Al’s stunning N gauge 9 x 12 layout

Well, it had to happen sooner or later.

I got this one totally wrong.

The layout below was made by John, not Al, and it’s HO scale, not N.

Here’s what John sent in to put it right:

“Sorry I did not send the information correctly

The lay out is HO not N

my name is John, am 79 years old been working on this off and on for about ten years.

I am working on an N scale that folds out of a cabinet.

Thanks for the great comments.


It’s entirely my fault – not John’s. So apologies everyone.

If you thought it was a very detailed layout – now you know why…

And please don’t forget my silly sale closes tomorrow too.


And here’s the correct bit of John’s narrative:

“My layout takes up a 9 X 12 room

over head light is changed to track lights

there is enough room in the center for two people to stand

the main bed is 4′ 8 1/2″ off the floor

the reason being you are looking at the train from the side not the top

all electrical power is on one switch that way I leave nothing turned on

the base is Homasote much easer to work with then ply wood

frame is 1″X 4″s I weight 220 pounds and have been up on it

the ridge is wood frame with window screen covered with plaster

five different levels of track

a little change in elevation can make a big difference in looks

I try to give each person on my layout a personality what’s in their head

that way I can make their environment meet their needs


(All images are clickable)

N gauge

N scale

N gauge hitch hiker

N scale tunnel

N gauge shop

N gauge hills

N gauge bridge

N scale bridge

N scael town

N scale yard

N scale coal

Silly sale ending soon.

A huge thanks to Al – just loved this layout. And 5 different levels of track too. Wow.

That’s all for today folks. Keep ’em coming.

And please don’t forget there are just a couple of days left with the silly sale.



31 Responses to Al’s stunning N gauge 9 x 12 layout

  1. Ernie Stammers says:

    That is a fantastic N gauge layout, must have taken years of painstaking work what with the intricacies of scenery let alone the figures.
    I wish my eyes and sausage fingers could do that, alas I stick to my Lionel O scale layout. Take care and thanks for sharing

  2. Robert Brady says:

    Great layout very involved with detail! Will someone show us a modern layout to date ? Not one for oldies and I’m 69 years young. Bring on the SD’s and the dash 8-40cw’s,lets rock!

  3. NJ Mark says:

    When I’m done with my HO layout (I hope) I’d like to give N gauge a go. Thanks for the inspiration, great work. Cheers! NJ Mark

  4. Frank Cortese says:

    One of the best layouts I have seen. Love the details. Something to be proud of! Wish I had the space for such a layout like yours, not to mention the money. Thanks for sharing.
    Frank, near Mickey Mouse Orlando.

  5. Johnnie Davis says:

    A work of art. Thank you for sharing.

  6. all i can say is WOW!! great job, i am into 0 gauge but your layout is making me consider doing one in N, fantastic job and thanks for sharing..

  7. Appookta says:

    Never saw so much in N gauge – amazed at the possibilities!

  8. Impressive.

  9. steve joyce says:

    Great detail can really appreciate the work put into it. I am closing on my new house in a week. Plan already to remove a wall btwn 2 bedrooms ( i have 5) and finally do a dream layout. But I too am into more modern. Germany in late 70’s to 90’s. with a little side bar of the 40’s to run my Br52 wehrmacht loco. Been accumulating stuff for decades…Started in the late 70’s when I was assigned a tour of duty in Germany

  10. Charles Bartunek says:

    Really nice layout ,could you post a track plan.
    Thanks for sharing

  11. Jim says:

    Nice. Some really neat scenes there. Love the older cars. Thanks for sharing.

    Jim AZ

  12. Fantastic! Any chance of a track plan????

  13. paul vogel says:

    Great layout Al. Lots of unique scenery. Thanks for sharing. Paul Ohio USA

  14. Ralph Samples says:

    Fantastic! But I would really like to see a track plan (even a very rough hand drawing) in order to see how the trains change levels and get around the layout. Thanks.
    Ralph in Missouri, USA

  15. Brian Rockey says:

    A great layout Al, some nice little details.

  16. Minnesota Dan says:

    Wonderful scenes. Saw a 1956 Lincoln Continental, Mark IV, so someone has some money…ha ha

  17. tom in az says:

    Well i`ve been looking a great layouts on this site for several years, I must admit yours really stands out to me. It`s so basic clean and realistic. I wonder where you get the old looking items for this period? Old gas station parts etc. I have a N scale layout, I`m proud of and a HO still in progress. Just found a lot of older trucks and cars at a company called SYLVAN model kits all old and detailed. I`m keeping this post to look at your work again. Keep up the good work and send some more pic`s. Thanks Tom in Payson AZ

  18. Dug Sitowski says:

    Wonderful layout Al. I originally started out many moons ago with O-gauge Lionel then moved down to HO and am now modeling in N-gauge. Probably as you already know you get a lot more “railroad” and “bang-for-your-buck” in N-scale than with the other scales. Not only that but N-gauge is considerably less expensive and more affordable than the others which is a factor for those of us on a budget (like me). I look forward to further progress on your fine work.

  19. Tony says:

    Most impressive!.

  20. David Wibbels says:

    Nice job in the creation of a N scale layout. It gives some ideas in making a Layout of my own.

  21. Rod Mackay says:

    Gosh that’s neat for N. Well done!

  22. Merl Fisher says:

    great job for sure

  23. VictorKoyano says:

    Awww, and I thought NScale was catching up to OScale in details!

  24. Rob Shuman says:

    Regardless of gauge, that’s an awesome layout. Great details! Many great details!!

  25. Thomas Murphy says:

    I switched from “O” gauge to “HO” gauge in 1964. Since that time, I have never considered any other Model RR gauge. I believe that if you’re cramped for room then “N” or “Z” gauge (or a similar gauge) is the route that you should explore.
    I utilize my full basement for my “HO” layout, however if I need expansion, I build up another tier level to accommodate my recent idea. I find “HO” scale to be so realistic and comfortable to model for an old coot like me with failing eyesight.
    Whatever scale’s your choice, keep at it ~ it will keep our chosen hobby thriving.

  26. kathe kozlowski says:

    Beautiful layout and realism in the scene sets. All the posts have inspired my husband and I to finally start a layout after many years of collecting HO trains. Suspect our free lance look will cover many time periods! If it runs it will get a place on the layout. We built a “Rail House” , separate building, to begin our layout. We are taking inspiration from the 3 level look above. Great posts Al.
    Frank & Kathe, Florida

  27. Minnesota Dan says:

    A correction to my comment on the Lincoln Continental, it is a Mark II, and you can buy one for about $67,000.

    Minnesota Dan

  28. Paul Case says:

    Great job, love to see a track plan cause I have the same space available for my next layout.

  29. John McCoy says:

    I did not give that much for the Lincoln
    I will try to come up with a track plan
    I seldom plan ahead
    I just do it
    Thanks for the great comments
    I have to give some credit to a local shop that runs clinics for all aspects of the hobby.
    Tim’s Trains and Hobbies

  30. Ron Schultz says:

    I looked at it and said thats HO not N just figure it was a typo error Very nice layout . love the bear watching the trains .

  31. Will says:

    Great layout!!!
    But 1954 and no caboose on that freight train?

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