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    Default new member - benscaro

    hullo

    i am new here. first, thank you to the moderator for allowing me onto the list. i live in cambridge in the UK and have an interest in the C&EI, frisco, SAL/ACL and the georgia and west point route. i am keen on finding more about the frisco's distinctive howe truss boxcars and similar vehicles. i have rcently joined the british region of the NMRA.

    i model TT scale ... which largely entails building your own stuff, so i'm a sucker for freight car details.

    regards

    ben

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    Welcome aboard Ben. We look forward to pictures!

    Charlie

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    Ben .. Glad to meet you!
    My goodness .. I have not heard TT gauge mentioned in a long time.
    Do you have a layout - do you build your own track?
    So many questions .. so little time!
    Glad to have you here!
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    Sherrel Weems (And stop calling me Surely)
    Mi Speel Chekeer is Daid!
    I have to go now, the guys in the white coats are coming!
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    Default Re: new member - benscaro

    Welcome aboard. I have a few German TT items I picked up a few years ago. Is TT in England different from Germany? My stuff is all 1:120 (one inch equals 10 feet) and the track gauge is 12 mm. You may find some freight car stuff at http://www.goldcoastrailway.com/main.html
    Last edited by gna; 02-21-2013 at 07:52 PM. Reason: Fixed Scale
    Gary

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    Default Re: new member - benscaro

    Wouldn't that be 1/10 th of an inch = 1 foot??

    Tom G.

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    Default Re: new member - benscaro

    Quote Originally Posted by TAG1014 View Post
    Wouldn't that be 1/10 th of an inch = 1 foot??

    Tom G.
    You are correct. I edited my above reply. TT started in the US as "Table Top," and was based on a fairly common engineering and drafting scale of 1"=10'. Thus a 40' boxcar will be 4" in TT scale. My father had some old rulers he gave me that are marked for 1:120.

    It never really caught on in the US, but it seems to be fairly popular in Germany. I thought I read somewhere that TT in England uses the same track as used in Germany, 12mm, but scales out at 1:100 instead of 1:120. Sort of like 00. It's the dead of night in England, so maybe Ben will come on and set me straight sometime tomorrow.
    Gary

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    Between the size of N and HO? That seems very attractive. I am surprised there is not more interest in that scale. It seems perfect.

    Charlie

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    Per Wikipedia, TT is 1:120, but British TT is 3mm (1:101.6), using the same 12 mm track. Charlie, I agree with you--the size does seem perfect. If I were a better modeler I would model in TT.

    Of course, my vision has gotten worse as I've aged, so maybe I'll go the other way, to S...
    Gary

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