N scale folded dogbone

Got this in from Alan – he’s busy with a N scale folded dogbone.

Have a look and leave a comment below!

“Dear Alastair i am not a big train modeller but every 5 or 6 years i seam to get the bug, so at Christmas I decided to start a fresh project hope you find it of some interest.



N scale folded dogbone

N scale folded dogbone track plan

N scale folded dogbone incline

N scale folded dogbone

N scale folded dogbone tunnel structure

N scale folded dogbone plater tunnel

N scale folded dogbone sidings

N scale folded dogbone layout buildings

N scale folded dogbone turntable

model railway tunnel

model railway corner backdrop

n scale folded dogbone

N scale folded dogbone feight

N scale level crossing

diesel loco

model railway locomotives

model railway sidings freight

A superb layout – a big thank you to Alan for sending in his N scale folding dogbone layout.

I think it’s a really popular shape / track plan because you get a lot of running options and plenty of space for scenery.

But perhaps the main reason is access – it’s easy to reach everything on the layout. It sounds such a small point, but as we all learn, access is everything…

Some folk have all the space in the world, and it’s still a good track plan to use – like Dick’s G scale dogbone.

Just goes to show, a little planning can go a long way. Will’s benchwork for his folded dogone springs to mind.

And of course, there’s the name. Just makes me smile.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget, the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to stop dreaming and start doing.



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8 Responses to N scale folded dogbone

  1. Pete says:

    Alan, great layout. One question, do you have access to the tracks inside the tunnel since the “mountains” back up to the corner walls.

  2. Roger Ringnalda says:

    Alan, I love your track plan for a relatively small space; lots of operating opportunities for lots of trains! I too wondered about accessibility since you seem to be tucked into the corners of your room, br sure you can reach all areas of track for future problems and/or development. Great start to what looks like a great layout. Please keep us posted on your development.
    Roger Ringnalda

  3. Terry Miller says:

    I’ve been asking this question for several months and haven’t recieved an answer for anyone:
    Who is the maker of the large bridge seen in part in pictures 6 & 7 and where was it purchased? I’ve seen other model RR using a similar bridge and it makes me jealous. LOL
    Help anyone?
    Terry/Idaho USA

  4. Steve says:

    Terry, if you mean the suspension bridge seen in some of the pics here (and also featured in Dangerous Dave’s famous layouts) it’s a Hornby model, ref R8008. Looks impressive, and I have on myself purely because I always wanted one as a kid but couldn’t afford one on my pocket money. Mind you, suspension bridges are rarely used on real railways I think?

  5. Paul Schofield says:

    Impressive! How did you handle the return loops?

  6. george zaky says:

    I’ll say it again-You N scale guys are something else. That layout scheme has all that you would want and I like it. You said ” I am not a big train modeller ” so you’re a small train modeller-😁.
    I would really love to know how things are running.
    The only comment I have is I think the slope in the first pic is too much and its under the mountain you built. If its the down slope all the time then you got away with it.
    Keep us updated please.
    Big Al
    Ha en fin dag

  7. Brian Messenger says:

    Very nice layout. I agree with George about the slope. With the sudden drop after the bridge (especially going into the tunnel) there is a very good chance of the Loco and rolling stock uncoupling at that point. Otherwise love the scenery on your layout.
    Brian – the HOn3 guy from Knysna RSA🇿🇦

  8. Rob Schweitzer says:

    Many years ago, let say 50, I had a N scale layout and loved all the running options. Age has moved me to HO (actually HOm) and it’s definitely harder to get the same look and feel in that scale. One solution was to live in the US Midwest with basements and convincing my wife she didn’t need any of that lower level space. Alan, you chose the exact track plan for you space, a lesson we all need to learn. P.S. my wire fox terrier, Chaucer, says he always prefers the dogbone style layouts.
    Rob Schweitzer
    St. Goar & Murren Scenic Railway
    Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

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