N scale door layout

Nich’s been back in touch with his N scale door layout.

And if I’m not mistaken, his first post is here.

He’s onto his second, and here it is:

“Hi Al.

Not quite sure what to write so I give you some bare bones:

This is my second layout. I learnt a lot about track laying from the first.

DC layout as I was having problems remembering what was what in programming DCC on the last layout.

This time I used all peco track mainly flexi but set track for some curves and peco points.

Layout again N scale door layout with the underside cut away for easy access for wiring.

30mm kingspan PVA’ed to the baseboard.

All raised areas built from expanding foam and reshaped.

Gaugemaster controller built into the hill.

Handmade points switch panel fitted with cdu.

Points and controller fitted with independent transformers.

All layout covering ( ballasting, roads and grass) handmade from coloured sawdust.

Building second handoff eBay. Most altered to fit in with my layout.

Engine shed scratched built from card.

Lighting powered but flat batteries.

If you would like more details on a particular bit please ask. I will send the photos bu google photos. Feel free to use as you like

Kind wishes


start of n scale door layout

n scale door layout track and plaster

n scale door layout track and plaster

n scale door layout track

n scale door layout track and scenery

n scale door layout wiring underneath

n scale door layout adding scenery

n scale door layout adding turntable

n scale door layout turntable

n scale door layout buildings

n scale door layout overhead view

n scale door layout hill overhead view

n scale door layout engine shed

n scale door layout water scene

n scale door layout river

n scale door layout tracks by river

n scale door layout bridges

n scale door layout tunnels

model train tunnel

model railway overhead view

A huge thank you to Nich for sharing his N scale door layout from the very start.

Door layouts are popular size for an obvious reason – the ‘table’ is easy if you have an old door lying about.

It reminds me of Michael’s N scale on a door

Nich also had some wise words – his first layout was a learning curve, and that’s what it’s all about, getting started.

You can think as hard as you like, but unless you put some track down and get going, nothing happens.

Just get going and enjoy it.

I do love seeing a table or door covered in chaos and slowly morphing into a work of art. Loved his water scene too.

Hope you enjoyed today’s as much as me.

Please do keep ’em coming.

Here’s a load more N scale layouts if you’re after those.

Or perhaps you are undecided and over HO or N scale?

That’s all for today folks.

And if today is the day you stop dreaming and start doing, 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.

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29 Responses to N scale door layout

  1. Bill Baldwin says:

    Can coal cars actually make it up that very steep ascent? What’s the grade
    coming off that mainline point.

  2. paul says:

    Lovely job on the layout …what is the size of it ?? nice touch with the video clip it looks the part and shows a lot of work has gone into the finished project ….

  3. Gary says:

    Very nice, well done, especially the water

  4. Nice job you have done with this layout Nich ….plenty to see

  5. Steve says:

    Nice work, Nich. Good to see the development stages from the door (which answers Paul’s question about the layout size) to the video of trains running. The goods train could do with a brake van as I don’t think it’s a “fully fitted” one? πŸ™‚

  6. Nich Howitt says:

    The water is made up of loads of layers of PVA and varnish. Alternating coats until
    I was happy with the depth. Gradient of the upper track is about 35mm in 700mm. Coal wagons have no problem getting up. Glad you like it . Nich

  7. Robert Brady says:

    NICH , I’ll bet those poor passengers when coming out of that tunnel get one heck of a whiplash .Unless you have an inertia dampener. lol .
    Nice layout but slow the loco down to scale.
    The Critic

  8. Robert Brady says:

    To Paul; YO Paul the layout is the size of a closet door.
    You Asked.

  9. Rich B. says:

    Like this layout, leaving much up to imagination and how YOU want things. Not really how they actually are…and why not? Be nice if the wiring on most of these was done with electronics or electrical experience. Many could be fire hazards even if low voltage. Remember Gorre & Daphited (sp?), but that was supposed to of been a space heater that burned that one up. Wonder if home owners would cover something as that?; doubtful.

    Regards, Rich

  10. Cary B says:

    Very nice layout Nich, certainly lots of railroad action going on there πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜Ž

  11. Bill in Virginia says:

    Wonderful layout. Really nice work on your scenery. Definitely gives it a rural feel πŸ‘πŸΌ

  12. Anna Noe says:

    Great job!

  13. Erick says:

    Pretty Kool.!!!!

  14. Scott J says:

    Nice layout, especially the video showing running trains..something which I’d like to see more of from others. I’m building an N scale expansion of my old layout, and I use cork roadbed. I discovered just yesterday a quick way of doing the track and cork at once, using track nails only on the track! How? Just lay down the track and turnouts how you want them, tacking them in place with track nails pushed into the base so that you can come by afterward and lift up the track (the friction of the nails going through the sleepers will hold it there) so that you can slip the halves of cork on either side against the nails. Then all you do is use a #65 pin drill bit using a Dremel (I use the battery-powered Micro model) to drill a hole for the nail, then push it into the plywood base with a center punch, no hammer required. The track, once nailed down, holds the cork firmly in place. This way, any subsequent modifications are a cinch!

  15. Robert D. Bouskill says:

    If only I could go back fifty years and know what I know now. Very nice setup that fits a good space. I have HO and O scale and can’t even run my trains.

  16. Steve Joyce says:

    The turntable? only has one line leading into it. Are you going to add more track exits to it?

  17. John L Blotnick says:

    Nice structures. Especially the 3 bay coal tower (Shotterwerk J Steiner). Were these scratchbuilt?

  18. Jon in Virginia says:

    Would loves to see diagram or aerial photo showing the full track layout

  19. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Sharp looking layout!! Nice Job!!

  20. Steve B says:

    Steve J, regarding the single track turntable, plenty of examples of that – in the UK at least.

  21. Tim Kuhlmann says:

    That is a really great layout. Enjoyed the video. The scenery was great and the field of depth. Thanks for sharing

  22. Beautiful water, great layout.

  23. SHELDON. PHOENIX. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ says:

    Very well done. SLOW DOWN the trains. I love watching them run but only at SCALE speeds

  24. Brian Rockey says:

    Nice layout Nich. Scenery very good. And the whole thing on a budget – excellent. Well done!
    Friendly constructive comment – as Sheldon suggested – slow the trains down for the video which just makes it for better viewing.
    Best to all.
    Brian, Wokingham, UK

  25. Don says:

    nicely done

  26. Delmar Servoss says:

    good job

  27. robert dale tiemann says:

    a lot of work. worth it, nice job.

  28. Rob says:

    Nicely done. The layout is well thought out but I would recommend reworking the “S” curves coming out of the tunnel and leading to the bridges… Avoid S’s at all costs!

  29. Andrew Aves says:

    Magnificent Layout Nich. So many operating options.
    Andrew in Oz

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