N scale DCC Bristol and Cheston Line

Yale’s been back in touch with his ‘finished’ N scale DCC layout.

“Schiffy here.

There have been a lot of updates to our N Scale Bristol and Cheston Line since my last post.

We underwent a name change. It is now Fairfield and Cheston.

With the completion of the Industrial Complex this phase of our railroad construction is pretty much done. That is if you can ever be done.

I’ve enclosed some photos which show the detailing that we started to add.

It is lot of work for arthritis hands but very satisfying.

We upgraded to DCC and added three DCC locomotives and two throttles in addition to the one that is on the DCC console. We used the jump ports and our old DC power pacs. My next goal is to have computer control of all train operations.

I am adding NMRI software along with some hardware so that we will be controlling our layout from our computer. In an earlier life I wrote computer programs.

I am looking forward to writing routines that will operate several routes including control of turnouts, signals and station stops.

For those folks thinking about this I will post my progress.

In the meanwhile hope you enjoy the enclosed photos.


N scale dcc

N DCC scale curves

N scale DCC industrial station

N scale DCC gas station

N scale DCC curves

A big thanks to sharing his N scale DCC layout.

His last post is here if you want to see the progress.

Now on to Wayne.

If you want to get up to speed on Wayne’s layot, here’s the story so far:

1. Wayne’s very first post on his HO layout 8×15 is here.
2. Wayne’s HO layout update
3. Wayne’s third HO layout update.
4. HO scale layout update number 4
5. Wayne’s 5th update on his HO layout 8×15
6. Wayne’s 6th HO scale update

Now for his latest:

“Well I think I have the hardest part done. I have the trusle done and in place. Not to shabby for a old guy with a broken arm. I really like seeing what other people do with their layouts.


HO scale bridge

HO scale trestle bridge

HO scale trestle bridge

HO scale trestle bridge

A big thanks to Wayne and Yale.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you grab the bull by the horns, just like Wayne did, 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.

21 Responses to N scale DCC Bristol and Cheston Line

  1. Matt Paladino says:

    stunning work!! Would like to see more info on the trestle constrction

  2. Robert Brady says:

    Totally agree with Matt, Would love to see how you came up with the construction and how you arrived at the different height requirements for the footers in the ground / rock..
    The Critic

  3. Al, what a fabulous way to view ones journey with their model layout. I had read each of the posts as they were published. Each was interesting, but just like random points. With this compilation, I can see Wayne’s journey from beginning to current status. And, kudos to Wayne for creating threads which, when shown together, create an amazing story of progress.

  4. Erick says:

    Looks pretty kool.!!!!! Would like to see more.

  5. TJK says:

    The trestle is fine craftsmanship for sure.

  6. richard Schnedorf says:

    Wow, what a layout.I am impressed. Outstanding job.

  7. seymourp says:

    Hi Al, greetings to Yale: I am intrigued by what looks like the track/trains going through the wall into a closet and back!! Is there a secret layout in the closet? SeymourP

  8. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Great looking layout, lets see the finished product

  9. Dave Karper says:

    Wayne, is a trusle a special type of trestle?

  10. Rich B. says:

    Really like the trestle also and the grey preservative vs coal or pine tar finish. Just one thing… looks like new ties and track were laid over an existing, redundancy with construction?? Fire water barrels very realistic but shouldn’t truss support planking be running with rails, not same crossing direction as rail ties? But who cares, anything goes- just caught my eye as something just doesn’t look quite right.

    Also appears trestles were made all identical in width and length. Cut down and angled to fit. Great idea, looks actual and not many do that which I’ve seen. And no, have never built the real or model version. My opinion only.

    Regards, Rich

  11. jerry orestre says:

    The layout is outstanding
    I especially like the last shot of industrial . Where did he find things. I have never seen towers like that here in the USA.

  12. James R. Connolly says:

    The only thing I must say is W O W beautifully done .

  13. Brian Olson says:

    Never had the ambition to build a trestle bridge but sure admire those who do!

  14. Jim AZ says:

    Your N scale layout is so highly detailed, it looks like HO. The street scenes and buildings look great as well as the countryside scenery. Nicely done.

    Jim AZ

  15. David Schaffner says:

    Love the tall buildings and such. Think I spotted some Plastic Ville, but not sure…
    e nice to know where you got some of this stuff?

  16. Jeff in Seattle says:

    Yale has a great looking layout. And Wayne, I love to see the progression along the way to completion. Nice work guys.

  17. Will in NM says:

    Yale, I salute your amazing progress! It’s hard to believe all that detail is in N-scale. Beautiful workmanship!

    For jerry orestre: The towers in Yale’s last photo appear to be a Walthers N-scale North Island Oil Refinery Kit. I just bought the HO scale version of it.

    Wayne, nice trestle! I like the way you built the supporting pink foam chasm that it crosses.

  18. william janmes palmer says:

    nicely done making a video of the terestle build ?

  19. Don says:

    the bridge was well made & the city so life like, great job

  20. Steve Ruple says:

    Nice job on your trestle Wayne.

  21. robert dale tiemann says:

    great job on the bridge.

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