N gauge British railway modelling – Eric’s

Eric’s been back in touch with a spot of N gauge british railway modelling:

“Hi Alastair.

May I present my latest N gauge layout Wensdale New Town. (Specs at bottom)

Tore down my countryside layout around 5 months ago now and have been really busy. The track laying was done in around 1 month and working great so no worries there.

This time for my creation of my old (and favourite) layout of Wensdale, Here is where the messy hard work comes in, compared to the last time I now have two mainlines and two goods lines, now making 4 tracks instead of two. I have not used the helix as I have always in the past, just used ramps this time.

Well Wensdale was originally a quiet market type town but with having more tracks, I decided I needed to upgrade the town and surrounds to a more industrially orientated place. I have placed more emphasis on creating different backgrounds to set it in. To this point I have all areas of the layout more or less done with still a heck of a lot more to do.

Also this time I have been experimenting with making my own balsa station with canopy, it’s not great but it passes rather than going for a new kit (and a lot cheaper I may add as it uses a few old kit parts). This took a while to do as it has it’s ticket office with staff inside and of course wiring in lights and all the rest, but quite pleased with results, the dome is made using plastic trellising some black card and clear plastic, apart from one portal my first go with balsa.

My second attempt was a small bus station that after the practice with the main station has turned out pretty well, it is very loosely based on the Pontefract bus station which has a similar appearance although the real one has doors front and back, I haven’t the space (or spare kit bits) for that.

The original backgrounds are Peco with added factory and housing glued on and these are turning out better than I hoped when I started and fit well with the surrounds.

A major job was converting my housing stock from country stone to town brick, a lot of fiddly painting and then a lot of new kits these also needed painting to match, with my awkward fingers it took quite a while, but thankfully now finished.

Note to the right of the layout the Burtons clothing factory background. I grew up with Burtons huge factory at the bottom of the street, even now I live within a mile of the place so in a way I have included a part of my own life in this layout. (See notes below for more details).

I have finished all the roads and pavements/ sidewalks on the layout, and mentioning the roads, none of the roads are bought, but designed on my computer and rather than having very narrow 40 mm roads I have more town like 60 mm roads complete with yellow lines, bus stops, parking zones and zebra crossings, ok cost a bit in ink cartridges but made as needed so much more user friendly, ok the curves aren’t brilliant but hey I never said they were the real thing or perfect.

If anyone remembers my Newdale layout, on there I got quite a few compliments on the gardens at the cottages. Well this time I have extended these to make 9 allotments on spare ground. I buy the white plaster preformed tiles then instead of just painting them, I use scatter materials to bring them to life, of course this is also time consuming but it is worth it for the finished article.

Finally the lift out centre section over the hatch which has the station car parking space and bus station has been arranged.

The whole lot is DC operated and consists of over 150 lights (Yes they all work too). I am sure all modellers know how fiddly these are to wire up and the time it takes, two old controllers work the house lighting and another for the street lighting, this also means they can be fully regulated.

It actually surprises me how much is available online to help make a layout different and adds more realism when you dig deeper than the standard ware you get from the big suppliers. Look for the ones that do their own special items. That’s how I found the background extras, allotments etc, so get digging guys and gals and don’t forget Al’s page of card models.

Still tons to do but the basics are now in, lots of people, trees, shrubs and vehicles to go on yet but we’re coming along.

The video is a mix of running and showing off what has been done to date, I must admit it’s a bit jerky at times, lets put that down to old age J At the end it shows my main road along the back wall where the cinema is and the way I do all my wiring to removable boards on the layout of which there are many for easy access to tracks below.

One big plus is not one running problem during filming.

Now the things everyone likes to know.

The baseboards at their widest measure approximately 90” * 72” (229cm*158cm) they are built using Sundeala (Compressed newsprint) model board and work round a built in wardrobe with a solid wall, plus an access hatch. The track I use is Peco Setrack and their flexi track. All is DC operated.

One thing I will mention again is that I do not plan a new layout by planning ahead on paper but do it in my head allowing me to alter things to fit as I go along, so don’t ask for a track plan please. J

In 1921 Burton began to develop the Hudson Road factory in Leeds which gradually became the biggest clothing factory in the world, employing 10,000 on the site and producing over 30,000 suits a week. It was the biggest employer in the city. Hudson Road is the heart of the Montague Burton empire. He chose Leeds because it was the centre of Britain’s textile industry and so he had access to skilled tailors and machinists.

Happy N gauge British railway modelling

Eric (Leeds) UK”

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Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

A big thanks to Eric. Yes, the video is a bit wobbly, but I still enjoyed it. Loved the narrative too. Eric’s last post is here.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you poke boredom in the eye, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



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

28 Responses to N gauge British railway modelling – Eric’s

  1. Mal says:

    Just awesome!
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Frank Costello says:

    Amazing excellent work.

  3. andrew says:

    Fantastic, really impressed, enjoyed the tour, thank you very much for sharing

  4. John Kuchar says:

    Very impressive

  5. Ron McCauley says:

    Great, I enjoyed it with a cup of coffee this morning.

  6. Cary B says:

    Very nice layout Eric. I really like the streets/roads. The curves look fine to me. Please send Al details of your continued progress.

    Cary B USA

  7. Jack Bury says:

    Great layout. You have accomplished a lot in a short period of time. The roads look good. Did you use any particular program to design them?

  8. Victor A Unnone says:

    Wow! That was really an explanation of how it is done. I am inspired. started my creative juices. love it.

  9. Postie7 says:

    The roads I designed on Paint shop pro 8, purely as bought roads are always too narrow for the vehicles, ok for small country roads but main roads always give more width for the heavier traffic. It was a lot of fiddly work but it’s nice to be able to customise your roads, note the roads at the front are narrower for back streets.
    I did have fun doing the yellow box junction at the left hand traffic lights.
    Eric (Leeds) UK

  10. John B. says:

    Very cool set up!!!

  11. Jim says:

    Great work. N scale can allow so much modeling in a smaller space. You’ve done a superb job with it. And with so many lights. I would think the lighting would even better with a more darkened room. Hope to see more down the line.

    Jim AZ

  12. Lawrence says:

    It looks so real, well done

  13. Lynn Taubeneck says:

    A very nice layout. You retired guys have all the time and it really shows and please don’t tell me you are not retired. I will be ashamed at the pace my layout is going. Anyhow I am truly envious. And I really love the narration, it really adds depth to just watching the layout without any sound.

  14. Bob Horn says:

    I am in the planning stage of a layout. I have boxes of trains, not enough track yet, and boxes of buildings from Ebay. Speaking of roads as mentioned above, I have noticed that all roads have a dark area down the center from oil leaks from cars and trucks. They area also different colors of blacktop depending on the gravel size, the mix proportions of tar and the temperature it was layed down. Roads also have patches that are always a different color due to less wear. Blacktop roads are like a blanket. They will duplicate the surface they are layed down on. Concrete roads,on the other hand, are always super flat as the concrete is troweled to be very flat. Multiple resurfacing of blacktop roads causes a hump in the middle of the road as the blacktop is thick in the middle and is tapered out on the edges.
    I hope I can include all these observations in my layout as I progress. Thanks for reading.
    Bob Horn

  15. Mike Richardson says:

    Very impressed. Beautiful layout I enjoyed seeing a lot of your techniques on how you built things.

  16. Tony says:

    Most impressive

  17. david howarth says:

    Avery nice N scale layout you have built there ..plenty of lights …Dangerous dave

  18. MICHAEL GLASS says:

    Looooooove your layout, very realistic.

  19. Gerry in Alaska! says:

    I’m very impressed with what you’ve accomplished in such a short time (March 2017 to July 2017). Very, very nice…

  20. Robert Kent says:

    amazing and mind boggling to say the least. love to see a darker evening scene to highlight the lightning

  21. Bruce says:

    Kudos to you, Eric. Nicely done

  22. Tom Keller NJ, USA says:

    I was most impressed watching the video, very nicely done. Went back to narrative and suddenly realized it was all N scale! WOW!!! Keep up the great work.

  23. Bill Imperatore says:

    WOW Eric!!!…all that since March! It looks great!. Thanks for the post. My small (27″ x 48″) N scale layout was totally destroyed by an unexpected leak in the ceiling during a really heavy rainstorm while we were away on a trip. I’ve just started a 1″ x 12″ x 7′ shelf layout and could only wish I could do as great a job.

  24. Ian Mc Donald says:

    A very nice layout great work I agree great to watch with a coffee. thanks for sharing.nice to see trains running.

  25. Postie7 says:

    I would just like to say a big thank you for all the great comments, it is great encouragement and a boost to make the layout even better. I will be doing other videos including a night scene when I get more done as it is a long way from being at a point I could call finished, thank you all and Al for your support. This was the first time I had all the tracks working together, very happy with no derailments.
    Eric (Leeds) UK.

  26. tom in az says:

    Great work! One question, is everything in the UK really PINK?

  27. Don Bartletti says:

    Eric: Beautiful design and craftsmanship. Sorry to admit that “wobbly” video makes your piece a little to irritating; I stopped watching after less than a minute. Stabilize your camera on a tripod so we can more appreciate your talent. And next time dispatch more of your rolling stock around the wonderful layout.

  28. Kenno says:


    The devil is in the details………..you have hit it out of the park! Goodo, thanks so much for sharing your fantastic accomplishment!

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