Jim’s N scale modular layout

Jim’s been busy on his N scale module for his model railroad club:

“Alastair attached are photos of the 2 6foot modules that myself and another member of our model Railroad Club are building.

Still needs more detailing but we do have N Scale trains running.

Our club layout has always been HO so members of our club running N scale were not able to run our trains with these new modules we will be able to and club members can cross these modules with there trains on the upper level.

I have sent a total of 9 photos 3 on this email and 2 more with 3 each

Moose Jaw, SK. Canada”

N scale 6 foot club module

N scale 6 foot club module

N scale club module at night

N scale module at night

n scale module night scene

n scale module sidings

n scale town module

n scale town

n scale tunnel

Now on to Eytan:

“Hi Al,

I m a newcomer to that game, When I lived in London in the 60-70s, I bought from Hamleys a Fleishmann set.

For 30 years it was laying in an old suitcase.

Cov-19 made me do work at home and I found the suitcase…

I started reading on the internet everything about layouts and how to start.

Your site is my daily teacher and master.

I table is 330cm u shape and 150 deep (on both sides and 80 cm at the centre).

I used only wood from old pallets. I have started building 8×4 feet, but very soon realised that I would not be able to reach all points on the table.

Then I decided to change it to U shape.

not knowing/having a computer programme, I started with my own planning.

I m enclosing my layout without and scenery.

I m sending a few photos.

Many thanks indeed for all I have learned from you

Regards Eytan from Israel”

n scale track work

n scale track work

n scale track work

A huge thanks to Jim and Eytan.

I really do enjoy reading about how you all fell back into the hobby, and seeing the pics of your endevours make it even more special.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you pick the hobby back up, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

7 Responses to Jim’s N scale modular layout

  1. Darlene B. says:

    These photos are fabulous!! Thoroughly enjoyed looking at them and reading your message about them. Beautiful layout!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Don says:

    what has been created is amazing to me, it’s long-time dream but one that is out of reach for me at this time in my, life. but what you have done for someone else is amazing. beautiful work.

  3. Brian Olson says:

    Our model railroad club here in Georgia uses HO modules. While I model in N Scale it is fascinating to see how these modular layout come together, takes a lot of precision!

  4. Robert Brady says:

    Jim , I really like your layout, rural town mid-west ish .I only wish it was a HO scale
    The Critic

  5. Arthur J Romano says:

    I think the joy of club railroading is being given a task, a small part of the big picture to complete. I like making small layouts and filling them with a vignette, a part of daily life. Great looking modules, running must be fun.

  6. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Jim…. great looking layout……loved the night picture.

    Eytan…… that’s a lot of trackwork……. make sure all of that is working and no derailments before you start adding the scenery.

  7. Jim Carr says:

    Allister since this post was originally posted our Moose Jaw Thunder Creek model railroad club has attended 5 Model Train shows in Sask. And Alberta Canada. My section of the layout with sizes of 28 x 11in 3 shows and 52 x 11 in 2 shows. Of the shows the module in this post was in 4 of them 2 of these shows had best of show and our club won both of them the other 2 shows did not have a best of show contests.

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