Geoff’s layout

“Hi Alastair,

I have been enjoying your emails and content for quite some time. Many of the layouts and suggestions are excellent and inspiring in some cases.

I have taken the liberty of sending you four snaps of my N Scale 3′ by 4′ layout … I would love to receive feed back … this was my very first attempt to build a layout and n scale was the choice because of space limitations …

Thank you






“Hello Alastair, its been a while since my last message, but I have been busy building a high level continuous circuit above my South wales layout. I,ve also been on Hol to the Isle of Man.

The new track has several purposes, one to enable me to run-in new locos, to have something running when I’m working on the SW layout and not operating trains, and also, last year I bought an express passenger train set which would look silly on a small branch line. ( It was half price, too good to miss a bargain like that ) I can now run it with 6 or 7 coaches. Having said that, it cost me more to pay for all the timber & track.

But I enjoyed doing it. So I can run two trains while I solder, improve the branch line in some way or assemble a kit etc.

Hope this is of interest.






I think Geoff’s done an amazing job crowbarring all that detail in to such a small place.

That’s all this time. Please do keep them coming. And don’t forget the ebay cheat sheet. Latest one is here.



23 Responses to Geoff’s layout

  1. that “high line” around the walls above the layout is maybe what I need to do. I have some G trains that I never get to run as I dont have the space. My HO layout takes up the biggest part of the train room 15 X 30 feet and then theres the 8 X *8- O gage table with 3 loops on it . to many trains not enough space .

  2. Geoff thats a great little layout

  3. 1st layout? great work Geoff !

  4. Thats a great N gauge layout you have built Geoff in the space you have , and alan thats a good idea having that upper level for running in your Loco`s

  5. At 73 years old with a heart condition, I have to view my ‘first’ layout as my ‘last’ layout. Geoff’s results of his ‘first’ layout encourage me to press on, knowing a ‘first’ layout can be a fine layout.

  6. Hi Alan — like the idea of a upper shelf layout that is above and independent from the lower layout. As you said, it allows for some independent activity for continuous running. Like having 2 separate layouts in a condensed space.


  7. Great detail on your layout Geoff – Be good to see it again when you finish the upper level.

  8. Hey Geoff — very nice work for a first layout attempt. You certainly made the most use of limited space. Good luck with it. I can see an underlying itch you have for detailing. I suspect that with time and opportunity you will be considering doing another layout.


  9. You sure know how to use a shoe horn to get all the bang for your bucks! Excellent for a first attempt! Congratulations on your realistic and enviable layout in such a small space.

  10. Geoff. I have an N gauge model railway and I am amazed what you have done. Congratulations on a fine layout. It would be good to see a track plan for your layout and where you have put buildings etc.

  11. I really like it… I want to build one similar for a coffee table…. Could I get a blueprint of the layout? I like how busy it is…

  12. You did a lot on a small surface thank God for N scale
    or else a lot of talented people would not be able to showcase their
    wonderful skills
    thank you Mr. lee for helping the world see these great layouts

  13. Little space, small scale, large success! Well done Geoff.
    Alan, I too like the concept of running track above the main railroad. It looks great.
    Thanks for sharing ideas. Your work. Thanks Al fro bringing them to us.



  14. nice layout very condensed these days space is a big factor.i like the idea of the track above the layout and just running trains.

  15. Hi Geoff

    I would love to see your track plan and your grades. It is always great to pack such a lot into a small space. I am currently working on a three times around in N for my grandson on a 2 by 4 layout and have had to make a few compromises. I would like to see how you handled it with the extra foot of width.


  16. Great job on such a small space. 3; by 4′ is a nice size. You sure did a lot with it.

  17. Looks nice… but I’d put some ballast down… keep up the good work

  18. Love the detail in such a small place. You must lots of patience to place it all. One suggestion if I may. When I click on the photos to open them, they are a tad grainy. A higher resolution would be great. I would like to know how you wired it! Are the switch tracks remote controlled or manual? How many trains can you run at once? Is this DCS? Would love to do something along this line (N-scale) on a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood. That is my max allowed space!!!!

  19. A very nice layout, amazing what cna be done with N scale.

  20. Geoff, great stuff. Wait till the next one!!!!, now you have the bug. I found that while working on a layout in the back of my mind what I might try next time. The beauty of this hobby (obsession) is that a layout is never really finished. all the best mate..Jon (Australia)

  21. An excellent layout especially as a first attempt. Your detailing is remarkable, you certainly have a keen eye.


  23. Very nice layout with lots of detail.

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