N scale switching layout

Ben’s been back in touch – he’s been having fun with his N scale switching layout:

“Hi Alastair,

Thanks again for earlier featuring my 6×12 N Scale layout set in Wyoming with locales based on the best-selling series of novels by author C.J. Box.

We retired to life on Lake Lanier GA in 2019 and was fascinated by the dense foliage in the state. I also began to see more and more articles about switching layouts.

When a family member was remodeling a home office I was offered a 2×4 table, which became the foundation of my switching layout.

My main goals and objects were:

1. Use as much spare track, buildings etc that I had lying around.

2. Experiment using photos incorporated in backdrops. Lots of photos!

3. Locale inspired by the real-life Jaemor Farms north of Gainesville GA.

4. Despite the 2×4 size, there are several scenes that give you an “Infinity and beyond” view including the farm itself, a “tunnel to nowhere” , a highway overpass and the Chattahoochee River.

Work began with experimenting track sections I had on hand. Ditto for the buildings which include the Jaemor Store, a local newspaper, finer and gas station along with an engine house. I “opened” the doors of the barn as one example then adding a picture of a barn interior from behind the doors.

Time setting is the fall, which makes for colorful scenery including the above referenced dense foliage so common to this part of the world.

The one departure from cost-saving was for the first time using DCC, starting with a Digitrax Power Supply and my first DCC engine. More will be added to the fleet. These early pics are DC engines used to test track and operating potential.

So far it’s been a lot of fun, a new learning experience and overall a model railroad “Science experiment”

We sure have a fun hobby and hope you can share my latest effort with your readers.

Gainesville GA”

N scale control panel

n scale bench and stool

n scale loco

n scale farm

n scale loading platform

n scale tunnel

n scale freight

n scale store

n scale model train car

model railroad river

model railroad river

model railroad farm

n scale sidings

n scale track

n scale river

n scale loco

n scale scenery

n scale freight train

n scale overhead view

n scale model railroad

n scale engine shed

n scale switching layout

n scale switching layout

n scale switching layout

A big thanks to Ben for sharing his N scale switching layout – a great way to have some fun and use up spare track.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming though. It’s so quiet I may even put feet up for a few days.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout just like Ben, the Beginner’s Guide is here.

Remember, it’s the start that stops most people. Don’t let that be you.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More N scale layouts here is that’s your thing.

13 Responses to N scale switching layout

  1. Glen says:

    Inspiring. As a kid my father and I built HO and S gauge layouts after he started me with an O27 gauge Lionel. Now I live in FL and just don’t have the room. A nice 2×4 N gauge layout might just do the trick.

  2. Jeff says:

    Well I must say for only being 2’x4’ you’ve packed a lot in and made many of your pictures look like the layout is much larger than it is. It looks great!

  3. Bill Butler says:

    I recommend you get that insulation covered. Soonest. That’s a dusty environment!

  4. Bill Butler says:

    Oh, and, the layout looks really nice. Good job!

  5. John Bullock says:

    Interesting track plan! And yes, you’ve packed a lot into that 2×4 space!

  6. Ken Nelson says:

    Interesting layout. Those pumpkins are HUGE! Reminds me of a line in the Christopher Guest movie “A Mighty Wind” when one viewing a model train layout says “I’d love to see it in the fall”. And here you have it!

  7. Andrew Aves says:

    Wow! A great mini layout and an inglenook puzzle multiplied many times.
    Andrew in Oz

  8. Chris Mitchell says:

    This has to be one of the best small layouts I have ever seen. Really nice. Keep having fun, Chris

  9. Mike Matejka says:

    well done!

  10. Lefty Groseclose says:

    That is awesome!!! May I visit? I’m over in Cumming, GA & getting ready to start something N Scale soon. Very impressed!!!

  11. -M says:

    Does the Great Pumpkin visit your patch in the fall?
    Nice layout. I love the details

  12. william james palmer says:


  13. Dave Karper says:

    Beautiful. Well packed, but not overloaded.

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