James’ N gauge

“Hi Al,

This is my 2 mm (‘N’ Gauge) micro wagon repair shop layout.

It is based around the traditional inglenook track plan with magnets buried under the track for automatic uncoupling.

I built this layout when I was about 16 and had a free weekend. I found a short odd shaped piece of wood in the garage and thought ‘I can get a layout onto that’.

The whole project was ‘completed’ (we all know a model railway is never finished) in about 10 days with a few extra bits of detailing added, such as the spares on the pallets, as time went along.

The whole layout was built using a mix of heavily modified kits and pre-built buildings from Peco, Bachmann & Hornby with some scratch built items such as the shed ‘spot lights’, point levers, signs, wagon spares and general line side clutter.

Sadly the layout hasn’t been used for a while so when I put power to it I discovered that not all the lights were working. Namely the interior shed lights and one of the yard lamps in front of the shed, so the layout doesn’t look its best in these photos but I hope you get the idea.

I hope you (and your readers) enjoy viewing this layout


James C”

A wonderful N scale (I’d go blind making one like that). But it got me thinking. The smaller the layout, the easier they are to store and sell.

Have a look at this N scale on ebay. Makes me wonder how much Jame’s is worth! A lot I would say.

That’s all for this time, folks.

Please do keep ’em coming. Ebay cheat is here.



20 Responses to James’ N gauge

  1. good job.

  2. Hi James,
    How do you do it? A lot of N scale stuff is just too ‘chunky’ to look right but your fencing and lattice-work lamp posts are spot on. Let us into your secret?

    All the best, Don

  3. Nice job you have done there James

  4. Hi James, Wow it just shows what a bit of imagination can do, even a small layout can have a practical use, awsome work!!!

  5. Well James , once again words fail me . I wish,I wish!!
    in the mean time i,ll carry on with my “large ” N gauge layout , it measures
    3ft by2 ft. so by comparison to James its almost roomsized, never mind about the billiard table
    with all my best wishes and regards to you from Bernard

  6. Very good job. Gives me some ideas for my 2foot x 4foot layout. Thanks.

  7. Great job James.

  8. A good looking layout. If you make any expansions keep up the good work on the scenery like on the original it will look great.

  9. What a fantastic model

  10. Hi everyone,

    Thank you for your kind words.

    Don, All of the fencing is etched brass (that I picked up from Warley show) and the yard lamps are from Viessmann (product codes: 6532 & 6531).

    They are pretty good but are a little fragile so be careful when fitting them.


  11. I think you all hit it on the head.great job.

  12. looks good amazing what could be done with small scales.


  14. A very nice job done, like the detail for such a small layout

  15. Lovely job James. My signalbox overlooked a wagonworks for years, and I used to love watching the evening shunt. The beauty of a wagonworks is that each vehicle would get shunted several times, eg for inspection, then to the lift shop for a spring change, then to the air brake test road, then to the paint booth… great for getting extra shunting out of a small layout.
    Every now and then, as I sat in the window with a hot cup of tea, watching them work in the rain, one of the shunters would yell “Haven’t you got anything BETTER to do?” Errr, nope…

  16. Hi James. what a great idea you have and a great layout.
    we are ho scale but we accidently bought a wonderful train the royal blue but it is only n scale so we are going to incorporate it at the back of our layout. I would love to have a whole N scale layout but we need to finish this one first, Oh dear there lies the problem when does anyone ever finish a layout.

  17. very nice work, keep it up.,
    best regards

  18. James, that’s a wonderful 10 day project. Amazing how much detail can be compressed into an N scale layout. Any chance you might be considering expanding on this into a larger layout? I’m too much of a klutz to work that small (I’ve killed a ready made N layout, and failed at HOn3). Now I’ve chosen On30 for a couple dioramas, with the intention of turning them into a layout when my wife isn’t looking. Since I’m 66, I should actually finish by the time I’m 80. Oh, right, train layouts are never finished :)

  19. It is truly amazing what one can do in such a small scale. You have got to have talented fingers.
    Good for you and great work.

  20. Inspirational. Motivates me further to get back into modelling.

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