N scale Western Maryland

Jeff’s been in touch with this wondferful narrative on his N scale Western Maryland themed layout:

“Enjoy the emails and posts about all the layouts around the world. Great for getting ideas for mine.

Took about two years but I think the N scale layout is complete. Are they ever finished? LOL

Since moving to Maryland in the late 80’s, I got to reading and really enjoyed the route of the Western Maryland Railroad. My N scale Western Maryland layout is based on them surviving all the NS and CSX merging’s and thriving.

I have pretty many different types of engines from steam to modern diesel. The majority I’ve painted and numbered to WM engines best possible. Switching from HO to N really puts a strain on the nerves and eyesight.

I started around the beginning of retirement a couple years ago.

Almost every building or scene has a story to tell that is near and dear to me. From Papa Frank’s Subs and Pizza (my first job) to the inflatable pig flying over the Western Maryland engine shops (Pink Floyd Animals is one of my favorites of all time), to the mobile home my grandparents had when I was growing up (Pop had a green VW).

Sandbox Crew Brewery, Marillion playing at the local club, a Tim Horton’s and even a Godzilla sighting.

Main industry is the Harley Davidson factory and dealership.

Jeff”

N scale Western Maryland

N scale Western Maryland

N scale crane

N scale loading factory

N scale Western Maryland

N scale freight

N scale corner with planes







N scale godzilla

road bridge

N scale factory

N scale factory

factory carpark

N scale sidings

coal hopper

N scale turntable

diesel engine



sidings

town scene

N scale turntable

turntable

A big thanks to Jeff! What a layout – and it’s great to see a pic of the entire layout too. Stunning stuff.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if you want to your start, on your very own layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.

Best

Al

PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS Got a question of your own? Try the forum.



37 Responses to N scale Western Maryland

  1. Peter Briggs says:

    Bewst ’round house’ and turntable I’ve ever seen

  2. Jeffrey Allen Olson says:

    Absolutely stunning one of the best I have ever seen. The detail is unreal

  3. Colin Edinburgh says:

    So much to look at. Great layout. Love the coaling area. Does it reach a point where one has so much choice of running gear and engines that it’s difficult to decide what train to assemble and run ?.

  4. Robert Brady says:

    I must admit this is one of the best N scale layouts I’ve seen. You have a lot going on. Not overly crowded and also active. Great job Jeff, Now show us some motion.
    The Critic

  5. Robert Brady says:

    You know what would be cool? A trash bin between the 10-7 club and Tim Hortons Restaurant. For some reason I was picturing that in the alley. and a racoon attempting to indulge, Lol..
    The Critic

  6. Cary B says:

    Throughly enjoyed all the pics of your layout Jeff. Incredible amount of scenery in n scale. The warbirds against the back drop is a great idea.
    Cary B New Market MD

  7. DJfromNJ says:

    Jeff, enjoy your superbly detailed layout. Thanks for the many pics!

  8. Jeff says:

    Love the addition of the planes and Godzilla is a nice touch. What are these layouts if not just some fun for ourselves. Looks great.

  9. Charles Eyster says:

    Stunning layout! I could never achieve that degree of detail in that scale! Kudos fellow modeler! I’m especially impressed with the streets and parking lot detail with faded white lines and all.

  10. Paul Case says:

    One of the best N layouts I ever saw.

  11. John says:

    God is in the details! You must be in Heaven! From Godzilla to Tim Hortons! Fantastic!

  12. Carl Flowers says:

    Wow! That’s inspiring!!

  13. Heath says:

    Great layout!! Good to see a Pink Floyd fan also 🙂

  14. George Zaky says:

    Jeff
    Beyond awesome. You are blessed with talent and superb craftsmanship. N scale yet!!
    George from LI, NY

  15. Mike Balog says:

    Beautifully Detailed and well though out N Scale Layout.. If you didn’t tell us it was N Scale, I would have thought it was HO Scale. Really Impressed with the Round House, Turntable and Storage Tracks servicing the large collection of locomotives. And you have super detailed it as well.. Really liked the downtown highly detailed business district.. the wide concrete sidewalks with the trees, people, vehicles, roof details were excellent. The Passenger Yard, with Platforms, is missing something.a station? The Old railroad bridge connecting that Country Road, could have more planking on it for vehicle traffic.. till then;
    put a “orange flashing light” at each end of the bridge for traffic safety.

  16. John W. says:

    Nice!
    Since I model Japanese Railroads, there’s always Gojira (Godzilla) somewhere on the layout.

  17. Erick says:

    Good workmanship, I hope mine turns out that way.

  18. Walt Walters says:

    I absolutely love the airplanes! Reminds me of when I was a kid and built my HO Scale I had ask sorts of 1/78 Scale planes suspended over my layout!
    Great memories!
    Thanks

  19. Kent Pool says:

    Impressive.

  20. Stan Connelly says:

    I like the rooftop sunbathers. Nice touch!

  21. Marklin ed says:

    I’m always impressed by the layout I see at this site, Thanks Alastair N scale looks like you mastered it. Knowing how small it is. Marvelous layout THANKS

    ed

  22. Al Thanks a lot for what you do, especially from one who cannot design,build, and
    run any S or HO any more due to nursing home restrictions. I enjoy every post
    you send. Regarding Jeff’s N layout. Besides being really slick, I’m amazed that
    there is that much available for N gauge. Like everyone else, I learn from your
    posts. My forte’ was DC power distribution. ….Built a fifty amp, eighteen volt
    supply to power a seven DC engine consist The rails got hot but did not melt
    the ties. Great fun for me. My BEST to all…RJ Waterville Ohio USA

  23. The Jade Fog says:

    Even a Tim Horton’s! Absolutely splendid!

  24. Ray C says:

    Unbelievable, fantastic, great detail. I’m rethinking the size of my layout based on your presentation.
    What is the size, it looks like 8′ X6′ ?

  25. Jim AZ says:

    Nicely done. Great detailing and the aircraft is a unique feature to your layout.

    Jim AZ

  26. Paul Varney says:

    Now you need to add Mortha flying over Godzilla!

  27. Matt says:

    The Western Maryland repaints look great!! I love the Godzilla. Where did you find the warbirds?

  28. Bill Butler says:

    Wow! No wonder your nerve are shot. Had to chuckle at the “Clinton Cigar Factory”. 🙂

  29. Bill Butler says:

    Oh, and it will take 2 or 5 more looks to really take it all in.

  30. Beautiful layout. I especially like the caboose motel. There is one such here in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The owners purchased 43 cabooses from the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, and from the Milwaukee Road, and a mile long abandoned track to place them on. Then they remodeled and refurbished them into cozy motel rooms. Now the original owners are retired and have sold off the cars as summer cottages. Great idea!
    Thanks from Joseph in Milwaukee.

  31. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Jeff…. Fantastic layout……. Great detail…… love the planes and backdrops. Landcaster, Pennsylvania, has a Red Caboose Motel, lots of fun.

    Don’t know how you did all that in N scale.

  32. Roger Ringnalda says:

    Jeff, I have built, studied, visited, read about and looked at pictures of layouts for over 70 years and I can honestly say, short of John Allen’s G&D RR, I have never seen a better job of details, planning, and weathering you models and layout than you have done and in N Scale besides. Kudos to you and Salute! Keep us informed and updated with any future additions, changes, and improvements (as if improvements looks possible!) you make please… you are a master modeler and craftsman!

  33. Totally Awesome,Grandads VW hit the spot!!

  34. Don L. Renner says:

    I’m very motivated to do more on my n scale. I have a long way to go now that I have seen what is possible. Thanks for the motivation.
    84Pop

  35. Andrew Aves says:

    Awesome layout Jeff – If it was gold it would be 22 carat
    Andrew in Oz

  36. Amazing detail.

  37. Jeff Kehrer says:

    Thanks all for the kind comments. I am humbled beyond words.

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