In Praise of 'N'!

 
  rogerfarnworth Junior Train Controller

This is a bid to claim that the best scale is 2mm and the best gauge is 'N'!! What is not to like in N gauge?

I guess that some may disagree?

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/05/24/n-gauge-railway-modelling

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  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
In My opinion Best model gauge is HO because of its availability and its somewhat compact size. The best brand is Marklin due to its quality and detail, however its very expensive in Australia.

The best real gauge however is 5’3 Irish
BTW Derwent valley railway does exist it’s in Tasmania
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

Best model gauge is HO. The best brand is Marklin

The best real gauge however is 5’3 Irish
BTW Derwent valley railway does exist it’s in Tasmania
Dangersdan707
Marklin trains are over priced toys. 5' 3" is fast becoming a toy for crazy Victorians.
  Hafenbahn Locomotive Fireman

I'm afraid that many will argue that model railways generally are overpriced toys. Wives and girlfriends in particular.

Marklin, ignoring the 3 rail/stud contact heritage make a rugged, well detailed, long lasting product. They do have a large budget and child friendly range but they more that pull their weight in introducing the hobby to new and young recruits. They have been in business for over 150 years and making model trains for over 100 years. They must be doing something right.
  DJPeters Assistant Commissioner

I'm afraid that many will argue that model railways generally are overpriced toys. Wives and girlfriends in particular.

Marklin, ignoring the 3 rail/stud contact heritage make a rugged, well detailed, long lasting product. They do have a large budget and child friendly range but they more that pull their weight in introducing the hobby to new and young recruits. They have been in business for over 150 years and making model trains for over 100 years. They must be doing something right.
Hafenbahn
As has been said here all model trains are really just overpriced toys but some like Marklin make their models to last not 5 minutes before something falls off or breaks, but to last half a century or there abouts. I have several Marklin models, old Marklin though not Chinese made Marklin and they have not been used in years and with a touch of oil to gears and pins they will work as good as the day the were bought when used next, try that with some of the current RTR models you can get.

As for N gauge it has it's place and more is now available for Australian modellers than ever before so the need to buy an overseas model and hack it around is almost gone, but there are still a lot of models in N gauge that could be done though. I favour HO scale, OO scale in my collection but I also have N gauge and O gauge as well.
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Um, 2mm is a measurement, not a scale.
  DJPeters Assistant Commissioner

Um, 2mm is a measurement, not a scale.
Aaron
Quite true Aaron, but try telling all those that model in 2mm, 4mm or 7mm scale that, there are millions of them.
  LaidlayM Chief Commissioner

Location: Research
Which N scale are you so effusive about?

Scale MM to foot Ratio Standard Gauge
1435 4' 8.5"
Prototype 304.68 304.68 Popular True in use correct variation
UK OOO 2.06 2.06 148 147.9029 9 9.702311 0.072386
Japan N 150 150 9 9.566667 0.059233
UK 2mm 2 2.06 152 152.34 9.42 9.419719 0
UK N 2 2.06 152 152.34 9 9.419719 0.044557
US/NEM N 1.90425 2 160 160 9 8.96875 -0.00348
HH (O) 1.75 174 174.1029 9 8.242254 -0.09193
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

I'm afraid that many will argue that model railways generally are overpriced toys. Wives and girlfriends in particular.

Marklin, ignoring the 3 rail/stud contact heritage make a rugged, well detailed, long lasting product. They do have a large budget and child friendly range but they more that pull their weight in introducing the hobby to new and young recruits. They have been in business for over 150 years and making model trains for over 100 years. They must be doing something right.
As has been said here all model trains are really just overpriced toys but some like Marklin make their models to last not 5 minutes before something falls off or breaks, but to last half a century or there abouts. I have several Marklin models, old Marklin though not Chinese made Marklin and they have not been used in years and with a touch of oil to gears and pins they will work as good as the day the were bought when used next, try that with some of the current RTR models you can get.

As for N gauge it has it's place and more is now available for Australian modellers than ever before so the need to buy an overseas model and hack it around is almost gone, but there are still a lot of models in N gauge that could be done though. I favour HO scale, OO scale in my collection but I also have N gauge and O gauge as well.
DJPeters
I have lots of US prototype models both in N scale and HO scale and nothing falls off and breaks with proper handling. Now if you are butter fingered Marklin may be for you. Marklin tried to sell US prototype under their other brand and it was a dismal failure because it was over priced compared to any of the brands selling US prototype and it didn't meet NRMA standards in certain respects.

I have a mate that loves Marklin but I am always having a go at him over the toy like radius and the silly couplers they have. They are a toy.
  lkernan Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Speaking of N, does anyone have any tips on good places on where to get the news on Australian N scale?
I used to keep an eye on the Australian N scale public group on Facebook but they've made that private now.
  DJPeters Assistant Commissioner

Modern stuff made of plastic these days does not have much at all glued on they are a forced fit into holes to add things to models in most cases and these do have a tendency to simply fall of even in just transit of the model. I often buy a RTR modern day model and find in the packaging something which has let go because it simply fell off in the packet. A lot of modellers also find this happening. One just recently I purchased had a loose air tank under the loco it was just a push fit and had come loose in the box, so it is not really butter fingers causing it but suppliers using little or no glue what so ever on models. A spot of glue on each air tank support fixed it in place firmly but there was no signs of any glue on the spigots on the tanks that fitted into the chassis beforehand though.

Half the charm of Marklin is the fact that it looks a bit toy like more so the older models, but recent developments in Marklin are astounding in what they do. You have the same mentality a bit as those that have a gripe with Bachmann, they all seem to think modern Bachmann is the same as those cheap Bachmann models that were made years back, but they to have progressed and now produce some very nice locomotives that run as well as modern Athearns or Atlas etc.

To each their own though on model brands but take the blinkers off more and have a good look at things though, I am one that likes any brand or models no matter were it is from or who made it.

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