Ken’s wonderful N scale

Bills been back in touch again, with his never ending railroad.

If you missed it, his first post is here.

“Some more pictures of the never ending railroad.

Bill D”

model railroad street

model railroad factory

model railroad bridge

model train street

model train

model railroad stream

“Hi Alistair,

I model in N Scale and after an absence of 25 or more years I have retired and have found space in our new home to get new construction underway.

To keep costs down and minimise the carpentry needed, I’ve used Ikea tables which are hollow core (like internal door construction) and foam topping.

Some – like in the main tunnel – is insulation (XPS) foam and the balance is just packing foam. Most of this was liberated from dumpsters at local shopping centres.

I also used Woodland Scenics inclines and risers to make it a bit smoother to get into the mountain and down the other side. All track is Kato. I picked up a lot of this on a visit to Japan in 2018. (A visit to the Kato shop and factory in Tokyo is a must see!)

mountainside model railroad

railroad bridge

Coming up for 6 months work now, and I have attached a few progress photos. Some of your kits are sprinkled around the mountain. Others can be seen in bridge abutments and retaining walls.

Lots more to do – so back to the grindstone. The printer is starting to run hot!

track planning

track planning

model railroad mountain side stream

mountains model railroad

making mountains model railroad

station terminal

mountain model railroad

Best reagrds,


A huge thanks to Bill and Ken.

Loved Ken’s mountains – it looks like he’s thoroughly enjoyed every minute of his layout. And that’s what it’s all about.

That’s all this time folks, but don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if it’s your time to shine.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here – still going strong.

21 Responses to Ken’s wonderful N scale

  1. Mike Iljenhons says:

    Detail after detail.. amazing amount of eye catching detail… The great feeling that you did something extraordinary… the scenes come to life with the people appropriate to the scene. Another terrific detail… some nice ideas to borrow from… Super layout…

    Mike, Florida

  2. NJ Mark says:

    To both fellows: beautiful scenery and great tips! Thanks for sharing. Cheers! NJ Mark

  3. Eric says:

    Bill, the beauty of a never ending railroad is that you never get bored, nice work.
    Ken looking good.
    Eric (Leeds) UK

  4. Robert Brady says:

    Ken; Love the 60’s town seen camera work give the realness of the era.Fishing reminds me of my trout fishing days.Great job.

    Bill; love your water scene and great station scene.Same coaches I use.
    Was very enjoyable this Sunday morning fellas,Thank you guys and especially Al for showing this.

  5. Robert Brady says:

    Bill; Love the 60’s town seen camera work give the realness of the era.Fishing reminds me of my trout fishing days.Great job.

    Ken l; love your water scene and great station scene.Same coaches I use.
    Was very enjoyable this Sunday morning fellas,Thank you guys and especially Al for showing this.
    PS I have to do a water fall!!!

  6. Malcolm Hodgson says:

    Superb work from both of you.

    Mal, North Wales

  7. Hemi says:

    taking a break is always nice at 25 years however I bet its like being new again and that said, you done VERY well making a “come back” NICE N Scale layout man!!!!

    Keep up the GREAT work! The newly built landscaping and scenery looks GREAT!!!!!

    Keep it coming guys! Best Regards, ~Hemi

  8. Ron Jahnig says:

    Fantastic layout.
    Might get me going on mine.
    Thank you for sharing.

  9. Chuck says:

    Being a garden rail roader, I am amazed @ what people can do with foam & paint! The work is marvelous.

  10. Chuck says:

    Very nice Ken, wonderful attention to detail… please include a track plan, even if it’s a hand drawn one, so we can understand what we’re looking at.

  11. Wm althaus says:

    Really enjoyed see both of your railroads. A lot of thought and effort went into each. Great results! Bill in Virginia

  12. William Swenberg says:

    Bill D. needs to decorate his post up to a foot or so.

  13. fred bessell says:

    your layout is awesome ken.I have to commend you .i know working in n scale can be challening.i madeasuit case layout in n scaleone year for my oldest grandson for christmas.he loved it.,and it came out great,but i do prefer to work in ho scale

  14. Appookta says:

    Bill – amazing! How about covering the round ceiling support with something that’ll fit into the scene? The bottom could be something that’s normally round, and, working up the pipe, paint it to blend in from every direction. I don’t know if there’s any railroad around it, i.e., if the table was built touching it, or if it’s in an open area, but, either way, maybe you can camouflage it so it’s less noticeable.

  15. Rick Hane says:

    Ken, looking good. I am a member of the KVEC model RR club in Sun City. I am also a fellow N’er. Can you tell me more about the Ikea tables? I usually use 80 X 36 hollow core door and then buy Styrofoam for the top. What is the sixe of the table and approx. cost?


  16. Anton Bruce says:

    Never ending? Well, isn’t that part of the fun? It’s never “finished”, ya know..

  17. James says:

    People everywhere in the first grouping of photos…nice and good to see! That important detail seems to be missing from many layouts posted here. I also think that the “magic carpet” soaring through the background sky would be a great conversation piece!

  18. Gopal Daga says:

    Excellent work. It gives beginners, chance to get going. Very simple, but interesting layout. Love it .
    All the best.

  19. Chris Sylvester says:

    Wow!!!! That’s a really great job on your layout !!!!! Great way to use your resources around you to save money.

  20. Brian Rockey says:

    Good work guys, both layouts looking good!
    Best to all!
    Brian, Wokingham, Berks

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