Union Pacific N scale – Dean’s

Dean’s been back in touch- he’a nearly finished and now running his Union Pacific engines around his layout.

“Al, greetings from Dean in New Mexico!

This is the last description and video in my 8-part series discussing my construction of the N-Scale Scenic Ridge layout (kit from Woodland Scenics).

The series is aimed at a beginner model railroader, but there are a lot of hints for those with more experience.

In this session, I will discuss the final scenery, laying ballast, installing tunnel portals, finishing the landscape, and finishing rock outcroppings.

The layout is finally operational and probably 90% complete, but as Al has said, it’s never completely finished.

Here’s what I need to add or redue:

1) add more bushes and trees thoughout the layout

2) touchup ballast, white spots

3) rebuild back bridges (torn out to make the roads)

4) final installation of buildings and install lights (I’ll make a short video on this)

5) install a stream and lake (I’ll make a short video on this, also)


It’s wonderful to see a layout from start to ‘finish’ – Dean looks like he’s having fun with those Union Pacific engines.

Here’s Dean’s previous post with links to his others too.

It just goes to show, it’s all about making that start.

But Dean’s closing line got me thinking – what would you do to ‘finish’ Dean’s layout?

It’s the finishing touches that can really make the difference.

Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

Now on to Lenny.

He sent in this after Dave’s caravan post:

“Hi Al,

Lenny from Pittsburgh, PA

That’s awesome. Since we bought a travel trailer (caravan) last year, I had to include a park in my layout.

There’s even a stream for fishing and a track for racing RC cars and trucks.


caravan park model railroad

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if you want to start your model train layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

8 Responses to Union Pacific N scale – Dean’s

  1. Nice update on your layout Dean ..looking a lot better and very realistic

  2. Paul Case says:

    Dean you have to check on some bumps at the road crossing. I noticed that some of the couplers almost come completely disengaged. Nice landscaping by the way!

  3. Erick says:

    Wow.!!!!!! Would like to see more.

  4. Terry Miller says:

    While the whole thing looks great, one final thing may be to take a closer look at the tracks which cross the at-grade streets. From the video it appears that the engines and cars hit some type of bump in the center of the street and while they don’t derail, it seems a bit off. (2:29, 22:27 etc).
    It’s no big thing but a small quick project to consider.


  5. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Sharp looking layout Dean. nice job

  6. Tom Cook says:

    Love high hood locos, awesome

  7. Joe Graffi says:

    Back when N scale became readily accessible, I built a 5′ x 3′ layout. It was NOT the same quality as is available today but I had a lot of fun with it and learned a lot about building layouts.
    Now, 50 years later, I’m glad I chose to go with HO as dexterity and eyesight have diminished to a degree.
    Sometimes, I have issues doing 1/48 WWII models which is really close to O gauge.
    I know there is no way I could do N.
    But I really like what you have done!

  8. Andrew Aves says:

    Hi Dean,
    Thank you for all your tips and guidance. You have made a lovely layout. I was puzzled and commented on one of your earlier posts as to the reason you did not complete the scenery under the bridges at the time of installation since doing so at a later date causes difficulty or the need to dismantle and reconstruct.
    Best wishes
    Andrew in Oz

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