By Brian Donovan on Feb 15, 2008 | In C&A 7/8n2 Projects
7/8’s scale is the largest of large scale trains to run on standard “G gauge” 45 mm track. 7/8’s, or 7/8’s of an inch equal to a scale foot, is 1:13.7 scale. When run on 45 mm track, it represents two foot narrow gauge track. Two foot narrow gauge railroads are represented worldwide from Maine to South America to Europe to Southeast Asia. Many of these are private industrial lines including mines, quarries, agricultural plantations and even the Guinness Brewery. The famous Maine two foot lines were general freight and passenger service. Much of the older equipment has been restored and is still running to this day.
There is a set of 7/8’s modelers who run on 32 mm “O scale” track that represents 18 inch narrow gauge.
Many 7/8’s modelers are freelance modelers, as much of the prototype equipment was custom made for each line. There are many who are also produce very true to prototype models, especially the small steam engines and rolling stock of the Maine lines and small Brookville and Vulcan industrial engines ("critters").
7/8’s railroads are made up of either scratch built or kitbashed engines, rolling stock and structures and tend to have a rustic feel to them. There are several commercial sources for 7/8’s scale parts which makes it a bit easier. Many 1:12 scale doll house parts can also be used for structures.
Stay tuned for future projects.
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