N-scale layout ideas for a 100x39in ?

rva1945 Jun 11, 2021

  1. rva1945

    rva1945 TrainBoard Member

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    Hi

    I'd like it to include some rocky desert scenery, and a freight yard. Locos would be diesel.

    I'd appreciate any ideas, suggestions.

    Thanks,
    Robert
     
  2. Sumner

    Sumner TrainBoard Member

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    Best 'red rock' country I've seen....

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDe1syufmwe59mIZuD5tatg/videos

    Eugen is in Switzerland but has the southern California desert nailed...

    https://www.trainboard.com/highball/index.php?threads/bnsf-dieselshop.128765/

    There is another great desert on that I think is on here but can't find the link but here is a link that might help....

    https://www.trains.com/mrr/videos-p...ke-route-part-5-easy-to-build-desert-scenery/

    .... and a google search ( HERE ).

    Sumner
     
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  3. rva1945

    rva1945 TrainBoard Member

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    Many thanks!!
     
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  5. BigJake

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    At 39" deep, you will need good access to both sides. Is there room to do so?

    You'd have ample depth to support a scenic divider, similar to the Salt Lake Route layout in the Model Railroading article referenced above.

    That layout could be a good starting point for a layout of your dimensions. It illustrates how a non-linear divider can make best use of both sides of the layout. But if you like switching a freight yard, you'll probably want more industries for which to switch cars. On the other hand, if you want a yard mostly as a display for your freight car collection, it won't matter!

    The Salt Lake Route is also a good example using Unitrack, if that is your preference.
     

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