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So i guess the black freight cars have Rapido couplings, while my locomotive has knuckle couplers.So im going to try and take one of the freight cars and convert it to knuckle on one end, so i can connect the train.
I just want to illustrate the scale difference between HO and N scales with these below images. Click here to remove banner ads from this forum.This Forum Is Hosted For FREE By ProBoardsGet Your Own Free Forum!
Recently I was sent an email showing an absolutely fantastic N scale layout made by husband and wife team Chris and Andrea Butlin, who live in the small village of Sutton upon Derwent just outside of York, UK. What I love about this layout is the fact that there is so much detail in a relatively small space. I’ve attached some photos of the N gauge layout that we have on a board 80cm x 120cm. My wife Andrea has done all the scenery using her expertise from previously dealing with dolls’ houses. She’s only been dealing with model railways for a couple of years so is very much a novice, but I think quite an accomplished one. Dan Morgan fell in love with model trains at the age of six when he visited an NMRA Convention in Seattle with his father.
Well Chris your wife has a gift of doing what she does to make the layout look lifelike to all who see it close up.
I would love to hear what others think as most the guys here have more time in the hobby then I do and I'm sure some of you have been down this road yourselves. I have a seperate area for modeling and hanging out with the friends so I don't need to take from the layout for that at all. Either way, I think you can work in a satisfying layout with a little research and prior planning. The above is my opinion, from an active and experienced Model Railroader in N scale and HO since 1961. As one who can not think of doing any thing other then N scale I will say that you should stay with the HO if you already have enough to start a layout.
Also I wanted to be able to do a large refinery and intermodel yards so N was perfect for this. BTW a 18" in height difference is great, though it depends on the width of your shelves. Your room is large enough to build a one level HO layout where a small crew can have hours of operating fun. If you were able to get some larger sections on the ends of the horseshoe for turn back curves n scale could be real viable for running trains. This is our clubs n scale layout and I believe the max width is either 40 inches or 48 inches.

Now if you like to build rolling stock that is a bit more in the detailed type than opening a package HO might be the way to go. With the space you have if in N scale you could model an integrated steel mill complex based on the walthers models and have a nice model. You could do similar things in HO but would have to be more selective in what went on the layout as your modeling space with the larger models would be much less. Ultimately the choice is yours to make as you need to choose what aspects of model railroading appeal to you the most. Age has something to do with it too if you are older with your eyes getting worse then HO would be the go. Detailing in N is obviously harder than HO and tends to disappear a bit but there are some beautifully detailed N layouts around.
Operationally I don't see much difference in the runability of the better brands comparing N to HO.
I started out in N many years ago and changed to HO just because of the problems getting the N to run reliably but I think that is really a thing of the past with the superbly engineered models now available in N. My only input was the layout of rails, the electrics, commenting on things and providing encouragement. The people, bicycles, signs, signals, lamps, cars, buses, telephone box, ducks, pigs, cows etc. As a professional painter, Helen has learnt through Dan about Model Trains and they now enjoy working on projects together. Having only started at the beginning of the year I started 2 layouts and thought I would be finished in 6 weeks. 45% less for railroading operations in the given space (arguably the biggest reason for N Scale) -- Go with HO Scale.
N scale allows you to a much more generous use of space, without the need of cramming too much track in a given space.
Continuous running on anything other than a trolley or interurban with those dimensions in HO scale is not a real viable option. As you can see if doing n scale running longer trains than one could in the same space than in HO is a real plus. The two models above and below are just a bit more than shake the box kits but offer lots more detail and a very enjoyable build. The top row consists of the less detailed kits and the bottom row the ones with more detail. You seem to be already committed to a switching layout and have space for a rather nice one in HO as well as N scale.
If you really wanted to switch the industries and sort the cars with the engines and remote couple and uncouple cars I think HO has the edge.

One other thing to consider, are the types of equipment you enjoy the most available in both scales? Your room size is almost the same as mine and it will obviously be a switching layout if you go HO as is mine. Mainline running (ie round and round) would work in N but the HO could not do that and therefore will be a switching layout. No matter which way you go I would recommend a few of the upmarket locos rather than a lot of the cheaper ones. So enjoy the pictures and the email (you can click on the pictures to view the full size image). After achieving a successful career in architecture, Dan’s particular interest is within layouts and buildings.
The only member of the family who isn’t allowed to join in is their over-enthusiastic Labrador called William who has been strictly banned from the workshop!
If you bring up your layout as near to eye level as possible, you will also be able to enjoy the high level of detail N scale offers nowadays.
The layout Byron Henderson presented made it pretty clear; in N-scale you are able to build an empire.
I have be helping a friend with his large N scale layout and its be fun and have decided to start a layout my self. No matter what your scale, you'll try to have the same number of details in the same space. With a wealth of knowledge on the subject, Dan loves nothing more than sharing this with others and is delighted in the forum of members who are brought together over the hobby they have in common.
Know thsi would be a rather small layout, shelf around room on three walls so like a U.
Because this is my first serious scale model railroad, I want to try as many techniques and methods as possible. Now I have bought a NCE power Cab and some Kato N scale track but after reading a few things and seeing what is out there for HO and the Scenery that can be done has me stopped in my tracks ( no pun intended ), I have had a few people say Go HO and detail the hell out of it and one or two Loco's with sound that I would be happier then if I went with N Scale and having some more track and dealing with the much smaller Buildings and Figures.
I also don't intend to set up an HO scale layout but am considering an N scale layout sometime in the future.

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