Walking around the train show in Springfield, Mass. last week, I saw lots of great examples of modeling and creativity. I always find something new at every show, but this was the first time in a long time I found a new gauge!
Sn2 may not be the most common gauge, but I can certainly see its appeal.
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This little train, based on prototypes common in Maine in the early 20th Century, is S scale, 2 foot gauge, or Sn2. S scale (1:64) in itself is not a common modeling choice, which is ironic because it is a very nice compromise between HO and O. When it comes to narrow gauge, Sn3 is a relatively well-know and chosen scale. But Sn2? This was a first.
In addition to being a rarity, this layout also featured some outstanding scenery. Working in a scale and guage like this almost gaurantees that nearly everything will be scratchbuilt - it is not a "ready to run" railroad. So it comes as no surprise that those drawn to it would be true craftsman.
So if you are truly adventurous and looking for something completely outside the mainstream, perhaps Sn2 is for you too!