N Scale or HO Scale?

Colonel Jan 27, 2013

  1. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Some good points, what i do enjoy is modifying and custom painting locomotives. I also like the idea off DCC and sound and to retrofit 80+ locomotives in N scale is just not practical. As i am only switching HO should not be much of a space issue. Both scales are great just my modelling requirements now seem more suited to HO
     
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Very true. good point.
     
  3. Doug A.

    Doug A. TrainBoard Supporter

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    Well, I've tried to model n-scale with an "HO state of mind". My n-scale trains are long, but probably not to the extreme that many n-scalers go. I don't have the multi-hundred numbers of locos or the multi-thousand numbers of freight cars like some n-scalers. I think those in HO tend to buy less of everything so the additional cost isn't such a big deal. But I try to buy n-scale just like I was in HO. The superdetailing in N can still be done, and operations are definitely something that can be done on pretty equal footing with HO.

    Onboard sound...well HO wins that one hands down. But my curiousity has been piqued by the personal sound system concept recently thrown around, whereby the iTouch you use for a throttle also has sound/radio piping into your headphones. Everybody hears sound but the room is quiet. If it plays out right, even nearby locos' sound will come and go into your feed. So, still some options for N-scale sound without the less-impressive sound quality coming from on-board N locos. (not to mention SurroundTraxx, another option that exists NOW)

    I would think of it this way, too: If you had NO trains at all right now, which scale would you choose. If you were still buying only those handful of locos in N and a conservative freight car fleet, that could seem equally appealing, no? It could be just the thought of something new, and that's cool too.

    Not trying to talk you out of it, just throwing out considerations. I have thoughts of eventually moving to O but I still want to try to build my "dream layout" in N first. In fact, I have a search setup on eBay for a 2-rail MRL Atlas O SD35 which I plan to be my motive power for a fictitious/protolanced "Rocky Mountain" region shortline serving a small coal mine, a grain elevator or two, and a smallish version of a Coors-like brewery. And a Livingston-esque car/loco rebuilder, too. Very MRL, just not MRL. ;-)
     
  4. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Doug,

    Excellent post and i appreciate your opinion as i have always admired your work. I have pretty much not used my layout for 5 years and need a new challenge. I now would rather 8 to 10 detailed locomotives with active sound, lights etc for switching operations. I will hold onto some of my n scale custom locos and caboose that i have painted over the year but I have just too much to justify so the sale of that should fund my venture into Ho scale.
     
  5. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Just sorted through my roster, this is all that will remain of my N scale roster there rest approx 50 locomotives will be sold

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