Train lengths...

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Train lengths...

Postby thesludge » Fri Nov 26, 2010 2:56 pm

as i have no rolling stock or locos yet, i wanted to ask a question.

For authenticity and replication of say 6/7 coach trains, what is the approx length this would work out to on a layout?- Only so i can size up the length of my platforms etc...

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Re: Train lengths...

Postby hiffano » Fri Nov 26, 2010 2:59 pm

what "trains" will you be running, 6 mk 1's behind a castle will be different to 6 mark IV's with a class 91?
Although if you plan for the biggies, ie Mk IV's, everything else will fit :-)
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Re: Train lengths...

Postby thesludge » Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:11 pm

modern era 86/87/90 etc odd 50 and 37 when they ran to Cwmbran (4 coah lengths)

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Re: Train lengths...

Postby 0121modeller » Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:15 pm

Each N gauge coach is approx 11cm long, so a rake of 7 coaches connected would be almost 80 cm (or 31") , slightly longer if using mk3's as they've longer wheelbases.
On top of this, take into consideration allowing the slope of platform & preferably avoid platforms at curved track & parked trains to preferably not stradle any pointwork.

On my N gauge short-lived project , I decided to have no more than 6 coach rakes, as you have to compromise somewhere even with the extra space N gauge permits in comparison to 00.
Just thank god for the modellers licence we have :D it comes in handy regarding space limitations & compromise :lol:

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Re: Train lengths...

Postby thesludge » Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:20 pm

thanks dave

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Re: Train lengths...

Postby cmeonthemove » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:33 pm

If it helps my Class 37 & 6 mk1 coaches measure in at 98cm.

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Re: Train lengths...

Postby Jack Middleton » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:49 pm

An HST at full length and you're looking at about 5 feet, just under.

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Re: Train lengths...

Postby m8internet » Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:13 pm

Jack Middleton wrote:An HST at full length and you're looking at about 5 feet, just under.

My two 8 car HSTs are 154cm, 5' 1/2"
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Re: Train lengths...

Postby ste234 » Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:16 pm

Jack Middleton wrote:An HST at full length and you're looking at about 5 feet, just under.

Not too sure about that Jack, my 225 rake (class 91, 5 markIV coaches and a DVT takes just under 5ft on my 6ft board :shock:
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Re: Train lengths...

Postby m8internet » Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:44 pm

I have one full length INTERCITY 225
Class 91, nine Mark 4, and Mark 4 DVT
173cm / 5' 8"

However, still not the longest train on my layout!
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Re: Train lengths...

Postby BROADTRAIN1979 » Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:14 pm

On my layout, which is 4ft 10" by 3ft 3" on my stations i can get 4 mk1's comfortably. If on the goods lines 5/6 mk 1's, although my 501s are just over 4" and they are usually 3 coaches. On the odd occasion, like rush hour, they were 6 coach formations but as space is a minimum i will keep them 3 coach. so its still protypical :)
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Re: Train lengths...

Postby Jack Middleton » Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:18 pm

Just to point out I was referring to an HST 125 (2*class 43's and 8*Mk 3's)

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Re: Train lengths...

Postby m8internet » Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:59 am

Jack Middleton wrote:Just to point out I was referring to an HST 125 (2*class 43's and 8*Mk 3's)

Yes, and that is the measurement I have provided, my other two HSTs are different lengths (7 and 9 Mark 3 coaches)
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Re: Train lengths...

Postby Grahame » Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:17 am

0121modeller wrote:Each N gauge coach is approx 11cm long, so a rake of 7 coaches connected would be almost 80 cm (or 31")


Hmm, not so sure about that. A mk1 is nearer 14cm (5.5") over buffers and coupled, so a rake of 7 would be about 1m (39") long. mk2s are a fraction longer and mk3s even longer. A rake of Victorian 4 wheel coaches woudn't take up much room though. :lol:

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Re: Train lengths...

Postby thesludge » Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:03 am

wow- thast certainly longer than i imagined,, but is very very helpful, thanks guys. 8)


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