Crazy or Fun Idea **N30 on 71/2 gauge??

abrian13 Mar 13, 2011

  1. abrian13

    abrian13 New Member

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    I was thinking (dangerous I know). If a on30 RR is(can be) a 8ft (96in) wide on a 2ft(24in) wide track, couldn't you use a 7 1/2 gauge track to build a 30in wide engine and cars?

    People ride ON 71/2gauge trains, but I bet a bubba could build a NG train to ride IN and have the same proportions as some on30 equipment. Heck, if a flat can carry a couple people, then you could sell this "little" outside RR as something useful couldn't you? What would this be called anyway? Kn30? what letter are we on now?

    I figure I'll start prepping the wife now, even though we won't be stationary for a good 15 to 20 years (thanks USAF), it might take that long to get the right of way negotiations settled!

    I think it would be a blast to build between the garage, workshop, garden, out into the woods, mailbox at the end of the driveway...well maybe!

    Brian
     
  2. TetsuUma

    TetsuUma TrainBoard Member

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    I think what you have in mind is 2/5 scale also known as 2.5" scale where 2.5" is one scale foot. In that scale, 7.5" gauge track works out to roughly 2' so you can simulate Maine 2' gauge or other industrial type operations. Ride in is a little dicey from what I've seen but it can be a working scale. There's a guy in Michigan who uses his 2/5 scale train to move his firewood and pull gravel for ballast from a limestone deposit on his property.

    If you are really interested, I would research 2/5 Scale and also check out the Discover Live Steam Website.

    Andy
    Tetsu Uma
     
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  3. tooter

    tooter TrainBoard Member

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    I'm planning on laying some 7 1/2" gauge track in the yard similar to this...

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    ...and coming up with something human powered to ride around on similar to this...

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    I don't see how a NG ride-in would be any more tippy than a regular ride-on, as long as the seating was limited enough to keep the engineer and passenger low and on the center line.


    Greg :)
     
  4. TetsuUma

    TetsuUma TrainBoard Member

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    That bottom picture does not appear to be 7.5" gauge.

    7.5" gauge scales up to 18.75" in 2.5" scale so you would be dealing with the equivalent of a 1.5' gauge line in 1:1. Here is a video of 2.5" scale in action: 2.5" Scale Live Steam. If you want to scale up even bigger and then try to ride in it, on 7.5" gauge track, be my guest.
     
  5. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Oh, my aching fanny. I can just imagine how sore I'd be, after a day of bumping around on rails. :D But it sure sounds like a lot of fun.... :thumbs_up:

    Boxcab E50
     
  6. tooter

    tooter TrainBoard Member

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    I know... :)
    It's the rail bicycle concept I want to adapt to 7.5" gauge. Here's a recumbent 7.5 inch railbike...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJaMg7RakHY

    It won't be true to any scale... it'll be just for riding fun. ;)

    Greg
     
  7. TetsuUma

    TetsuUma TrainBoard Member

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    Here's a head start for you available on eBay. (click photo for the link)

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