L shaped N scale layout

Brian has been in touch with his L shaped N scale layout:

“So enjoy this hobby and all the submissions you get in my retirement years. It puts my mind to work everyday along with some artistic creations.

This is a spare bedroom layout that I’ve been working on rainy snowy days.

N scale is a delicate format but worth it in a situation like this.

L shaped N scale layout

L shaped N scale layout

L shaped N scale layout

L shaped N scale layout

Great inexpensive way to create everything from mountains to boulders. It’s rigid foam. It’s easy to carve and can be glued together easily. But best parts- not messy and very lightweight.

model train rocks

model train rocks

L shaped N scale layout:

model train rocks

Incidentally the boulders are weightless and the entire mountain range isn’t even a pound in weight.

Scraps are useful for tree bases

model railroad trees

This is the back of the mountains. Just a pieces of foam core cut into strips around 4”, 6” and 8” wide, glued on top of one another like steps and then with a little hand saw, trimmed the front edges to give a natural slope.

I painted this with brush cause it’s thicker paint and looks more natural in making it look like one piece. Total weight? Maybe a pound and most trees just punch through the surface and they self support.

Total investment in the entire thing? Less than $20.

back of model train layout

I used ideas from this book and combined some together to create my own L shaped N scale layout plan.

Which is another piece of advice I’d suggest. Plan ahead on graph paper. It’ll not not only help you engineer the whole layout, but give you a feeling for what it’s gonna look like.

L shaped N scale layout track plan

L shaped track plan

Reminds me of an old saying from working years. Better to be overprepared than overwhelmed.


A big thanks to Brian for sharing his L shaped N scale layout.

Brian’s layout really reminded me of Bruce’s:

N scsale L shaped layout.

That’s all for today folks, except one last thing.

Mike has asked a question on DCC power on the forum – can anyone help?

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

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

model train answers

4 Responses to L shaped N scale layout

  1. Brian Olson says:

    This is a good reminder that we all have different “spaces” to build our layouts. But as we see here, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Focus on the “Will” part and you’ll be fine!

  2. Bill in Virginia says:

    Seeing this layout makes me want to grab a Diet Coke and pull up a chair and just watch trains run. Nicely done!

  3. Steve Ruple says:

    Very nice layout, sit back and enjoy!!!!

  4. robert dale tiemann says:

    nice work.

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