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Your Layout and Models => On My Workbench => Topic started by: Garyf on December 29, 2018, 01:21:51 PM

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?

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.

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.