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Help me!!!!~
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, July 9, 2003 6:24 PM
Hi everyone
I have a bit of an embarrissing problem on my hands and i need your help!!!![:I]
I have found my layout and ive got the money to cover it [:D] but the problem is that the layout is in N scale and I have good ol` HO [:(]
the good news is I can convert it [8D]
the bad news... I dont know how [xx(]
Please respond this is urgent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Help me!!!!~
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, July 9, 2003 6:24 PM
Hi everyone
I have a bit of an embarrissing problem on my hands and i need your help!!!![:I]
I have found my layout and ive got the money to cover it [:D] but the problem is that the layout is in N scale and I have good ol` HO [:(]
the good news is I can convert it [8D]
the bad news... I dont know how [xx(]
Please respond this is urgent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, July 9, 2003 8:03 PM
Mohawk69;
My first thought is for you to go to the Atlas website and download their free trackplanning software: http://www.atlasrr.com/software/welcome.asp called Right Track.. This should allow you to replicate the N scale layout you like and test whether it will fit your space before committing to any physical work.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, July 9, 2003 8:03 PM
Mohawk69;
My first thought is for you to go to the Atlas website and download their free trackplanning software: http://www.atlasrr.com/software/welcome.asp called Right Track.. This should allow you to replicate the N scale layout you like and test whether it will fit your space before committing to any physical work.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, July 9, 2003 9:02 PM
Thank soooo much
-Mohawk 69
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, July 9, 2003 9:02 PM
Thank soooo much
-Mohawk 69
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, July 10, 2003 11:01 PM
Mohawk,
Why not search for an HO plan like the N scale one. If you found a published plan for N scale, I'm guessing you're looking at a smaller layout. Almost all N scale layout plans were formally HO plans that were downsized. Unfortunately due to a hard drive format, all my bookmarks are gone or I could have sent you to some good HO sites for track plans - they're out there.

You might find working with Atlas's Right Track a bit frustrating and over kill, but all the power to you if you want to work it.

I would post a request in the General discussion area requesting some good HO layouts you can peruse. Unfortunately this forum is still new so it doesn't have the volume yet for some quantifiable replies of various suggestions.

If you don't get at least four or five good responses to your question, ask your same question on the Atlas forum which will re-open in just a little over a week now. You will get lots of replies there.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, July 10, 2003 11:01 PM
Mohawk,
Why not search for an HO plan like the N scale one. If you found a published plan for N scale, I'm guessing you're looking at a smaller layout. Almost all N scale layout plans were formally HO plans that were downsized. Unfortunately due to a hard drive format, all my bookmarks are gone or I could have sent you to some good HO sites for track plans - they're out there.

You might find working with Atlas's Right Track a bit frustrating and over kill, but all the power to you if you want to work it.

I would post a request in the General discussion area requesting some good HO layouts you can peruse. Unfortunately this forum is still new so it doesn't have the volume yet for some quantifiable replies of various suggestions.

If you don't get at least four or five good responses to your question, ask your same question on the Atlas forum which will re-open in just a little over a week now. You will get lots of replies there.
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Posted by nfmisso on Friday, July 11, 2003 8:42 AM
Mohawk;

You can take any N scale layout and double all the dimensions and have a pretty good HO scale layout.

Going to a larger scale than a plan calls for is easy, the other way around is harder if there are any aisles involved.
Nigel N&W in HO scale, 1950 - 1955 (..and some a bit newer too) Now in San Jose, California
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Posted by nfmisso on Friday, July 11, 2003 8:42 AM
Mohawk;

You can take any N scale layout and double all the dimensions and have a pretty good HO scale layout.

Going to a larger scale than a plan calls for is easy, the other way around is harder if there are any aisles involved.
Nigel N&W in HO scale, 1950 - 1955 (..and some a bit newer too) Now in San Jose, California
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, July 11, 2003 11:34 AM
One problem in converting from N to HO is making the adjustments for the aisles. You did not say that it was a 'walk-in' or around the walls type layout. The doubling of the space for HO works except for the aisles as the N scale aisle would be the same size for HO. Of course, if you have the room, 5' to 6' wide aisles allow lots of people traffic.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, July 11, 2003 11:34 AM
One problem in converting from N to HO is making the adjustments for the aisles. You did not say that it was a 'walk-in' or around the walls type layout. The doubling of the space for HO works except for the aisles as the N scale aisle would be the same size for HO. Of course, if you have the room, 5' to 6' wide aisles allow lots of people traffic.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 11:15 PM
I designed my present layout with the Right Track software, and I like the fact that I know everything will fit, because I'm using their track. For the design, not for the layout. A # 6 is a # 6 where ever you go, but it's more accurate with the program than with paper and pencil, unless you're drawing full-sized. It wasn't really that labor-intensive to learn. I printed out the instructions(quite a few pages) to have a reference beside me, and I dedicated most of a Saturday to learning the program. By that evening, I was pretty good at it. I've got seven or eight layers in there, one for the room, one for the benchwork, one for the hidden track, etc. Makes it nice, because you can add or remove layers to make sure everything is where it needs to be. My room is about 22 feet long, 15 wide one end and 10 wide on the other so I was able to get enough railroad in there to suit me. I've never used a program like CAD Rail or anything, but this one worked pretty good for me.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 11:15 PM
I designed my present layout with the Right Track software, and I like the fact that I know everything will fit, because I'm using their track. For the design, not for the layout. A # 6 is a # 6 where ever you go, but it's more accurate with the program than with paper and pencil, unless you're drawing full-sized. It wasn't really that labor-intensive to learn. I printed out the instructions(quite a few pages) to have a reference beside me, and I dedicated most of a Saturday to learning the program. By that evening, I was pretty good at it. I've got seven or eight layers in there, one for the room, one for the benchwork, one for the hidden track, etc. Makes it nice, because you can add or remove layers to make sure everything is where it needs to be. My room is about 22 feet long, 15 wide one end and 10 wide on the other so I was able to get enough railroad in there to suit me. I've never used a program like CAD Rail or anything, but this one worked pretty good for me.

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