So who is right now?The information you were given about N scale radius at 9 3/4" may be a correct measurement it's not going to help you. What you need is the diameter which in this case is 19 1/2" which is why N scale will not work. If the Z scale measurement scale is correct and it's also a radius then you will be over 15" diameter. That's probably why the hobby shop track was too large.
Haha, an interesting question, Big Ed! I'm sure we never realized it was a contest! We know only that Carolyn has an 11" wide bench! How accurate that is, or how thick the sidewalls are, or what the inside dimension is (unless that is it), we can only guess. We discovered that there was a "Unitrack Compact" line with a radius only half their regular product offering, so, as I told her in post #30, "Well, your 9-1/4 centerline diameter N-scale might fit inside your bench depending on the inside dimension." So, I hope that was right!o who is right now?
John or cid and you?
I already obsessed about a switching layout. Post 15.Carolyn, welcome aboard the Obsession Express! As you've seen there's no shortage of ideas and guidance here. Here's another.
Why not build a switching layout in your piano bench? That way your GP38 wouldn't have to wrestle with super tight curves, and you could build a plausible industrial diorama and get some practice at both scenery fabrication and prototypical operation. I would suggest building it on a sheet of thin plywood that would fit down into your bench, but could be easily lifted out to work on.
My cats love practicing their rodent killing skills on my N scale trains, so I would suggest a hinged lexan cover between the bench and its wooden seat. I have an ancient Bachmann "sacrificial" switch engine that Onyx and Ebony can wreak their havoc on. Haven't killed it yet!
Is there a sofa and coffee table in your small apartment? After you've honed your skills on the switching layout, maybe you'd like to tackle a coffee table rail empire. There's lots you can do with N scale and a coffee table. Most important, have fun!
OK, but surely a Z scale would work in that space?I think that she just wants to keep us all in suspense 🤣🤣🤣
The 9 3/4 you saw was radius which is 19 1/2 diameter. You acknowledged that mistake in an earlier post, #21. That should answer your question in post #46.So I was right, I saw 9 3/4 and thought it would fit, but then cid said it wouldn't work, so he changed my mind.
But like I said I have N but never laid down track with the N.
But then he said Z scale wouldn't fit either...........I didn't want to argue.
I thought he knew.