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Caribou
6th Dec 2019, 08:19 PM
Looking to build an Nn3 American 4-4-0 and a 4-6-0 both Nn3.

Where would I need to start I know marklin is available in z but looking for something a little more cost-effective for my meager budget.

These would be the only 2 units that would be kept as heritage collection units on a tourist branch of my layout.

Scotian_Huntress
7th Dec 2019, 12:34 AM
Have you seen this site:
http://www.nn3.org
Shapeways has some cars
https://www.shapeways.com/marketplace/miniatures/trains?tag=nn3
Republic Locomotive Works
https://www.republiclocomotiveworks.com
Expensive
https://www.republiclocomotiveworks.com/show_item.php?ID=1336&CategoryID=2 randgust has some kits
http://www.randgust.com/products.htm
Sourcebook
https://www.amazon.com/Nn3-Manual-Modeling-Narrow-Railroads/dp/B003YQ1ACY

Moose2013
7th Dec 2019, 07:38 AM
Vince

Wow! Diving into the deep end with Nn3 projects and layout build simultaneously?
https://www.nscale.net/forums/mysmiliesvb/mysmilie_2520.gif
Good on you for going full gusto! :)

Moose always enjoy seeing layouts come together and - wow - doing narrow gauge seems like a lot of time to do in addition to starting a new layout.

Maybe Moose no know enough about building up a narrow gauge train. Moose's own 100 different projects at once approach has proven, how Moose say, a challenge!

Sooo, get'r done good sir!


:g-luck:

randgust
7th Jan 2020, 02:34 PM
The game changer in Nn3 is Rokuhan Z scale stuff - that shorty mechanism is what made my Climax A possible in Nn3.

They have two steam locomotives out already - a C57 Japanese 4-6-2 and a Japanese 2-6-4. Because of the bigger drivers these chassis might work well for Nn3 - at any rate, they are in the $120 - $170 range on Plaza Japan - which is a whole heck of a lot less than the european steam. Based on what I've seen I'd say risk it.

The track is what really got my attention - I got a couple turnouts and some curves for my Ttrak module (Nn3 test track) and I was pretty impressed. It's as close to a Z Kato Unitrack as I've seen and is really a game changer on the price/quality scale.

ranulf
7th Jan 2020, 09:51 PM
I want to say I saw an article regarding narrowing an N scale model's gauge? I can't remember where, but I think it was a Bachmann 4-4-0. I could easily be wrong tho.

Jugtown Modeler
8th Jan 2020, 01:26 AM
Looking to build an Nn3 American 4-4-0 and a 4-6-0 both Nn3.

Where would I need to start I know marklin is available in z but looking for something a little more cost-effective for my meager budget.

These would be the only 2 units that would be kept as heritage collection units on a tourist branch of my layout.

Sorry, I missed this. The Nn3 Handbook has an article that discusses narrowing a 4-4-0 American. https://www.republiclocomotiveworks.com/show_item.php?ID=962

I may have an extra manual. Have seen older versions on Ebay for less that new.

As mentioned, Marklin is common for donor chassis.

...and then there is this thread about narrowing a diesel RS-3: https://www.nscale.net/forums/showthread.php?35961-Nn3-Diesel-Project

Caribou
8th Jan 2020, 01:41 AM
Still looking into this project. Narrowing need to find that article as the 2 Nn3 engine's I want to model have smaller diameter drivers

spyder62
8th Jan 2020, 02:32 AM
I have a few of the Nn3 Handbooks if you need one let me know before I pack them for the move next week.
Also have in stock the Aspen Z scale 4-4-0's in green and black. but these are already boxed and packed.
rich
www.rslaserkits.com