“Hi Al –
Thanks for sharing your regular stories & photos.
Here’s a photo series on my N-scale layout, built on a hollow core door.
It’s now in it’s third location as we’ve moved through the years. My main modeling interest is HO and Lionel O, but the ability to work in a tight space with smooth running equipment makes this N gauge system a different experience.
Because of the hollow core door, I was able to “pop up” the town in the center and also include a waterway, without elaborate scenery construction.
The setting is a typical Missouri small town on the Missouri Pacific Railroad. My first train ride was when I was about five, on the “Missouri River Eagle.” Growing up in St Louis, the MoPac was a constant presence, along with the other lines that intersected there.
Their original cerulean blue and gray paint scheme was very eye catching.
My Dad and I used to take a four block walk on summer evenings just to watch the “Texas Eagle” pass through our neighborhood, beginning its long journey southward.
I remember Alco PA locomotives hauling a long consist of coaches, sleepers and a diner.
A small crowd would gather in the evening, just to watch this majestic train pass.
The locomotives are LifeLike, the passenger cars ConCar and an assortment of Kadee and Atlas freight cars.
thanks for sharing
Normal IL USA”
Thanks for the emails.
I am not new to n scale model railroading, my father introduced n scale to Australia in 1962 and modelled European until 1975 when I moved from O scale to N Scale and together we built an extensive layout used for exhibitions over last 40 years.
I model Canadian Prototype the post-war years to modern-day around the Great Lakes.
Dad modelled Nth America NYC/B&O along with his own label T&S (Tiers & Stramish) – this allowed him to freelance with anything and Sister joined us in Mid 1980’s modelling Soo Line & B&O & Chessie System.
Dad passed away at Easter and have been going it alone ever since having inherited his entire collection including layout rolling stock books etc. I am involved in LaTrobe Model Railway Club in Gippsland Victoria and also Warragul Train Shed and Drouin Men’s Shed where there are 00 British Layouts.
I am currently building my home layout from scratch incorporating parts of the exhibition layout that have survived. The layout is based on Modrail which was developed by Dad and a Retired Royal Engineer Gordon Duncan for N scale and HO Scale.
My tip is for Ballast use builders sand (Don’t ever use Beach Sand due to salt content) dry it out in the oven on a baking tray when the wife is not looking. The higher the heat the darker the ballast will be. You can then apply as Woodlands Scenics method and its a lot cheaper particularly if you have a large area to ballast. You can also colour the sand using powdered paints.
My second tip is to collect silver birch branches and twigs they make good timber loads for flat cars and work well if you are (pouring a resin) river/lake/waterway and want to have some logs floating or submerged in it.
A big thanks to Don and Mike.
I thought Mike’s pics were fab – so much packed in to a small space without looking cramped.
That’s all for today folks – but please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if today is the day you start your model railway journey.