N scale 3×5 layout update – Tom’s

Tom’s been in touch again with his N scale 3×5 layout. Have a look at what he’s been busy doing.

(His last post is here.)

“N scale 3×5 feet layout.

What I have been working on this past year is bring my plan to life.

Using woodland water I built the rapids and the water fall area.

All my building are card stock and I am presently looking to replace them because I believe I can do a better job framing them.

The other thing I learned is the size of the curves. Being a first timer – I wish I would have used curve track vice bending my own. The reason I would like a greater curve is be because the largest steam engine I can use is the 4-6-0 .

This layout is a light weight all form layout.


(All images are clickable.)

n scale sidings

n scale 3x5 mountain scene

n scale 3x5 cliff face

n scale town

n scale loco

n scale 3x5 forrest scene

n scale river

n scale house

n scale truck

n scale 3x5 sidings

“Here’s another trick I learned for window glazing many years ago.

Go to your nearest store that sells Science KIts,…..ask them if the sell Microscope Glass Slides. The glass is easy to work with…..cut to shape with simple draw of a single side razor blade.

I use them for bldg windows, engine cab and passenger car (esp effective, since you can cover numerous openings based on the scale ie. (O HO or S).

God bless & Happy Modeling!


A big thanks to Tom and RJ.

As you all know, I’m a sucker for a layout update – I do love seeing how they change and morph. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it.

That’s all for today folks, but please don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide. Course I’m biased, but if you want to stop dreaming and start doing, it’s an easy first step.



Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. More HO stuff than usual at the mo.

14 Responses to N scale 3×5 layout update – Tom’s

  1. Rod Mackay says:

    Lovely job! It’s no great penalty needing to use smaller locos, the big ones like 4-8-4s or whatever may go round slightly larger curves, but they look really silly doing so, with the smoke box hung way out to the side and the cab hardly meeting up with the tender front. Smaller engines not only look better on curves, they make the layout seem a lot bigger.

  2. Peter Evangel says:

    This layout is proof positive that even in a small space, you can have a really great layout! Job well done.

    Pete in Silicon Valley

  3. Max Snow says:

    I really like your layout. I have just built a 27’ by 6.5 ‘ table. I am o gauge. I am looking for ideas.

  4. Eric Rayner says:

    Very nice Tom and love the scenery especially the waterfall, looks natural.
    RJ plastic sheet for windows try a stationary store that sell clear binding covers ideal for all glazing.
    Eric (Leeds) UK.

  5. Ray says:

    Loved your layout design, especially the terrain design and construct. You have a gifted eye and talent for modeling.

  6. Warren Ferguson says:

    Great job, on your layout, Tom! All in a 3×5 foot area, too. I really like the rapids, I just wonder if the substructure of the cabin is sturdy enough to keep it from tumbling into the river when the party really starts rocking and rolling?

  7. Robert Brady says:

    me likey
    Great job, on your layout, Tom! . I really like the rapids, I just wonder if the substructure of the cabin is sturdy.

  8. Joe Wright says:

    Thank you for posting, great work

  9. dave says:

    says who needs a lot of space for a great fun layout !! Hey get a Shay loco they love a tight turn I don’t know if they are out there in N scale never seen one .

  10. Mr. Tom
    You have a beautiful layout and the waterfall is great.
    Art from Tampa Bay FL Area

  11. Ian McDonald says:

    great layout pictures. waterfall very impressive. thanks for sharing.

  12. David Wibbels says:

    I enjoyed the scenery treatment in the photos. good job with a difficult scale project. David of NW Georgia.

  13. Gary A. Jezierski says:

    Tom I really like your farm scene. Can you tell me where the backdrop came from? It’s exactly what I need for my farm. Thanks and keep up the great work!


  14. Ralph Jacobson says:

    Where can I see a full track plan for this 3 by 5 beauty.
    I am a True armchair modeler, never having built a permanent RR.
    A loop under a Christmas tree doesn’t count.
    My 50+ daughter rebuilds her layout about every 6 weeks.
    I collect locomotives, especially unusual styles like geese and geared types.
    My collection emphasizes On30 but ranges from T-gauge to G-gauge

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