I have been tending to some of the minor improvement tasks on my N-scale “Mountain View Railroad” layout since my first post in early August which you so kindly published on your blog.
I have finally received several shipments of trees which were back ordered for what seemed like an eternity and this has kept me somewhat busy planting them. I now have over 6oo trees on my tiny 4 by 7 foot layout.
I have also been a bit busy weathering some of my rolling stock. See pics below.
In addition I have been placing additional N-scale persons and vehicles around the layout. I still need lots more people around “Merchant’s Row” and the train station.
My layout is broken down into 4 basic areas:
The “FARM” area
The “RESIDENTIAL” area
The “INDUSTYRIAL” area
The “MERCHANTS ROW and TRAIN STATION” area
With my limited space of a small bedroom in my apartment, my work space as well as my storage space for my railroad “stuff” and tools was getting to be a bit of a mess. This necessitated purchasing some fabric with a steam locomotive motif print to hide the mess when I am not operating my trains.
My sisterI fabricated a “skirt” for the two sides of the layout that are not up against walls. There are two fabric panels which provide access to the stored “train stuff” and the engineer’s control panel which is mounted on a set of ball bearing slides designed for a computer keyboard allowing me to slide it beneath the layout platform when not in use.
Here’s a couple of pics showing the skirt and the layout in its current state.
Some stats of the layout are as follows:
Approximately 64 feet of Bachmann E-Z track with integrated ballast
6 each right hand #6 Bachmann remote E-Z track turn-outs
5 each left hand #6 Bachmann remote E-Z track turn-outs
7 each Bachmann E-Z track siding bumpers
67 Buildings and other structures
32 Steam and Diesel locomotives
170 Freight and passenger cars
106 automobiles and trucks
30 Street lights
Here’s a few of the weathered rolling stock (there are over 150 more to be weathered) *LOL*
Now that winter is on our doorstep I hope to get a bit more accomplished on my layout………Still lots to do, but it is getting down to the tedious chores that sometimes really tax my patience requiring me to take occasional breaks to maintain my sanity. *LOL*
Thanks for all your hints and tips. Without them I’d be lost. You certainly have done more than your share to support this great hobby. Keep riding the rails.
By the way, do you know of any firms that sell an N-scale powered hand car?
Now on to Dave:
I have just uploaded a new one showing and demonstrating the new Hornby magnetic couplings.
There are two types the Vacuum Pipe and Buckeye type, the vacuum type is the longer of the two, and to my mind is the best of the two.
They look so realistic and with having double magnets are so much more powerful and look the part, the video has gone down very well so far with a lot showing interest in these.
I have now ordered 2 more packs with 8 sets in a pack, they to me are the best of these types.
I did show some years ago from another manufacturer, but were no way as good a quality as these, you can see from the start of the video how powerful they are using a Deltic and 5 coaches without power being pulled with a truck with these fitted.
I also have included a bit of a running session and the smaller coupling fitted to a DMU.
A big thanks to Richard and Dave.
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.