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30 August 2019

Unless you have studied the history of railroads in the Cumberland, LaVale, Frostburg, Maryland area you may not know anything about Narrows Park.  The park was developed initially by the Cumberland Electric Railway to give customers a reason to ride their streetcars out of Cumberland to this park in LaVale.  A roller rink and furniture store live at that location now.  However if you look closely a residence that was part of the park is still there!

The park by an account I read somewhere had a train ride (and a roller coaster), though I know nothing more that that.  In N Scale an amusement park train ride is a tiny, tiny thing.  Well, perhaps still a bit large for N Scale, T Gauge (T Scale = 1:450) is only about 20" for N Scale.  So the concept is to develop an N Scale small train out of T Scale components with some custom 3D printed material.

For today, here is a concept for the track using standard T Scale rails and gauge and custom printed ties.  This concept is inspired by a design by Thomas Knapp for his Nn3 modeling work (thank you Tom!), and is not too dissimilar form Peco N Scale code 55 track.  So here it is, have a look.  Any thoughts or comments, email me (check the home page)!


N Scale T Gauge Custom Tie Concept

Figure 1 - Custom Tie Concept for T Gauge Amusement Park Railroad in N Scale

Just a little bit more at the moment...

Here is an image of the tie and rail detail.  Some refinements have been made; a clearance-cut through the tie for the rail, and some reduced copies of the spike head designed by Thomas Knapp.  Note the rail profile has been drawn from data collected from a dimensioned drawing on this page:  https://www.tgauge.com/product/325/3/2-lengths-code-40-steel-rail

The wheel set above is drawn from data on this page:  https://www.tgauge.com/product/263/7/20-pin-point-axles-and-40-wheels

Rail Detail and Updated Tie Detail

Figure 2 - Updated Tie and Rail Detail, Spike Head is a Reduced Tom Knapp Design

Note the rails are steel (magnetic) and some wheel-sets are magnetized.  This helps prevent derailments.


More later....

All the best,
Charles W. Sloane
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