“I am 78 been playing with trains for about 75 of those years the lay out I have now started about 15 years or so ago
The HO is my main inters two main building are plastic two are wood kits the rest is scratch built
The N gage is housed in a cabinet the idea would be great for an office or small apartment
If you are interested in more pictures I can take as many as you like
John’s cabinet railroad reminds me of Steve’s layout – he built around his sofa in his living room.
“It’s too cold to do much with my South Wales layout in the garage, even tho it’s insulated and heated.
I’m actually in the process of changing the back scene to give it a makeover, but have not operated it since before Christmas.
I have re- vamped the shunting puzzle I built 18mths ago, it’s been standing on edge for over a year. I bought a DCC diesel to use on it and created a factory back scene. I’ve also put some ground cover to make it more realistic and I can operate it at my desk indoors, in the warm.
The points are operated by brass rods above the baseboard but hidden under a plinth with a Nissan hut on top. A second hut hides the DCC control box. The 3 uncouplers are operated by coffee stirrers which are pivoted to push the ramps up.
I’ve had great fun using it and it’s good for keeping my old brain ticking
The DCC sound makes it more interesting too.
Hope you like it
Far Nissan hut has power cable visible. Outlet other Side to bus bar”
(All images are clickable by the way).
A huge thanks to John and Alan. Alan got me thinking, I’ve only ever published two shunting puzzles, this one and Cameron’s.
That’s all this time folks. Please do keep ’em coming.
And whether it’s shunting or scenery that’s your thing, don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here.
PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Updated every day!
I would love to see more N site trains. I have a 1952 Flyer, and it runs great.
Nice concepts. I like these.
Could I just point out that it’s a Nissen hut (with an E) and not in any way connected with a certain Japanese automotive company, it was the invention of a Major Nissen of the RE around the time of WW1.
I love the cabinet layout. But my eyes limit me to HO scale, unfortunately. Thanks for the great photos!! Cheers! NJ Mark
Ciao: A beautiful cabinet and simple enjoyment at a fraction of the coast of a large layout. Lou , MD
Wow I love the cabinet n scale layout!
John that is absolutely ingenious now every time I go to the Sheraton I’ll be wanting to buy their cabinet. I would love to see more pictures of the N scale sincerely Frank Snyder
I tried a cabinet layout once…but the trains kept falling off the track when I put it away.
Nice! What are the dimensions of the cabinet, and of the actual fold-down panel that the layout is built on? Did you build the cabinet or purchase it commercially?
I say again–NICE!
Nissan hut? I don’t think so, thats a Quonset hut named after Quonset Point Rhode
Island where they were built during W.W.2. My aunt & uncle lived in one while they
built their house in Ashland Massachusetts in the early 50’s
Nice shunting layout , YOu could make one using an ironing board.
great photos. the wardrobe concept looks great.
Nice! Thank You for sharing
Nice layouts by both John and Alan,
A layout in a cupboard is a great idea. I haven’t seen one done like that before. Ingenious.
Ålans shunting puzzle is a very nice piece of modelling.
Great posts guys.
Just think what you could do with a Modern Murphy Bed.
Love the idea of the ironing board, may try that for my next layout, or why not now?
Wow John! You certainly have my admiration and appreciation for your superb work. It’s folks like you who keep us “old geezers” interested in model railroading. Thank you so much!
Regards, Tom (age 71) USA
Very nice John! Have not seen a good cabinet layout in many years and I see you have not given up on an age old tradition. By the way, beautiful cabinetry work! Did you build yourself? Keep up the great work!
wow the ‘layout inna cabinett’ is priceless
now THERE’S a guy who knows how to build a model railroad Pike…!!
much detail and ‘not just a flat board train’ layout….
I’ve got one comin’ for ya all to see soon……
keep em runnin fellas
stjohn in long beach calif…
Ingenious layout in a creative package.
Those definitely are “Quonset huts”. The Navy Seabees invented those during WW2 to make up for a shortage of housing. They were lightweight but strong, easy to carry materials to a job site, and, did not require any internal bracing. They were loosely based on the design of the Native American longhouses. The actual base for the Seabees is at Davisville, Rhode Island which is adjacent to the now closed Quonset Point Naval Air Station. I was stationed there during the late 60’s when it was still operating. By the way, there was one railroad track heading into the area that just before it entered the gates, it had a turnout with one track heading into the naval air station going past a HUGE fuel storage depot and the other going into the Seabee facility. I could go on with more of the history of those huts but……
Norm Lawrence in York, PA
Great inspiration for one who now is ready to begin a build! The cabinet idea is perfect and solves the question for me of how to build and where to place it.
So, after following Al for several years now with the compilation a multitude of ideas and tips along the way I no longer have an excuse not to begin! Hopefully in the near future I can post a photo or two of a “Blue Comet” based N-scale layout housed nicely in a cabinet. Keep inspiring we retired little boys!
PJM, Lakewood, NJ (former site of a gorgeous station for the majestic ol Blue Comet)
You have nice stuff