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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 14:30:00 AST.)

N SCALE: Central & Eastern Railroad (A beginner's layout)

Back in March of 2018, I was asked by a member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts group to help design a minimalist layout with a beginner in mind. The design was to be done in N-scale, and had to fit a 11.5" x 36" space (the size of a 1x12-inch plank) and be based on an Inglenook design. The layout would be set in the American Southwest and the scenery would include mesa-like hill in the back left of the scene, a lead track laid on a curve, and a minimal of structures.

The layout was to include one large warehouse, and also include a spot for pellet unloading on the track closest the backdrop. The middle track would include a spot using a portable auger for unloading bulk materials. The front track would include a small storage shed for unloading material to a railroad supplies yard, and would also serve a team track ramp. Inside the curving lead track, the layout would include a small downtown area that would include a small gas station, and a few other small downtown core structures.

The track plan:

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Overall views of the layout:

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3D screen captures from the layout:

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TAGS: Design Feature: 2 - Turnout Layout, Design Feature: Beginner Layout, Theme: End of Line Station, Design Feature: Inglenook, Layout Size: Micro Layouts, Design Feature: No Run-Around Track, Theme: Single Station / Town, Theme: Switching Operations, USA (Regions): Southwest


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