Loading gauge for 1.5 or 1.6 inch scale

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Loading gauge for 1.5 or 1.6 inch scale

Post by dnevil » Wed Feb 24, 2016 2:46 pm

Does anyone have a Loading Gauge diagram worked out for 1.5 or 1.6 inch scale?

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loading_gauge for more information on Loading gauges.

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Re: Loading gauge for 1.5 or 1.6 inch scale

Post by FLSTEAM » Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:11 pm

That would be a little hard to come up with since we don't know if our "Load" is a 6 year old boy or a 30 year old basketball player.

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Re: Loading gauge for 1.5 or 1.6 inch scale

Post by mikeehlert » Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:42 pm

dnevil wrote:Does anyone have a Loading Gauge diagram worked out for 1.5 or 1.6 inch scale?

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loading_gauge for more information on Loading gauges.

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Guess this is a track / line specific issue. How high is the bottom of the lowest bridge? How close is the sides of the nearest building / switch / tunnel?

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Re: Loading gauge for 1.5 or 1.6 inch scale

Post by Cary Stewart » Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:27 pm

Loading gage is the envelope that defines the clearances around the track. Be aware that the various scales that run on 7.25/7.5" gage track varies the loading gage. A 3 3/4" scale 2ft gage model will not pass through a loading gage for 1.5/1.6" scale models.
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Re: Loading gauge for 1.5 or 1.6 inch scale

Post by dnevil » Tue Mar 01, 2016 10:29 am

There could actually be two loading gauges for each scale. One that models the full size railroads, and accounts for the cars with no riders. This would be useful for storage, transportation, etc, of the equipment. The second loading gauge would include a rider, and I understand that would be more subjective, depending on the height of the person riding the car. Still, for any layout that has a tunnel or bridge that the train must pass under, some kind of assumption was made about the loading gauge with passengers. I'd like to see what some of these assumptions are for the various tracks out there.

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Re: Loading gauge for 1.5 or 1.6 inch scale

Post by jcbrock » Tue Mar 01, 2016 4:32 pm

Just one data point, but at the St Croix we use 62" from top of rail to bottom of lowest obstruction, and then 3 feet to each side from the centerline of the track. There's always an exception or ten, such as posts that have the automated turnout throws on them, which have to be closer to be easily reachable. These dimensions were established based on the diameter of corrugated pipe used in our cut'n'cover tunnels - ie it's 6' pipe. The tunnel portals are also narrower as we wanted the opening to look like a tunnel, not a piece of pipe. I'd guess they are around 2 feet to each side of center.
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Re: Loading gauge for 1.5 or 1.6 inch scale

Post by dnevil » Wed Mar 30, 2016 3:27 pm

Hey, I found a loading guage. I don't have the page with the corresponding numbers, but at least there is a drawing. This is from the old Mini-Rail Corporation.

http://ibls.org/files/drawings/MiniRail ... ds1993.pdf

(Upon closer inspection of the document I noted that the numbers are included on the previous page.)
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