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Large scale N-scale layout

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Large scale N-scale layout
Posted by Curt on Sunday, April 21, 2013 3:16 PM

Looking for a plan for a large N-scale layout to make on 3 or 4 thirty six inch doors to possibly go like in a L-shape pattern. I guess it would be kinda of a bigger style shelf layout. Does anyone know any resource for layouts?

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Posted by DSchmitt on Sunday, April 21, 2013 5:20 PM

If you subscribe to the magazine, you  have access to the track plan database.  Don't limit your search to N scale layouts. Layouts in other scales can be adapted or at least provide inspiration.

Also, if you find a  for instance HO layout that is too big or your space, that you like,  don't be tempted to build it at 1/2 of the HO size.  2/3 or 3/4 is much better. A N layout built to the HO size, with appropriately modified track spacing and perhaps some additions (ie additional yard tracks, and industries) can often result in a spectacular N scale layout.

I tried to sell my two cents worth, but no one would give me a plug nickel for it.

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Posted by Paulus Jas on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 2:53 AM
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Posted by cowman on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 7:04 AM

If you can't get to both long sides of a 36" door, it may be very difficult to reach all the way to the back side.  A 30" reach is the furthest recommended and it may be less depending on your height and the height of your layout.  If you do have a section where you can not get to both sides, you could use a narrower door.

Good luck,

Richard

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Posted by Curt on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 9:22 AM

Paul.

Would love to see those plans you talked about on the 4 HCD's if you still have them. Thanks.

Curt

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Posted by Paulus Jas on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 10:06 AM

hi Curt,

I uploaded the plans in my previous entry.  They are  visible to me in my posting. However if you're not a subscriber or member you might be unable to view the drawings and pictures. I thought only replying was not possible.

If some-one has a clue how the above is possible, please explain.

Smile
Paul

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Posted by Curt on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 10:33 AM

I am signed into this site and I am a subscriber to Model Railroader so I will keep working on it.  Otherwise could you send them to an email. coachvbb@hotmail,com if that would work. Thanks.

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Posted by matthewd5 on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 10:52 PM
What I'm building is a rectangle with either a duck under or a removable bridge

I just like the idea of a full circle mainline vs the dog leg endings on all the three sided plans

Matthew
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Posted by zstripe on Thursday, April 25, 2013 3:58 AM

That's strange,why he can't view the pics,, unless His,firewall, or whatever, is blocking them, thinking they are ''spam''.....

Cheers,

Frank

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Posted by "JaBear" on Thursday, April 25, 2013 5:31 AM

zstripe

That's strange,why he can't view the pics,, unless His,firewall, or whatever, is blocking them, thinking they are ''spam''.....

Cheers,

Frank

I unfortunately have the same problem not being able to view forum members stuff on "Intergate", has to be at my end but am not computer savvy enough to fix the problem.Sigh

Cheers, the Bear.

"One difference between pessimists and optimists is that while pessimists are more often right, optimists have far more fun."

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Posted by tgindy on Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:31 AM

Here are two N Scale references to review (many times) in your planning...

[1]  Dave Vollmer's N Scale Juniata Division is a "model layout" of what can be done on 2 HCDs in N Scale model railroading.  Of special note:  How Dave Vollmer has most effectively used scenery as viewblocks for so many vignette-scenes on each HCD.  Example:  See how the Enola Yard prototype at its highway overpass just northwest upriver from Harrisburg has been incorporated into "the newer" HCD.

[2]  Spookshow's Model Railroading is "quite frank" in assessing -- What works, and what does not work in N Scale model railroading -- Start at the Blogs for the layout insights.

Conemaugh Road & Traction circa 1956

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