N Scale Kits Gunderson 5-Unit 40' Rebuilt Well Car Set Length?

pmpexpress Apr 10, 2020

  1. pmpexpress

    pmpexpress TrainBoard Member

    Needing to determine the anticipated rail car capacity of a container terminal diorama that is currently in the design stage.

    Measured from the ends of the Micro Trains couplers, can anyone tell me what the overall length of an assembled N Scale Kits NS020-40 Gunderson 5-Unit 40 Foot Rebuilt Double Stack Well Car Set is?
  2. ns737

    ns737 TrainBoard Supporter

    contact Pete at N scale kits they can give you overall length. I have there spine car sets and they are great.ED
  3. pmpexpress

    pmpexpress TrainBoard Member

    Have already done that, but I am afraid he might not be able to respond because of the near complete COVID-19 lock-down that is currently in place in the UK.
  4. John Moore

    John Moore TrainBoard Supporter

    With a 40 N scale foot car measuring about 3 inches times 5 equals 15 inches. Add another inch for space taken by drawbars or couplers and I would say a safe bet is at least 16 inches.
  5. pmpexpress

    pmpexpress TrainBoard Member

    A user on another forum board provided the following courteous response:

    "I get 20 5/16" = 270.8 scale feet coupler to coupler. These kits are 3/16" shorter than a Kato Maxi-I set, which I measure as 20.5" = 273.3 scale feet coupler to coupler."
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  6. prbharris

    prbharris TrainBoard Supporter

    Hi - the replies above are correct - I have been unable to get into the plant, as even N Scale Kits are not regarded as an 'essential industry'! :-(

    We are,therefore, closed with staff furloughed and no-one in. There are a number of orders that we have had in over the Easter weekend [it is Friday - Monday inclusive state holiday in the UK] that will be packed as soon as possible - and I will get to measure the Gunderson 40' cut down well cars. I do plan to go in tomorrow Tuesday on my own and will get the orders shipped and the car measured. So I do hope that I can get everything sorted out.

    Apologies but hope that all of the TB community will understand - do keep well and keep those trains running!

    Best wishes


    Peter Harris
    N Scale Kits
  7. pmpexpress

    pmpexpress TrainBoard Member


    Peter Harris has graciously taken the time to measure an assembled model that he has at the office.

    In his correspondence, he stated "The 5 car 40’ consist is 19.84” long, coupler end to coupler end."

    According to Peter, users no longer need to purchase Microscale 60-792 TTX Maxi III 5-unit Double Stack Car decals as the NS020-40 kits are now packaged with N Scale Kits' own decal sets, which have both the black and white and the new red TTX logos on them.

    Already reasonably priced, adding the factory supplied decals for the models is a really nice touch.

    Kudos to Peter for all of his assistance.
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2020

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