Upper level (L1) of my N-scale layout
This is a quick presentation of my N-Scale layout. It is 3.2 meters long by 60cm wide (about bit more than 10 feet by 24″), on 2 main levels. It is divided in four easy-to-transport modules, numbered 1 to 4 below.
Here are the track plans:
Lower level (L0) of my N-scale layout
Due to different reasons, I am moving often within Europe. I had begun building a much more standard layout (basically the proportions of a 4/3 television screen), but realized that it would be harder to move…and above all not certified to fit in whichever apartment comes next.
So I opted for small modules, each 80×60 cm. To begin with, I decided to build 4 modules:
I am not a perfectionist, so I decided not to follow any official modular norms (there are many among clubs in France or Germany, that are described online).
I am not recreating any real place, nor am I looking for perfect realism. I tried, however, to have a nice looking cul-de-sac station. I have an old Arnold turntable, still working, but it will have to wait for future extensions.
Module 4 (on the far left) will be invisible (basically, a big mountain), although I am planning to add a small “secondary station” on the top, going up to a level 4.
What you see on level 0 is mostly invisible track, only the long straight section at the bottom is visible from module 3 to module 1 (a tunnel beginning before the curve).
Only enough to play with! Which for me was:
Though I like planning, I have already modified the lower level several times… the above layout plans are final. I used the excellent RailModeller (on Mac) to design them.
And that’s it for now!
Nice plan! Over time, the idea of automation of trains makes more sense to me. Its uncommon in america where we like to play ‘engineer’ mostly, but since all I really do is start the trains up to run their loops, automation might be more interesting!
Thanks! I’m doing what I can with the little room I have. Automation is a matter of taste, I’ll be discussing it in more details in the blog. That said, If I knew I had half your talent for scenery and buildings, I wouldn’t use automation and programming as an excuse to never reach those stages in the construction 😉
Jerry, time to automate your layout and be dispatcher instead of engineer : )
Pierre, you mentioned you had a older blog. Could you share the link?
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