Re: [z_scale] Z TRACK
> Did I miss something? Marklin Z scale track is more prototypical - European-"Experts" and "rivet counters" identify both Marklin and Peco track as
> and I thought I just read in one of the messages that micro train z track
> is actually
> Nn3?? And is PECO different as well? The only turn-outs are Marklin. So as
> we strive to get exacting detail in our engines and rolling stock, our
> track is really a mixed Bag?
representative of European sized ties (sleepers) and their normal spacing in
220:1 scale (Z). Marklin turnouts match this tie/sleeper pattern well.
MicroTrains track is considered by these same folks to be representative of
"American" scale track in 220:1 scale (Z) for ties/sleepers size and spacing.
There are no mass produced turnouts that match MT track at this time, but
there are small shops that do make matching turnout$.
All three brands of track represent standard gauge track of 4 foot 8 1/2 inch
rail-to-rail spacing in 220:1 (Z) scale.
When you consider the same 0.25 inch spacing Z scale track in 160:1 (Nn3)
scale, it represents a narrow gauge track of 3 feet, 4 inches. Which is very
close to the normal 3 foot narrow gauge. The ties/sleepers then represent
the smaller ties/sleepers sizes used in narrow gauge railroads. The error of
4 inches in track gauge is just ignored by Nn3 folks. (Error to the prototype
in N scale = 0.015625 Inches (0.0635 Centimeters). Nn3 folks put N scale
bodies on top of Z scale trucks and power mechanisms. It passes the one
meter viewing rule with flying colors.
I'd suggest you use the track you prefer, and leave the micrometer in the
toolbox. Unless you count rivets.
Hope this helps,
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