N Scale Trains from the mid to late 80's

 
  Jayse00 Station Master

When I was in primary school, my best mate had an N Scale layout and it had I think from memory some Australian style electric trains which I think we're in blue and yellow livery.

Can someone tell me if these did exist or I am confusing them another type of train.

Also is there Melbourne style trains in N Scale including Trams?

Thanks in advance

Jayse

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  viaprojects Train Controller

Can someone tell me if these did exist or I am confusing them another type of train.

Jayse00



yes there where N scale trains of aust outline in the 80's.  cannot give you a list as the company shut down around the same time.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Weico did some whitermetal n gauge body kits back then.

Today I would go to

AUST-N-RAIL http://www.aust-n-rail.com.au

other aussie links are:

Frate-N http://www.frate-n.net.au/

N Scale Australia http://www.aust-n-rail.plann.com.au/nscaleaust.htm

N-Trainshttp://www.n-trains.com.au/


for modern Aussie N.


Regards,
David Head
  M636C Minister for Railways

some Australian style electric trains which I think were in blue and yellow livery.


Jayse
Jayse00

As far as I know the only Australian blue and yellow suburban trains were the Melbourne "Harris" trains.

These are not yet available in HO gauge and I don't think they were ever available in N scale.

What seems likely is that the trains you saw were Japanese Tokyo suburban trains from Sekisui or Kato (or other Japanese model manufacturers) repainted to resemble Harris trains. Some of these Japanese trains are generally like Melbourne Harris trains, depending on the particular prototype.

Some Spanish N scale models by Ibertren were sold during the 1970s and 1980s in Australian colours but these were mainly Spanish 1600 class locomotives painted as NSW 44 class in various liveries.

M636C
  Jayse00 Station Master

Thabks for the links and info.

Viaprojects...do you know if any of these still exist today?
  Jayse00 Station Master

Also do you recall the name of the brand/manufacturer?
  viaprojects Train Controller

Thabks for the links and info.

Viaprojects...do you know if any of these still exist today?
Jayse00
N scale models by Ibertren  ( never had the right spelling over the years . thanks M636c. ) you can only get on the second hand market however the running gear for the loco's would be dead.

but the AUST-N-RAIL site is the best info site for local n scale models.
  nscaler69 Deputy Commissioner

Location: There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.
Also is there Melbourne style trains in N Scale including Trams?
Jayse00
Yes in kit form, Aust-N-Rail has more info about them on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aust-N-Rail/289214121188196 plus some videos.
  Jayse00 Station Master

Thanks for the help everyone I really appreciate it

Nscaler69...I just checked out the N Scale Comeng in the video and looks awesome especially with the overhead wires. The Z Class Tram was rather impressive too.

Gives me an idea now to do a N Scale Metro with suburban trains and stations as well as some freight trains thrown in operating on a container wharf (thinking along the lines of Melbourne Metro train network and Vline freight/country passenger).

I have a max size of 8 ft x 4 ft baseboard to work on. I would more than welcome ideas from forum members as to what I should do (beginner dreaming big).

I am into 3D printing and hope one day to start modelling my own trains to cut costs.

Thanks in advance

Jayse
  SAR523 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Chicago, IL
Honestly, my primary recommendation is not to build a "8x4" layout. Edit: the reason for the scare quotes is that you're really building an 8x10 layout after accounting for 2' isles around three sides. And it's an inefficient use of an 8x12 Space.

The operational (read: long term satisfaction) drawbacks of a sheet of ply greatly outweigh the construction advantages it provides. And the construction effort is not much greater to build a much more satisfying plan.

See here for examples (there are plenty of others) http://www.layoutvision.com/id28.html

Even if you have to be able to move/store the layout regularly, I'd strongly recommend something else. It's very hard to break the 'roundy roundy' profile of the track on a 4x8. Model Railroader has published some ok 4x8 plans in recent years, but if you ask them directly they'll tell you to build something else if you can.
  Jayse00 Station Master

Thanks for the advice SAR523. I found a 6.1x 3.3 that I would like to share. How do I post pictures on here?

Jayse
  wolfpac Minister for Railways

Location: Over here...
Probably easiest to upload photos to Flickr and share the link here...

Wolfpac
  Jayse00 Station Master

I got the chance to visit a couple of hobby stores during my visit to Melbourne yesterday, the first stop was Hearns in Flinders Street and boy I felt like a little kid in a candy store, the range of HO and N Scale was pretty daunting and spent a good hour and half looking around.

The next stop was Metro Hobbies in Swanson St the variety of N Scale was disappointing compare to HO and trying to get a decent answer to my questions was difficult as the guys in the shop would hunt around for a worker who could help me regarding trains but still made a purchase.

I ran out of time and I am sure there were other hobby shops I missed but at least next time I know that to visit the shops you need serious cash which I spent a part of.

I just thought I would let you guys know of a country boy trip to the city hobby stores lol.

Jayse
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Glad you had a good experiance. Metro Hobbies, that would be usual as train are not a core part for the staff.

Regards,
David Head

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