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Re: Scale speed
« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2015, 09:47:10 PM »
Interesting re:  scale speeds and what I personally think look right, based on he fact we normally can't squeeze in scale track lengths, and the fact I have such a small layout I don't like it when the same train appears every 12 seconds!  I think "scale speed" usually needs knocking back a few 10's of %, but appreciate it's just my take.

I was just fiddling with some quick videos, actually I took this one playing with my new HTC phone (the lighting is terrible): when I play it back on the phone it sounds just like a real diesel and I get the "click clack" over rail joints also -who needs sound chips!  Alas it doesn't seem to sound the same when I watch it on my laptop, but in any case the loco is just crawling along in reality, but when you get down to a "scale viewpoint" looks like it's going much faster and absolutely right in my eyes anyway...

...Terrible wheel wobble on some of the OBA's I just got hold of!

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Re: Scale speed
« Reply #16 on: June 07, 2019, 02:48:48 PM »
I also found this article online (John Chandler on Gaugemaster website) which also has a downloadable EXCEL file showing scale speeds for all model scales:

The easiest way for me to visualise this is "how fast should a loco cover a yard" - and the answer for N is:
  • Real world 15mph -> 21.8 seconds to cover a yard of N gauge model layout
  • Real world 30mph -> 10.9 seconds
  • Real world 60mph -> 5.5 seconds
....and for your crack expresses:
  • Real world 100mph -> 3.3 seconds to cover a yard of your model

Hogwarts to King's Cross - My layout under construction: http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=43358.msg536504#msg536504


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