Dennis’ layout

“Hi Alastair,

My tip is to use sanded tile grout for ballast you can get black grout and grey grout and mix them to the color you want grout comes in many colors.

If the grout is too fine mix some sand in with, it if you do add sand you will have to glue it down without the sand all the grout needs is water.Haven’t tried this but N scale you could mix sanded grout (floor grout) with non sanded grout (wall grout). I’m in the states and grout is cheap sanded grout comes in 25lb bags wall grout In smaller bags . So you should have plenty off grout left for friends


“Started this with one idea in mind – mining and lumber mill – then added a reverse track for a little pusher car to go in and out of the mine, then added the first raised track, then the second, then another reverse track going from the mine drop-off to the processing shed, and on and on. 5 trains running on one piece of plywood!


“A dear friend of mine passed away at only 62 years young. He was a Navy Vietnam Vet, a representative for JR/Horizon Hobbies, and judged at the FAI flying level for many years. Paul Giles was an avid hobbyist. He won many awards for things he built. His favorite was building sophisticated scale boats and helicopters. Paul was an excellent builder, a perfectionist, and loved buying the best and latest gadgets. If you were ever at the AMA Heli Nationals, IRCHA, or the Toledo Show you might know him – he was a great guy!

In saying that, I’m helping his wife sell his awesome hobby stuff which consists of several helis, boats, cars, trains, and collections of everything unique. I will present it the best I can here on ebay.

The ebay page is here.



That’s all folks – please do keep ’em coming. If you’ve got a layout – half built or beautifully finished – we’d all love to see it.

Just email me and I’ll do the rest. Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.



10 Responses to Dennis’ layout

  1. Nice lots of details. Should run at scale speed, this is not very realistic.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. “D” May your friend REST IN PEACE. & thank his wife for him serving. God bless all the service people

  3. This is one of the more fascinating layouts you have presented. Thanks,

  4. Dennis, I have never seen a layout like yours, I like it.

    God Bless your friend and his wife. I am also 62 and a Navy Vet from that time, 1969-73.

  5. lovely track keep on building

  6. Nice layout you have built there Dennis


  8. Great layout well done Dennis.
    On the subject of logging I am building an American n gauge layout part of which includes a sawmill. This is my first attempt so am a bit naive where to scource certain items. Can anyone help re scourcing lumberjacks/ logging equipment and anything related etc

  9. I love Bush tramways.

    Some model ideas some lines use converted Trucks and tractors as motive power. They remove the road wheels and replace them with rail wheels.

    Other lines use locos they purchased second hand from railway companies.

  10. Thanks for the available information and images. Bob!

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