“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
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A huge thanks to John – 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 the Beginner’s Guide if you want to make that start you keep putting off.
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
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!
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
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.
A work of art. Thank you for sharing.
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..
Never saw so much in N gauge – amazed at the possibilities!
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
Really nice layout ,could you post a track plan.
Thanks for sharing
Nice. Some really neat scenes there. Love the older cars. Thanks for sharing.
Fantastic! Any chance of a track plan????
Great layout Al. Lots of unique scenery. Thanks for sharing. Paul Ohio USA
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
A great layout Al, some nice little details.
Wonderful scenes. Saw a 1956 Lincoln Continental, Mark IV, so someone has some money…ha ha
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
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.
Nice job in the creation of a N scale layout. It gives some ideas in making a Layout of my own.
Gosh that’s neat for N. Well done!
great job for sure
Awww, and I thought NScale was catching up to OScale in details!
Regardless of gauge, that’s an awesome layout. Great details! Many great details!!
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.
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
A correction to my comment on the Lincoln Continental, it is a Mark II, and you can buy one for about $67,000.
Great job, love to see a track plan cause I have the same space available for my next layout.
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
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 .
But 1954 and no caboose on that freight train?
I love the Hitchhiker scene – nice touch—
Great layout job & it’s yours too..
I see some cars, like the truscale 25 ton Brownhoist crane in the yard, that I have only seen in HO scale??
Is this HO or N???
This is truly a museum piece. Expertly done!!! Expressing personalities , way above my pay grade.
A lot of detail very well done. I see storyline written all over this whole day out. Each one of your little scenes has a great story behind it I’m sure. I can see there was many hours put into this layout. Again well done.
Great looking layout everything looks really nice. Good job on the scenery!
thats what i call dedication, track plan would be nice.and view higher up…. love it
I thought this was a great looking HO layout. I recognized several old structure kits and thought for sure it was HO. The fact it is N scale with the level of detail you have included is amazing! Thanks for sharing and I’d like to see the track plan too.