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 Posted: Mon Aug 12th, 2019 10:59 am
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Bit lost there Chris, do you mean 16mm scale on 00 gauge track, which would work out to a gauge of just over 12 inches :???:


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Not even remotely crazy. This looks like GnX where n is narrow and X=the gauge. Estate/park railways (minimum gauge) come to mind, although these tended to be 15.5 inches in real life with appropriately scaled down stock. As Ed says, in 16mm scale using OO gauge track this would be around 12", better with EM or P4 track, which would bring closer it to minimum gauge 15.5". Although that means stretching the chassis of a 4mm scale engine, which can get expensive unless you go DIY and are prepared to remove wheels/gears and refit them on longer axles. Running 4mm OO stock on 16.5mm track is actually narrow gauge (4' 1.5" instead of 4' 8.5"), no less prototypical than running 16mm narrow gauge stock on 16.5mm track.

The Fairbourne Railway (Rheilffordd y Friog) is 12.25" gauge, but runs half-size narrow gauge locomotives. Various South African railways ran full size stock on 2' gauge track, so why not full size 16mm scale stock on 16.5mm track? Or 7mm stock suitably modified, running on 16.5mm track with everything else scaled to 16mm. Full size stock would mean you could easily go battery powered wireless control and escape the drudgery of wiring and track maintenance! It's YMR.

Friend of mine has an indoor G-scale narrow gauge layout, battery powered with radio control, runs fine and looks great. He never cleans the track, and there is no wiring/blocks/switches to worry about either.I am almost tempted, old G scale stock is quite inexpensive compared to HO.

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Only issue I see in using an OO chassis with a 16mm scale RTR body is all that space where the much larger chassis sat. If it's a b-b diesel you could use two 0-4-0 chassis one at each end. For a steam locomotive you could do an 0-6-6-0 Mallett using two 0-6-0 chassis. Probably best to do some selective cut and shut on an RTR body, or build your own in 16mm scale.

Smallbrook Studios do a range of kit bodies in Gn15 that use the Hornby OO 0-4-0 Smokey Joe chassis. Plus rolling stock.


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