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    Is there an easy formula to convert feet of track to 1/32 scale miles. For example: If I had 20 feet of track would that equal 2 scale miles?

  • #2
    I could be wrong but I believe 165 feet =1x1/32nd scale mile. [5280 feet divided by 32=165]
    Last edited by Racing Bandit; October 3, 2020, 02:15 PM.

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    • #3
      Ummm, I think a 1/32 scale mile would equal 53.3 feet.

      I am not sure how I worked that out. I should have written the process down. And I don't know if I am right!


      Last edited by noddaz; October 3, 2020, 02:54 PM.
      Why doesn't my car run like that?

      Scott

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      • #4
        Quite simple..........1 mile = 5280 ft.,..................5280 divided by 32 = 165..............therefore, 165ft. equal a scale 1/32 mile..........there are no other equations/formulas/answers.

        Therefore,......82.5ft equal a scale 1/32 half mile,........and, 41.25 ft. equal a 1/32 scale quarter mile.....etc. etc.

        Cheers
        Chris Walker
        Last edited by chrisguyw; October 3, 2020, 03:46 PM.

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        • #5
          "That's the way I'd calculate it.... BTW...what's a "Slot Car"? "

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          • #6
            Interesting in that I thought Dundee Speedway was / would be a decent sized real life track at 125 feet and if I figure this right it’s less than a mile, not so large after all.

            bursting my bubble but good to know!

            So thanks for asking and thanks for the calculation!!!
            Dundee Denny

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            • #7
              ...1 mile = 5280 ft.,..................5280 divided by 32 = 165..............therefore, 165ft. equal a scale 1/32 mile..........there are no other equations/formulas/answers.

              Therefore,......82.5ft equal a scale 1/32 half mile,........and, 41.25 ft. equal a 1/32 scale quarter mile..

              So, if a train leaves Boston at 3PM, what time do you get to Chicago?
              Matt B
              So. In
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              • Fathead59
                Fathead59 commented
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                Being an ex-railroad engineer , it all depends on the type or class of train you are , mixed freight train , ie box cars and the such could be as fast as 50 mph to as slow as 40 mph , now if you are a inter-modal , ie truck containers , 60 mph , if you are a passenger train , Amtrak , you are 70 mph , but you also have track restrictions for speed that will factor in . So , if you are excepting to get there on time , you better have your fingers crossed that nothing happens along the way , just sit back and enjoy the ride . And I think the calculations are correct

              • Wobble
                Wobble commented
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                Ex railroad engineer Fathead59? that makes 2 of us except my stint was here in New Zealand so no idea of time spent travelling from Boston to Chicago but well versed with the track from Clyde to Ranfurly which is no longer in existence except as a rail trail.

              • Fathead59
                Fathead59 commented
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                Hey Wobble , glad to meet another railroader , I guess for speed you would use kilometers instead of miles

            • #8
              Originally posted by chrisguyw View Post
              Quite simple..........1 mile = 5280 ft.,..................5280 divided by 32 = 165..............therefore, 165ft. equal a scale 1/32 mile..........there are no other equations/formulas/answers.

              Therefore,......82.5ft equal a scale 1/32 half mile,........and, 41.25 ft. equal a 1/32 scale quarter mile.....etc. etc.

              Cheers
              Chris Walker
              Yep, simple enough

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              • #9
                Originally posted by Danno View Post
                Is there an easy formula to convert feet of track to 1/32 scale miles. For example: If I had 20 feet of track would that equal 2 scale miles?
                20' of track is only 0.1212 miles

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                • #10
                  Thanks everyone!!!

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by mattb View Post
                    ...1 mile = 5280 ft.,..................5280 divided by 32 = 165..............therefore, 165ft. equal a scale 1/32 mile..........there are no other equations/formulas/answers.

                    Therefore,......82.5ft equal a scale 1/32 half mile,........and, 41.25 ft. equal a 1/32 scale quarter mile..

                    So, if a train leaves Boston at 3PM, what time do you get to Chicago?

                    wrong post

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                    • #12
                      RR'ers. Every kids dream. Was that New Zealand run very scenic?
                      Matt B
                      So. In
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                      • Wobble
                        Wobble commented
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                        Not so much but the other half from Dunedin to Ranfurly a lot more so. Especially Wingatui to Middlemarch - https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...s=ds&form=QBVR - which is still a tourist attraction today. I only had the pleasure of driving that piece of the route once unfortunately.

                    • #13
                      Originally posted by mattb View Post
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                      So, if a train leaves Boston at 3PM, what time do you get to Chicago?
                      My Atlas says it's 970 miles from Boston to Chicago. If you travel from Boston to Chicago at 50mph both ways it will take you 38 hours and 48 minutes for the round trip.

                      If you travel from Boston to Chicago at 40mph one way and 60 miles per hour on the return trip it will take you 40 hours and 25 minutes even though you averaged 50mph for the round trip.

                      This is of course my calculations, yours may vary.

                      Butch

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                      • #14
                        Ahhh...a common mistake. Doing a round trip one way at 40 and the other at 60 does not average 50, because you spend less time driving 60 and more time driving 40. Your distance is the same on each leg but your time is different. Your average speed over the distance is less than 50.

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                        • Pappy
                          Pappy commented
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                          Proof, that a tailwind never helps you as much as a headwind hurts you

                        • Fourshipp
                          Fourshipp commented
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                          Pappy, are you still flying anything?

                        • Fathead59
                          Fathead59 commented
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                          And it all depends on the trip you are making. If you are doing 40 mph you are site seeing , If you are doing 60 you are just trying to get home , and with some people it is because they can't go to the bathroom in a gas station toilet

                      • #15
                        Originally posted by mattb View Post
                        So, if a train leaves Boston at 3PM, what time do you get to Chicago?
                        The Boston answer is " You can't get there from here"...
                        Dennis Samson

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