Scene ideas for modules

Discussion in 'Modular Layout Forum' started by MasonJar, Apr 6, 2005.

  1. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Ideas for modules

    So, what can you fit on a 2x4 foot module anyway? Here are some ideas that have been sloshing around in my brain...

    Many of the modules at my club feature an industry. Buildings or other facilities with up to three sidings can usually be accomodated on a 2x4.

    **EDIT: The approximate size of a 2x4 foot module is 175 feet x 350 feet in HO, and 320'x640' in Nscale.

    - refinery
    - lumber dealer
    - coal dealer
    - passenger station
    - fuel depot/dealer
    - freight shed/depot/transfer co.
    - gravel or other bulk material dealer
    - junk yard

    There are many scenic possibilities too:

    - river crossing
    - tunnel (although you might consider this for a corner, or a pair of modules to make it longer)
    - grade (road) crossing
    - trestle over a dry river
    - waterfront/beach
    - winter scene (my favourite - I hope to build a sugar bush, complete with pails hanging on the trees... ;) )
    - water stop/water tower
    - your favourite local landmark - distinctive church, landform, resturant, school, playground, drive-in, etc, etc.

    For sets of 2 (or more!) modules:

    - bigger industry
    - small town
    - yard (I would suggest that the minimum you need is 2 4footers to make it workable)
    - industrial park with multiple industries

    Hope this gets you rolling!

  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Now for something completely different

    I think that many Gaugers will appreciate these suggestions, given some of the funny and unusual things we've seen here over the years:

    From "commercial" inspirations, how about:

    - Dog River (from Corner Gas)
    - The Possum Lake and Port Asbestos RR
    - Jurrasic Park/Lost World module, with free-roaming dinos:rolleyes: :D
    - Polar Express
    - Hogwarts
    - Thomas/Island of Sodor

    Other not-quite-conventional ideas:

    - One member of our club has created a flooded building site, complete with debris and equipment bobbing around in a water-filled foundation. The sign at the site says "Future Home of Bobbet Sponges"

    - A few "classic favourites" have to be the car crash, the house on fire, and possibly the alien landing scene.

    Got any others??

  3. LR&BRR

    LR&BRR Member

    how about the homer j simpson nuclear plant with three headed fish in the cooling pond and some over sized animals with extra limbs or the like
  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Good one Harry,

    And while we're at it - don't forget the Springfield Monorail with Leonard Nimoy! :) :D

  5. 77railer

    77railer Member

    Im wanting to do Old Faithful, if I can find the dry ice, and this morning it hit me to try a water park, bet the kids would love that one.
  6. babydot94513

    babydot94513 Member in training

    I have to go with the real stuff - cardboard recycler. Receives Hi-Cubes and tank cars and to scale works out great on a pair of modules overall 8 feet by 30 inches. I would attach a track plan of my module but have not figured out how to compress or convert it.
  7. Pete

    Pete Member

    The scenery would be easy for this one - flat with a few buildings :thumb:
    And you'd have to include the dog running away... ;)
  8. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    Here is a link to a quick overview of photos on The Gauge.

    If you need some help let me know.

    I would like to see your track plan - maybe post it in a new thread when you get it done...!

  9. 77railer

    77railer Member

    I was thinking about an S Gauge module that is an old western town and getting a 1/64 coach and horse team, hollowing out the bottom, sticking it on an n-scale loco and having a track run thru the town and around the back so the coach would arrive and leave town. Whatcha think?

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