WHY THIS BLOG
Modellers of norwegian railways in H0 scale have a very good choice of high quality models of rolling stock to choose from.
Not so in N scale.
Genuine Norwegian models are almost non existent. Norwegian Railways up to about 1960 was divided in standard gauge (1435mm) and CAP gauge (1067mm). See my blog http://keknor-rena1900.blogspot.no/for CAP gauge in FiNe. There were also some minor 750mm and 600mm (industrial) gauge Railways. Typical of norwegian railways in the steam era, was lightly built rail and small locomotives despite of challenging routes through hills and mountains.
To capture this in N scale, scratchbuilding is the order of the day. The usual method of finding a mechanism from existing models and build a superstructure over it does not work so well because the Norwegian locos are generally smaller and more condensed than the bigger sisters in for example Germany. This is where the finescale aproach come in and make things a little easier. Smaller flanges and narrower wheels help keep the models nearer to the correct proportions.
The fiNe standard have a look here:
To build finescale in N of norwegian railways does not have to be all scratchbuilding. in standard gauge, many german goodswagons of older types, some passenger wagons, and a few locomotives was incorporated into the norwegian railways. Also Swedish rolling stock crossed the border often, and some were on loan for e period.
Some examples : Gammeltysker NSB type 61: Kato and Minitrix BR 57. Stortysker type 63: Minitrix and Fleischmann BR 52. Nohab Diesel DI3: Kato and Minitrix Nohab diesel