  :thumbsup:
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Re: It's N Gauge, not N scale!
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2018, 09:36:20 am »
Virtually everything's been discussed before, it would be a dull place if we weren't ever going over old ground!

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Rest of the world: N scale

Certainly doesn't bother me.

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Re: It's N Gauge, not N scale!
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2018, 10:07:03 am »
I learned really quick when doing searches online to do two searches one for scale items and one for gauge items.

This is much the same as when people get annoyed with Railway and Railroad, that has been much discussed on various forums too (Amtrak’s Railroad can run on BNSF Railway tracks gets brought up regularly but that probably for a different post)
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Re: It's N Gauge, not N scale!
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2018, 10:07:52 am »
Frankly my damn, I don't give a dear :no:

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Re: It's N Gauge, not N scale!
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2018, 10:33:23 am »
At least we can all agree that "train station" is just wrong. Although trains stop there, not railways, and you wouldn't say "road station" for a place that buses stop...

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Re: It's N Gauge, not N scale!
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2018, 10:44:07 am »


Right in the same building as the railway station

Apologies. Just got back from Japan.  ;) :beers:

« Last Edit: June 13, 2018, 10:47:25 am by Bealman »
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Re: It's N Gauge, not N scale!
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2018, 11:31:56 am »
At least we can all agree that "train station" is just wrong. Although trains stop there, not railways, and you wouldn't say "road station" for a place that buses stop...

Hi

Basically its the medium of transport that should be used for example airport, spaceport, railway station. Bus station is the odd one out as you can't say road station as is only for one type of vehicle.

I've given up trying to argue with people on this and the younger people all refer to it as "Train Station".

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Re: It's N Gauge, not N scale!
« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2018, 11:46:10 am »
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Thank you!  :thumbsup:
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Re: It's N Gauge, not N scale!
« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2018, 11:50:50 am »
I ask then when the camel train is coming in...

Then I have to explain a train is not an object, it is a line of Items joined together, trains do not run on the rails a railway(railroad) train runs on the rails..
« Last Edit: June 13, 2018, 11:57:55 am by The Q »

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Re: It's N Gauge, not N scale!
« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2018, 11:56:30 am »
Gauge or guage :claphappy: :claphappy:

 

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