Narrow Gauge

Our model railroaders started work on the narrow gauge “high line” section of the layout in the fall of 2010. The track plan is a loop to loop arraignment. One end of the loop includes a planned depot, engine house, freight station, and interchange with the standard gauge main line. The other end loop will be a farming town with a depot, creamery, homes and farm fields.

 

The track is HOn30, which means HO scale 30” narrow gauge which is used to represent 2 foot narrow gauge. 30” HO scale track has the same track spacing as N scale standard gauge track allowing use of N scale locomotive mechanisms in locomotives.  Track is Peco flextrack.

Photos by George Paine

 

Revised 5-2013

Narrow and Standard gage locomotives

HO scale standard gauge locomotive and an HOn30 narrow gauge locomotive

 

Note that these are HO scale models of real locomotives, and the small size of the HOn30 locomotive is prototypically correct.

HO scale Code 83 standard gauge track, Peco HOn30 narrow gauge track and N scale standard gauge track

HO scale standard gage track, HOn30 track and N scale trackNarrow gage equipment in display case

Some of our narrow gauge locomotives and rolling stock in the display case.

The subroadbed, roadbed and track have been installed on this section of the layout. The narrow gauge will be a single track mainline with a reversing loop at each end and a passing siding in the middle. Turnouts at both reversing loops are set up to work automatically.

 

Standard gauge mainline is operational and narrow gauge track is being installed at back of the layout. The depots for standard and narrow gauge, interchange, yard, and servicing for the narrow gauge will be located here.

A narrow gauge mixed train and standard gauge main line train pass by each other near the hillside village

A standard gauge boxcar is unloaded at the freight station while a SR&RL Forney #10 moves a 2 foot gauge boxcar to be loaded.  This area is a work in progress.

SIZE COMPARISONS OF STANDARD AND NARROW GAUGE

LOCOMOTIVES AND TRACK

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