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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 3:18 am 
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I've seen on the track templates and didn't know what the difference was.

Is anyone using Zm?

Rob

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:31 am 
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rdressel wrote:
I've seen on the track templates and didn't know what the difference was.

Is anyone using Zm?

Rob


Hi Rob,

Believe it or not Zm is Z scale narrow gauge (well metre gauge to be precise). We did a custom fixture a while back for a modeler working with this scale. The track gauge is 3/16".

This image shows a completed turnout being straddled by an HO scale wheelset.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 10:50 am 
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Zm is not only 1:220 meter gage, but also used by a few 1:160 N scalers and a very few 1:120 TT scalers for 2 ft. gage representation. The track gage is 4,5mm. There is also an HOm gage thats 12,0mm gage. Altogether there are 57 'regular' scale and gage combinations - though some are a bit esoteric. Historically, including a number of now obsolete scales and gages, there are 123 combinations of scale and gage. The very smallest 'commercial' gage is 2,5mm trackwork for a 1:450 scale models supplied by some Japanese manufacturers labeled 'T' scale.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 10:54 am 
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The oddest one we have done was for a modeler who wanted to build in TTn30. He ordered a complete set of fixtures and QuickSticks for this size, which was Z scale track standards on TT scale ties.

He was adamant to work in a gauge that had not been done before, I am pretty sure he found one!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:01 pm 
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Hello Tim and Ed,

Thanks for the quick answers, wow! I didn't know! interesting on how some folks want to be unique.

By the way although not a z scale question whats the diff between HOn 3 and HOn30?? is there a NMRA gauge for either??

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:46 am 
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HOn3 is HO, 3' narrow gauge.
HOn30 is HO, 30" narrow gauge.

Hon30 uses N gauge track with different ties and tie spacing.

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