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Title: A bit of a quandary
Post by: Garyf on December 29, 2018, 01:21:51 PM
I now have my timber, layout plan, track and some stock ready to go. On my workbench I have a couple of white metal loco kits and wagons in various stages of prep for my chosen prototype. I found some coaches on the 2mm site that I'd like to run, so joined them. I then found a scratch build for a Y14, a particular favourite of mine, so I thought I could build it to n gauge standards, but reading on here implies the 2mm loco wheels will not work on n gauge points due to the thickness differences, can anyone confirm that this is the case and n gauge loco wheels are not available?
So do I go fully 2mm fs or forget the idea of scratch building steam loco chassis and hope my missing locomotives will be produced one day? Is there a database anywhere of commercial loco chassis showing wheelbase and diameter and chassis dimensions (tender drives too) that would help those wanting to fill the gaps left by the manufacturers?

Gary
Title: Re: A bit of a quandary
Post by: Ricardus Harfelde on January 01, 2019, 08:22:09 PM
Hi Gary

I did some playing around with an 0-6-0 chassis I built using 2mm Association wheels on some hand-built track that I had made. I found that provided the wing rail and check rail gaps were around 0.7-0.8mm that the loco would run through albeit with a bit of a bump. Gaps such as these would require a wheel back to back of 7.5-7.7mm for ready to run N Gauge locos and other rolling stock which might be pushing it a bit. I don't think you would be able to run 2mm Association wheels through normal (e.g. Peco 55) N Gauge track or even through kit built Finetrax points (which have gaps of 1.0mm)

As far as I know N Gauge steam loco wheels are not available separately.

Richard
Title: Re: A bit of a quandary
Post by: Garyf on January 01, 2019, 09:09:56 PM
Hi Richard,
Thanks for replying, it's good to hear from someone who has tried to do this. I guess I'll stick with the N gauge and hope I can find a suitable donor chassis some time in the future, I've got plenty to be getting on with.

Gary