Atlas N scale

Ernie has been in touch with some Atlas N scale fun.

If you’ve ever thought “They don’t make ’em like they used to…” you’ll enjoy Ernie’s post.

It certainly made me smile:

“Left 3 trains orbiting for 2 days when I got distracted and forgot they were running……

No derailments!

Wife asked me how long I was letting them run when she noticed while doing the laundry.

Built 30 years ago and just recently brought back into service.

Scenery time!


atlas control panel

atlas n scale engine

atlas track bridge

atlas n scale track engines

atlas track locos

atlas n scale train bridge

atlas n scale sidings

A big thanks to Ernie for his Atlas N scale fun.

30 years old and still going strong!

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

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



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

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

13 Responses to Atlas N scale

  1. david howarth says:

    Great to be able to have so many larger type locos on a layout using N gauge ….nice stoick you have there Ernie …Dangerous Dave

  2. Mike in NC says:

    Congratulations on a really solid build as evidenced by the lack of derailment!!
    If I may, a question re the Atlas switch controllers… I get the series connection for power but where have you hidden the individual switch wires??

  3. Jean Francois Richard says:

    In response to Arnie,
    I am glad that nothing bad happened during these two days of leaving your trains running. One of my friends accidently left his old O trains running unattended for a couple of hours in his living room. It started a fire. It was quicky put out but damage was extensive. Clearly, your N Atlas trains were more reliable. Sincerely. Jean-Francois

  4. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Great looking layout!!! Agreed, nice to see those large engines in N scale need to finish your scenery great layout.

  5. Erick says:

    Pretty Kool.

  6. Steve Ernster says:

    To Mike and gang:
    Invisible wires on the turnout switches!
    Actually, the switches are not yet wired as you surmised. Put in a chunk of time to fix all the trouble spots to get smooth running but I was surprised they ran as long as they did without trouble.

    The rollling stock is 40 years of accumulation with plenty of used and close out stuff to build volume.

  7. Brian O'Donnell says:

    I sort of recognize the layout. Is it by chance an H.O. Atlas layout converted to N scale? I do believe that it is however I don’t remember which book it is in. Great layout though.

  8. Jim Carr says:

    I started the same atlas layout 40 years ago this is the 2nd time that I have seen this track layout. I have not left mine running that long but have had 4 hour runs with no problems. I am running DCC at present. It is a great 4 foot by 6 foot 6 inch layout

  9. robert muhme says:

    Brian, it appears to be the Atlas N scale Gulf Summit Lines and Susquehanna Valley RR. Very nicely done, ready for landscaping. My RR is from the same book of plans, but it’s the Scenic and Relaxed layout.

  10. Mr. Ron says:

    I tried N scale about 30 years ago and never ventured further because I thought they were unreliable running, but running for 2 days convinces me that is no longer the case. Now all I have to do is sell my over $1000 worth of Marklin HO; but then again at 87, I really don’t have the time or energy to start all over again.

  11. Steve Ernster says:

    Mr. Ron run what you got and and enjoy it!
    Mine sat for 3 decades and now that it’s out I’m having a ball with it.

    Human nature is always so restless. Once you can settle where you are at life gets better. Especially when you are late in the 4th quarter……

  12. Wow! Ernie has a great layout. I’m adding some new things to my HO set and will show you later.


  13. Richard Fritz says:

    great layout! can you tell me where i can get scratch built building kits for Marklin mini club (Z scale)? I bought a min-club starter kit back in ’82 while stationed in Germany. Haven’t had it out in years, but would like to start building a nice layout

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