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Why Are N Scale Trains Better For Me Than Ho Trains?From Hobbies & Crafts Forum:
Why are N scale trains better for me than HO trains? I want to get into model trains and a friend who has N scale trains said they are best. Is he right. I have a small area for a model train layout.
Answer: There is no best scale. It all depends on your personal tastes and how much space you have. If you have a small space (say, less than 10 x 10) and you are more interested in getting as many trains as possible into that space than having highly detailed and very realistic models, then N scale might be right for you. If you are more interested in detail and realism, than HO scale is probably right for you as it is not much more expensive than N scale (200-300 dollars for a high quality Digital Command Control (DCC) equipped diesel locomotive with sound, usually 300-500 for a steam locomotive in the same feature range, with the REALLY high quality brass locomotives sometimes ranging into the low $1,000s. A high quality N scale diesel with CDC will be about 180-250, with steam going up to 400) and is MUCH more detailed. Most locomotives over $180 will have separately applies wire grab irons and over $250 will usually have see through grilles (where applicable). If I were in a perfect world and space and money were not an issue, I would build an O-scale layout. a good O-scale diesel is $400-600 and a good steam locomotive is $500-$2,000 depending on the size, but they are easy to handle and are very highly detailed. Another factor to consider is how you do with manipulating small objects. If your hands are shaky at all, N-scale may not be right for you, due to their small size. HO-scale can have the same problem, but you have to be pretty shaky for it to be a problem in HO. The bottom line is that there is no best scale. Before you jump in, I would recommend going to a few local model railroad clubs in different scales and see what you think of the trains. Since you have already experienced N-scale, you wouldn't need to go to an N-scale club, but try to get to an HO-scale club and an O-scale club. Talk to members of the different clubs and tell them what your budget is and how much space you have. See how you like the different scales. One other thing that might be helpful would be to pick up some model railroad themed magazines. I subscribe to Model Railroader (published by Calabash Publishing Company of Weakish, WI). I would recommend that you pick up a copy of Classic Toy Trains (Kalmbach Publishing Company), Model Railroader (Kalmbach Publishing Company), Garden Railways (Kalmbach Publishing Company), O Scale Trains (http://www.oscalemag.com/), and see what you think of the models shown in each. It will help you a lot to see the
I Have A Bunch Of N Scale Trains And Tracks, Modulators, And A Few Larger Trains How Can I Get The Current Val?From Hobbies & Crafts Forum:
I have a bunch of n scale trains and tracks, modulators, and a few larger trains how can I get the current Val? I have a bunch of n scale trains brand new in boxcars tracks, transformers, surge protectors, interments,etc how do I find out the value is there a website or something besides ebay?
Answer: .com this is a site where you go to buy train layouts but he has a contact place on there. he might even be intrested
I Have A Bunch Of N Scale Trains And Tracks, Modulators, And A Few Larger Trains How Can I Get Thecurrentvalue?From Rail Forum:
I have a bunch of n scale trains and tracks, modulators, and a few larger trains how can I get thecurrentValue? I have hundreds of n scale trains, track, transformers, ornaments, some o scat, etc what is the easiest way to figure out it';s current value? And not EBay it takes too long it there a book I can buy?
Answer: No there is no BOOK. Like I told you in your other question: GET SOME MAGAZINES. You need to take the time to get the information. Asking on line questions will only get you so far. No one will sell this stuff for you, and no one is going to come running to your door to get it. YOU have to get out there with it and let those of us that are interested in this stuff SEE IT. Again: GET SOME MAGAZINES. You will NOT get the kind of results you need from eBay. I can guarantee you that! You will have to be patient, take some time to shop around in Hobby Shops to see what they are charging NOW for some of the things you have. Not craft shops, real TRAIN STORES where model railroading equipment is sold. Then, the NEXT BEST thing for you to do is find out when & where TRAIN SHOWS & EXHIBITS are being held in your region. You may have to travel, but if what you have is valuable, it will be well worth the trip and expense to rent a table or two to show off your goods! You will meet lots of fun and silly people whom enjoy and will be interested in you AND your stuff! Now you say: 'Where can I find out 'where & when?'" Get some Model Railroading magazines. There are shows & exhibits listed in the back of all of them. You will eventually get rid of most of your stuff. Sell them as 'Package Deals' and do not expect to get retail price. You will have to discount to get rid of it. Again, by going to "Train Stores" not craft shops, you will see what the retail is, and then expect to discount it. Some things are considered 'collectibles'. Talk to the Train Shop people, sometimes they might want what you have because they KNOW ITS WORTH MORE. You really have to educate yourself. But most of all: Have fun in the process! And again: GET SOME MAGAZINES.
What Is The Best Brand Of N Scale Trains.?From Hobbies & Crafts Forum:
What is the best brand of n scale trains.? What is the best best brand of n scale trains. Which ones are good and which ones are cheap junk. BACH MANN, MODEL POWER, LIFE LIKE,
Answer: the best brands of N-scale are Athene, Kati, and Atlas, and maybe after them three Walt hers Pro to and the worst is Model power and non-spectrum Bushman, I've heard that the newer bushman spectrum steamers have been retooled and are great locomotives but from my experience the spectrum diesels are junk.
When Did Police In The South Switch From Red To Blue Emergency Lighting On Vehicles?From Law Enforcement & Police Forum:
When did police in the South switch from red to blue emergency lighting on vehicles? I'm building an N scale train layout set in the early 1950's. I wanted to have a few police cars and wanted to have the lighting correct. When did the South Carolina Highway Patrol switch from red to blue lights? I seem to remember that blue lights became the standard in the mid 60's but that may not be correct. When did the North Carolina State Highway Patrol switch to blue? Most of the pictures that I've found are black and white and it's not clear what the color is. I'm thinking red is probably OK for the early fifties possibly into the early 60's but was wondering if anyone knew. Links to photo evidence would be appreciated. Thanks.
Answer: Red is OK at least through mid-1960s. I grew up in Florida, and I know my city switched to blue before HP. I believe it was 1968 or 1969.
What Do I Need To Start An Atlas N Scale Train Set?From Hobbies & Crafts Forum:
What do I need to start an Atlas n scale train set? I really want to start a train collection. I have decided to go with the Atlas N scale model. Do I need to put cork down under the track? Is there any other important things I should know? Thanks!
Answer: Visit your local hobby shop. There is a wide selection of books on planning your railroad to suit your wishes and interests. What is the space you have available? Determine how large your layout can be. What do you want to represent on your layout. - long haul trains - short haul trains - major rail names (Conrail, Santa Fe, CPR, CR ?) - time frame? Steam?Up to 1960) Diesel?(after 1940) both? (1940- 1960) - what is your emphasis? operating to a schedule ? The more you can answer, the less you will buy that you will have to replace after you make these decisions. Are you going to purchase stuff ready-made or are you going to build kits, or scratch build your equipment, structure and scenery. Visit a model rail club if you have the chance, or let the local hobby shop know you are interested in discussing your plans with someone knowledgeable about the hobby. attend a show or two as the opportunity presents itself to get ideas. Often clubs attend these shows and bring demonstration layouts. Almost everybody I have met in 20 years in the hobby is more than willing to share ideas and skills with newcomers. A few reference books will be worth the expense. I hope you get started and enjoy the results of your work and effort. It's fun for me!
I Have A Bunch Of N Scale Trains And Tracks, Modulators, And A Few Larger Trains How Can I Get Thecurrentvalue?From Rail Forum:
I have a bunch of n scale trains and tracks, modulators, and a few larger trains how can I get thecurrentValue? I Have tons Of n scale never opened boxcars,cabouses,tracks,ornaments,transformers to run them,etc. How can I get it's current value is there a book I can buy or a website subscription I can buy? There is also o scale a little of everything? Can you help me?
Answer: I think your best bet is to go to your local hobby dealer and see if you can get an estimation from there.
Which Is The Best N Scale Train Set To Start A Layout With ?From Hobbies & Crafts Forum:
Which is the best n scale train set to start a layout with ? My son is 15 and always wanted a train layout, my oldest son came for Christmas a built him a 3'x7' table and we tried the Empire Builder Set by Bushman, but disappointingly the train keeps derailing off the track. We looked at some Kati Train Set, but would like some input from someone who knows about these model train sets.
Answer: Since N is so small the tracks need to be right on. Derailing is cause by unevenness. Kati is very good but a set isn't necessary. You need a good transformer and decide on what track you want. A premed plan of a layout helps too.Try one that snaps together you may have more luck with it. You can research on line too,
Where To Buy N Scale Model Railway Way Scenery And Trains?From Hobbies & Crafts Forum:
Where to buy N Scale Model railway way scenery and trains? A website where I can buy: N scale trains. N scale scenery N scale track. Thanks =)
Answer: Amazon have 100's of N-Gauge items, here's the page you want: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26redirect%3Dtrue%26ref_%3Dsr_nr_i_0%26keywords%3DN%2520Scale%26qid%3D1286100322%26rh%3Dk%253AN%2520Scale%252Ci%253Atoys&tag=1189&linkCode=ur2&camp=1634&creative=19450
Where Can I Buy Big Collections Of Ho And N Scale Trains Without Paying Hobby Shop Prices?From Hobbies & Crafts Forum:
Where can I buy big collections of ho and n scale trains without paying hobby shop prices? Please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks!
Answer: Alert people of your interest with periodic Grisliest postings. Use electronic searching on newspaper on line listings of estate sales and manually search paper listings Contact model railroad clubs within your willing travel area and go to regional gatherings of HO and N scale owners/enthusiasts, such as the modular train setup I viewed in Ft. Worth a couple of years back and make your interests known. Contact specialized model railroad shops with interest - widows, etc., contact about collections left behind by deceased spouses. Place ads in model railroading magazines - "Are you getting out of model railroading or changing scales? I might be interested in your cars and locomotive stock."
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