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    I just picked up a Bachmann N scale train set. I would like to duplicate my HO layout in N scale. My HO layout uses 15", 18" and 22" radius curves. N scale track is available in 11 1/4", 12 1/2", 14", 15 1/2", 17 1/2" and 19" radius. Is there a chart that shows how to convert HO to N? I don't want to have to buy a bunch of track in each radius just to be able to pick and choose what fits.

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    Use flex track. Back in the 70's I was in train withdrawal when I got out of the service, and being that I was stuck in an apartment, I started a small N sclae layout that I could slide under a bed. The folks at the hobby shop I went to suggested flex track as this would allow you to choose any radius you would need. When I finally moved back to Montana and had a basement, I incorporated the small layout into a large one wit over 11 scale miles of main line. I never used sectional track. Always flex track.

    Here are a few photos of what I had.





    Unfortunately, I tore the layout down around 1980 mainly because the locomotives in that era were lousy performers. You are lucky that the locomotives that are on the market today are great performers.

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    Flex track isn't an option. I am using Bachmann EZ Track.

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    That does present a problem. You could be in between a rock and a hard place and may have to invest in more track.

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    Found here:http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/11/t/209783.aspx

    Quote Originally Posted by tomikawaTT from thread
    The absolute minimum `N scale from an HO track plan' reduction is HO/N = 18/9.75. By no coincidence whatsoever, Atlas 9.75 inch radius N scale track is equivalent to Atlas 18 inch radius HO track.
    See Cuyama's post just underneath his as well for further clarification.

    From this site: http://www.urbaneagle.com/data/RRconvcharts.html, you could multiply your curve radii by .544 to get the approximate N scale radii ...

    15" HO = 8.16" N
    18" HO = 9.8" N
    22" HO = 12" N
    Last edited by ianacole; 04-18-2017 at 12:53 PM.
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    Nightwing, do I have this right? You have an HO layout. You want to build another layout exactly like your HO layout; but, in N Scale? If this is correct, i would wonder why you would want to copy something you've already done?
    Last edited by NP2626; 04-18-2017 at 06:48 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NP2626 View Post
    Nightwing, do I have this right? You have an HO layout. You want to build another layout exactly like your HO layout; but, in N Scale? If this is correct, i would wonder why you would want to copy something you've already done?
    Yes, I want to copy it without any spurs. It is a good layout.

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    Good layout; or, not, my opinion would be "Been there, done that"! My layout is pretty good, too. However, I enjoy the designing and building; so, would never consider doing what you want to do. I'm not you and you certainly know what you want. Good luck. I assume with the chart that Ianacole made available to you, you have the information you need.
    Mark D.

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    Hi Nightwing -

    Unless you already own a bunch of Bachmann N-scale EZ Track, there is no benefit (except for your familiarity with EZ Track) in using it for the N-scale version of your layout. You can build the N-scale version with track from any manufacturer.

    However, since you seem to like EZ Track, here's how I would proceed.

    It is unlikely that Bachmann N-scale EZ Track will have all of the track pieces required to simply swap N-scale pieces for HO pieces to create the N-scale version. The geometry is going to be a little bit off. What I would recommend is using track planning software to design the N-scale version. Bachmann N-scale EZ Track is included with many track planning programs, so you can be sure everything will fit properly before you purchase any N-scale track pieces. Even the free XTrackCAD program includes Bachmann N-scale EZ Track.

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    Thank you. That is most helpful.

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