Evolution of a N Gauge - 3' x 5' Layout for the absolute beginner
Advanced Plan for the not so absolute beginner
Utilizing a hollow core door to the full
As this project has progressed over the last few months, it became clear that the original layout lacked a few features that I, and a few others, would like to see in an operations orientated layout. It also became clearer that one of the major stumbling blocks for the beginner was constructing the bench work.
This version of the Tutorial Layout (or A&PA Railroad as it is often referred to) overcomes the bench work issue by utilizing a standard Hollow Core Interior Door. Most people can locate one, locally, for a reasonable price, and a set of folding table legs will complete your basic foundation. The layer of foam is then laminated to the tabletop, as a basis for your layout. Doors come in various sizes, and this plan is designed for a door of 80" x 32". If you can’t find a door of that size, use a larger, not smaller, one. The extra area will enhance the scenery.
The extra length allows us to include two additional features, which greatly enhance both the operations and the scenic treatment of our layout.
The heavy black line down the center of the plan is a scenic divider; it could be a double-sided backdrop or a row of tall structures. Either way it separates the two scenes and brakes up the basic oval shape. The transition is hidden, by forests on the harbor side, and by the overpass on the yard side of the divider.
This version of the plan would be ideally suited to DCC, so I have made no attempts yet to provide electrical blocks. I may do so in the future, however, as an example of using a combination of local and mainline cabs.
I hope that this version of the plan will interest those who have been looking for something a bit more advanced than the original. It is still suitable for beginners, in that it involves no grades, and can be built in manageable sections as time and funds allow. If you would like to build this layout, then go ahead, but please keep us updated of your progress at firstname.lastname@example.org (Refer to the Index Page for subscription information).
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