N scale winter layout

Dave’s been in touch with his N scale winter layout:

“Good day Al,

My name is Dave and I read and review your daily emails with much enthusiasm.

It’s refreshing to see how creative some modelers can be as well and the ideas they spark in my own mind. With that said I thought I’d share my recent creation in N scale.

I call the attached two pictures my “Winter Scene”of a winter scene. The brighter one is with a flash, the other is without.

The details of the scene are made up of one continuous N scale track on a 40″ wide by 30″ deep foam board layout.

The mountains and hills are all hand made and painted by yours truly.

The incline is as near to 2% as I could keep it. The houses are actually Christmas Tree ornaments with battery operated lights, the street lights, pine trees and cars are N scale off the shelf items all purchased on Amazon.

My intention was to create a portable layout that could be moved into the family room during the holiday and this takes up a small footprint yet provides an appreciable level of detail.

I still have to add more trees, some decorated for Christmas, more snow and figures such as ice skaters on the pond (a small mirror), kids having a snow ball fight in the park and some wild animals among the trees.

You might note the locomotive is not actually a locomotive but a German steam car. Unfortunately, the steam locomotive that matches the passenger cars is unable to pull all three up the inclines so I’ve had to find one that could.

I will eventually replace it with a vintage Arnold 0-8-8-0 steam locomotive.

Lastly, in the one picture (i.e. #2) you will notice there is a portion of an HO layout in the background. It’s also a representation of the area around CASS Scenic Railroad in Cass, WV.

I run various locomotives on it to exercise and test them, but primarily I run the old 80 Ton three truck Shays that are actually used at Cass. They are exact replicas and one has the Cass logo and number of old #4 that had a head-on collision many years ago.

If you are interested in seeing more of either one or should anyone have any questions regarding the layout just let me know.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do your postings.



N scale winter layout

N scale winter layout

Now on to Cassio.

He keeps sending me pics and videos with no narrative or anything.

Normally I discard these, but I think in this case, it’s a language barrier.

Also there is a real charm about his stuff:

“Hello Al, and thanks very much for a daily dose!

Not much to add, other than an interesting photo of 1942 CNW engine house in Chicago – one of my favorite photos

Best regards


“Dear Al,

I have seen several ways to add white lines to roads, the simplest and cheapest that I have found is to cut thin strips of paper and glue to the roadbed. Photos attached.

Best wishes

Queensland Australia”

A big thanks to Dave for sharing his N scale winter layout. And to Andrew, Dave and Cassio.

Keep ’em coming.

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



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

9 Responses to N scale winter layout

  1. Robert Brady says:

    Cassio,love your yard scenes backdrop kind of out dated. Oh, ur Articulated Auto Rack Car Carrier 7 x 50 = $350.00, Not to mention the coal cars. Must be nice.
    Over all nice layout.
    The Critic

  2. Greg Schaefer says:

    I love the winter scene Dave. One year, a looong time ago, I built a small Christmas layout. 18 by 36 inches, folded dog bone that ran over and under to the North pole and back. All icy and white and shiny. (I put glitter in plaster)Tiny little 4 wheeled engine (Arnold I think)and colorful cars. It’s nice to see a change in model scenery once in a while. Thanks Dave.

  3. Richard Kellerman says:

    Striping tape for an auto works fine also

  4. Dave says:

    Great n scale I’ve been to Cass many times have done the overnight caboose trips to both Whitaker logging camp twice and top of bald knob 3 times that was when they pushed the caboose up along with the daily trains then brought you back down the next day they now leave the caboose up there 3/4 the fun was riding it up and back once it snowed overnight on bald knob really hard it had the coal fired stove we stayed warm quite a fun trip !

  5. Ken G says:

    I love it! What a great idea to make it portable so you can bring it out for the holidays. And your HO layout in the background looks great too. I love either a fall or winter scene becuase it it just adds so much interest. Thanks for the look!

  6. Bob From Towson says:

    AL, language barrier is right onn about Casio…Hes in Brazil I believe…

  7. Rocco Maley says:

    Hi Dave, This is Rocco from New Jersey. The “N” scale layout is great, but I model in “HO” and would rally like to see more of your “HO” layout. Can you please post some more photos of that layout? Also can you post the size and Maximum Radius of your layout. It looks fabulous. Great job. Rocco

  8. Frank Vazquez says:

    I love to see small layouts that utilize scenery to create the illusion that the track is not one connected loop. Not everyone has the option or money for a large layout, so small with good track plans and design give people hope that they can build something even in limited space.

    I would have liked another view of the larger layout to see how you laid the track on that one.

  9. Small layouts have there advantages ….a lot can be shown in a small area ..and then easier to look after …Dangerous Dave

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