I have now completed the main part of my N gauge layout of Newdale and produced a video of the scenery and running session which I hope you enjoy. Approx 4 months to this point from bare boards but delighted with the results so far.
With keeping sidings to a minimum all within reach at the front of the layout I have just plain track running all under the scenery meaning smooth running right round the layout. I run it all on DC.
The lighting is on two unused controllers so the lights can be dimmed or brightened to suit. After spending 33 years in electrical retailing I enjoy wiring all the lighting up, I realise a lot find the lighting side horrifying but I group the various voltage lights together into a 12 volt string and I’m sure many others would find this method simplifies the wiring chore, of course you must make sure the polarity is correct for each group before connecting. If grouped by a total of 12 voltage lights it saves having loads of various voltage adaptors cluttering your sockets. This also means that house and street lights can be linked into 12 volt segments.
This layout is my favourite to date as I managed to get all the elements I wanted, multi level running with station, three bridge sections and many tunnel mouths, believe me even after building it I have trouble working out which tunnel the train will emerge from this makes it fun.
This layout uses the most track I have ever used even though simplified.
I have said in the past I love building the tracks but disliked doing the scenery. Well in the past I always used plaster and plaster cloth for hills and cliffs, now using 1/4 and 1/2 inch furniture foam it has made the job a lot less messy, I admit the cliffs may be a bit amatuerish but it is my first attempt using it. The good point is it is easy to add more foam with contact glue to continue the flow.
As with all my layouts the boards can be lifted for easy access, especially the one under the centre hatch and with just a wiring plug/ socket connector linking the boards means pull it apart and then lift the board.
There are still a lot of bits to do but it’s getting there, I hope you enjoy.
“My best model railroading tip, I’d have to say it’s not a technique nor a construction idea. It’s more subtle than that. My tip is to appreciate the PURE ENJOYMENT OF MODEL RAILROADING no matter the scale. Whether it’s G gauge, O, HO, N, Z or any I’ve missed, model railroading gives those engaged in it the pleasure and satisfaction of planning, creating, constructing and running a railroad that is our own unique self-expression. Whether we model the serenity of the British country side, the soot and grit of Pennsylvania coal mines and steel mills, or the rugged grandeur of mountain railroads in our Western States – our imaginations can recreate almost any place in the world where we find railroads.
So let your imaginations take you to your favorite place and enjoy creating the model railroad of your dreams. Sure there are challenges but solving them is part of the hobby. So appreciate the fact that Model Railroading gives us a gift – PURE ENJOYMENT.
A quick tip for you. Save the cedar liner that comes in cigar tubes. It is beautifully thin and is excellent for siding over card stock or plastic and very terrific for cedar shingles. A chopper works well with this stuff.
A big thanks to Eric. Hope you enjoyed his vid as much as I did – hard to believe that layout is inside a wardrobe!
And even after 4 years of blogging I still love to read your tips and techniques. Please do keep ’em coming.
That’s all this time. Don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you’ve got the itch to get of the side lines and get busy.
PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Still going strong.