I'm in the midst of adding an N Gauge railroad to my Carnival area of my layout. The idea is to use it as a ride for people in the carnival area. I will add benches to some n gauge flat cars for people to sit on to get around the carnival. Has anyone ever tried something like this?
I have all the equipment to do it, but not the layout. It has been done before and there used to be a thread on this forum about it. It was many years ago, but you might be able to find it on search.
The Bachmann 4-4-0 American Standards are just about perfect for the kind of steam locomotives you see at a lot of parks.
I used a Kato F7 set with a converted flatcar as a park train, similar to what you mentioned, and it was about perfect. The Kato locomotives are pretty rugged and it ran surprisingly well without issue on my O gauge Christmas display. Unfortunately I haven't had the room for it the past couple years.
Way,way back in the day, when I was perhaps sixteen, I had a Rapido "N" gauge set that I did the very same thing with on my "O" gauge layout. It's very doable and fits in nicely as a ride on train.
Yes. Houston Tinplate has an N scale park train on its layout at Memorial City Mall layout.
Try and avoid putting switches on your N-scale park ride. It will make general maintenance a fair amount easier in the long run.
I remember seeing this while watching one of the OGR video tapes many years ago. Haven't watched them in quite some time so can't say which issue it was in.
Here's a cool layout that uses N and Z gauge for miniature amusement train and live steam hobbyists. Top of the page: http://fdelaitre.org/lpf2/Eutr04-SR.htm
Here are a couple of photos of my N gauge ride in its initial stages.
Jim Policastro posted:
Except that my engine is Southern Pacific, mine looks just like this. I cut a Arttista engineer in half, and glued him onto a black square. Although a bit more expensive, I used a Kato engine. You need to clean the tracks (also Kato) now and then because N is more fussy. Mine circles a Mr.Christmas animated circus tent.
Our club - Smokey Mountain Model RRers has one as well like Jim's above in our zoo. Yes, a Santa Fe F3 of course!
If you go to youtub and enter (dicello lines ) you will get a look of what I did with N scale on my layout. Number 5745 and 5763 show the N scale train. Number 5795 shows an overview of the layout. Have fun and good luck.
Finally got it to work. I still need to add scenery. I'm thinking of a pond or swimming pool in the open space. Love my new roller coaster. Mixing different scales seems to work okay.