New N Scale Layout - Basic Project to Learn the good stuff

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by redmans, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. redmans

    redmans New Member

    I've been thinking about building a layout for several years now and after being frustrated with lack of room available for a HO layout, I've decided to go N scale.

    Plan is pretty basic, but I had a few requirements.

    - A double main line (of sorts)
    - Bridges and a river bed (ending in a creek and culvert)
    - A small yard and engine house
    - Some inclines

    Here is the plan...


    Exciting stuff I know, but my kids will go ballistic, they love running the little N scale loco around my desk with the set track forming a basic loop.

    I had a 2 1/2' x 4' base board built (was going to be a HO module) so I bought some 2" thick styrene foam (hot knife compatible) and laid out the track plan on top.


    I've then pinned the 2% grade inclines and risers. The outer track is 1" above the foam base and the inner will be 1/2"


    Next the outer track was pinned down and adjusted, including adding the viaduct pieces (except not at the right height, so a slight bump up and down)


    Lastly a couple of loops with a BNSF GP-9 and some carraiges. (the requisite building shot sign1)


    Over the next few days I will be gluing and forming the foam base on some 3.6mm ply, so the river bed and creek will take shape. I'll also start gluing the risers and inclines in place.

    Hopefully I'll have an update after that.

    I know this is basic, but it is a start. I'm keen to try my hand at some of the building and landscaping aspects. With any luck I'll be able to learn a few things and apply them to a larger and more complex layout. One which will be more prototypical and realistic in operation. Until then, it is double loop time for me! :wave:
  2. jesso

    jesso Member

    Nice start!:thumb: Keep up the good work!
  3. alcuin

    alcuin Member

    Looks great so far. My own layout is just about the same size. Like you, I had put off getting started for lack of space, but I finally got in gear and started building on a scrap piece of flakeboard. Here's how things look so far on mine:
  4. redmans

    redmans New Member

    That looks pretty neat too. That mountain is big! Hopefully not too heavy.

    Any chance of a photo from the other side showing the bridge?
  5. umtrr-author

    umtrr-author Member

    Everyone has to start someplace... and your start looks good. :thumb:

    Please keep us posted!
  6. darkcurves

    darkcurves Member

    Nice start, it's small but interesting layout.
  7. redmans

    redmans New Member

    Thanks for the words of encouragement, I've really needed them of late, but things are moving which gets the motivation going!
  8. redmans

    redmans New Member

    OK, been putting a little bit of time towards the layout.

    Here are the updates...

    Progress on the layout

    River/Creek/Wetland almost cut


    Should have some more shots in a few days!
  9. darkcurves

    darkcurves Member

    Nice big river! Just wondering, how are you going to close the holes in the risers?
  10. jesso

    jesso Member

    Looks very nice. I have REALLY got to get me a foam cutter. There is no way that I can cut anything out that well.
  11. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    That is shaping up nicely! no pun intended...honest. :thumb:
  12. redmans

    redmans New Member

    Thanks everyone.

    Hopefully some filler from woodland scenics will patch up the risers. In fact I tried the foam putty and found it quite good.

    The foam cutter is OK, but can be very imprecise. Although that could also be my fault as I rush things sometimes.

    Might attack it again tonight. Following is the update...

    Some cork is down!

    Risers and foam, no putty

    Risers and foam with putty

    River after more foam cutting and smoothing with putty

    Close up of culvert end

    I think I'll leave any more until the weekend!
  13. jesso

    jesso Member

    Looking very good. Can't wait to see the bridges in.
  14. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Man, I wish I had the time and money to start my layout again...

    Looks super!
  15. sd80mac

    sd80mac New Member

    Nice layout! I like to see what people can do when they are limited to small spaces. I am in the planning stags of a 3' x 4' N-scale. I'm thinking of going with a mix of Atlas code55 snap track and flextrack and a min. radius of either 12.5" or 13.75". I like the pre-formed curves as it takes the gues work out of the equation!

  16. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

    Nice little layout redmans.
    Thanks for posting a lot of pictures to show the evolution of your work.
    Will you build some kind of hill on that layout ?

  17. Packers#1

    Packers#1 Ultimate Packers Fan

    Cool little layout there. thanks for sharing.

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