6×3 N scale – James’s

We starting with Jim today, who has been busy on his 6×3 N scale:

“Hi Alistair,

I’m so grateful for what you do and for all the other modelers who post their pictures and great ideas.

Here’s some of my progress on my n scale model.

Below are some pictures that I don’t think will need describing to your readers—almost all of them will have done similar steps in similar ways.

6x3 N scale mine factory

6x3 N scale town scene

6x3 N scale laying track

6x3 N scale town scene

6x3 N scale bridge

N scale 6x3 church and bridge

I built the hills with crumpled paper and plaster mesh — I like doing it that way.

N scale 6x3 making tunnel

N scale 6x3 making tunnel

My layout is about 74 X 41 inches.

Don’t ask why the measurements are so odd—that’s just the way it turned out!


A big thanks to Jim for sharing his 6×3 N scale – I do love seeing a layout emerge from the chaos.

Now on to Barry with another N scale, but totally different:

“Hi Al,

Thought you might be interested in my modelling skills, I started on my latest layout after my Daughter left us to go and live in Australia.

I already had layout 6×2 in a small room upstairs so I moved into her room which was some 18’ longer and decided to add to it.

So I bought two 6×3 boards and started to build.

The layout of old was called Meadow Falls and is a small end of line station and surrounding countryside.

I decide to join it to the larger layout I was building so that it would run to a small station at the other end of the layout with a small station and turntable, the scale for both being N scale.

Then I when on to my main board which I am still working on but have at present got Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in my Right hand so it is making the job very difficult

The Mill is based on the one in Battlesbridge, Essex but the remainder of the layout is form my imagination and with the help of input from my Daughters, hence the riding stables.

I still have a lot of work to do as the far end at the left has scenery and a stone etc to build. But until I have had and operation on my wrist it will all have to wait a while.

I run mainly Graham Farish and Dapol on a DCC unit by GaugeMaster on the extension , but Meadow Falls is DC. The track and points are all Kato.

Hope you have enjoyed my pics if the want to see more please contact me.

Keep up the good work it really helps us to get so enthusiasm to continue with our work.

Yours Sincerely


A big thanks to Barry.

And what are the chances – two 6×3 N scales coming along at the same time.

They remind me of Geoff’s N scale.

Here’s a pic and link of Geoff’s:

N scale

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming because it’s awfully quiet this end.

In fact, if you have anything to share, now would be a great time. Just mail me.

And if today is the day you hit the fun button and get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



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PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

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11 Responses to 6×3 N scale – James’s

  1. Brian Olson says:

    Another great example of working with the space you have. Some very nice small scenes that tell a big story.

  2. Erick says:

    Awesome layout. I hope mine turns out that good.

  3. MARKLIN ED says:

    Boy only one comment to day. So I will add one great layouts, look at this site and are amazed at the wonderful work done by the contributions to this site. MANY THANKS AGAIN AL.

  4. Dave says:

    I like your layout; it is very realistic. In particular,I like the track layout, the mountain and retaining wall. Very nice. =

  5. George Zaky says:

    Jim, Barry & Geoff
    You N guys never cease to amaze me. Amazing layouts and so tiny. Awesome.
    “There is simply nothing more worthwhile than messing with trains.”

  6. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Great looking layout,

  7. Rich B. says:

    The ready ballasted track was premium years back. Today’s first showing is so well executed, the track itself detracts from a lot of these layouts now. Same with the couplers but opposite now with the horn/hooks of yesteryear.

    Another centerpiece coal mine, these always put any size layout over the top in my opinion. And the things that can be fabricated around them. I.E.- polluted waterways, towns and shanty’s, finding gold, coal grime & dirt/dust, even separate small RR with mining cars. Mountains as good as any with right coloring/hues, some modelers can just do it and others never will get it…


  8. Brian Olson says:

    6×3 a ton of space in N Scale. Very nice work.

  9. Rob McCrain says:

    Great layout, you have chosen an excellent track plan. Your track laying is very good. The scenery is varied and interesting. I also like the way the background scenes blend in with the foreground. Well done, Rob

  10. robert dale tiemann says:

    very nice use of space.

  11. John P Verrengia says:

    I’m an N guy myself…very well done, just enough detail.

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