Nn3 Micro-Trains Rolling Stock

tracktoo Mar 21, 2017 at 4:14 AM

  1. tracktoo

    tracktoo TrainBoard Supporter

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    I have finally acquired a few pieces of Nn3 and Z rolling stock especially for testing and demonstrating various small power trucks I have been developing. What first appears is a great similarity in size and I'm aware that some of the trucks are the same as well as couplings and coupling height standards. This has led to the question, are some of the Z pieces the same as the Nn3 pieces? Or are some of the Z pieces usable as cores that with minor tweeks can be converted to Nn3? One in particular would be tank cars. Also, the physical size, at least, of box cars. The reason I ask is I don't have examples of each to compare. I acquired several Z tank cars but none in Nn3 to compare. And I have several Nn3 box cars but none in Z. They sure look to be very similar in scale size. Anyone with experience that could shed some light on this for my own general knowledge going forward?
     
  2. bremner

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    The answer is yes. The tanks, reefers and stock cars are Z, the flats, boxcars, gondolas and caboose are N Scale.
     
  3. tracktoo

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    Thanks for the response. When you say above that the flats, boxcars, gondolas, and caboose are N scale do you possibly mean Nn3 or actual regauged N. It seems that they might be particular to Nn3. Maybe not by overall general dimensions but certainly by vintage and style.
     
  4. bremner

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    They are true Nn3 cars
     
  5. tracktoo

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    I was seeing that and frankly, was surprised. It seemed, without giving it much thought, that regauging wheels would be a large part of Nn3. But further scrutiny left me with what should have been obvious from the start, that the whole thing was just smaller. And the ratio falls about right for the difference between Nn3 and Z. I thank you for your reply helping to clarify this.

    I would welcome any additional thoughts or specific info that anybody thinks might be useful to someone coming from my displayed naive, but rapidly learning, position.:cool:
     

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