4×8 N scale layout

Tom’s been in touch again with his 4×8 N scale layout.

If you missed his last post, it’s here.

“I greatly appreciate the comments from your readers. Several had asked for the track plan. The Blue (DL&W), Red (PRR) and Green (RDG) are the three main railroad lines. There are two crossovers to be observed.

Mountains provide the cover for much of the ‘behind the scenes’ activity. The Orange sections are activated to run continuously over the three lines. The Yellow sections are sidings and a spur. The Purple section is a reversing line.

I have much wiring to make permanent to include a control box that must be disconnected when raising the layout to the ceiling.

Thank you for a great blog venue. Please know you have a positive fan base.

4x8 n scale layout

4×8 N scale layout track plan

The photo below shows the 4′ X 8′ paper that I used to start the layout planning…before it was gridded for transfer to the plywood sheet underneath.

Much of the trackage shown on the left is hidden/covered by mountains running the 8′ length of the layout.

4×8 N scale layout track plan on bench

This photo shows the sheer cliff face, a segment of the old canal and between the train and rocks is the narrow road that existed. All lot of detail in a limited space. The Susquehanna River and town of Catawissa is to the left.

vintage stream train

This shows the Walthers cement plant that replaced a small engine shed near the train wreck.

Thank you.


Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

A big thanks to Tom for sharing his 4×8 N scale layout.

That’s all for today folks.

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 N scale layouts here if that’s your thing.

8 Responses to 4×8 N scale layout

  1. david loree says:

    it would be nice to see the video of toms layout, without interference from other stuff.

  2. Rod Mackay says:

    Smashing idea, it’s lovely to see a good effort to represent such a fascinating bit of railroad history in quite a tight space, well done.

  3. Tommy says:

    Wow! Just fantastic, please do bring back more. All of us can’t get enough of your planning and application.
    Waiting in Maryland.

  4. Thomas Murphy says:

    Once again Tom presented a fascinating idea of a model railroad creation.

  5. Bill Holt says:

    Nice lay out, good job ! To bad the video was only 8 seconds long though.

  6. Paul Selwyn Otway says:

    I like your plan

  7. Ian Mc Donald says:

    nice condensed layout. track layout plan easy to understand. good to see a train running. very interesting old photo. thanks for sharing.

  8. fred day says:

    it is absolutely amazing what can be done in n scale. keep it coming

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