The N Gauge group on Facebook are running a challenge (click for link) to build a microlayout in four months. Maximum size of the scenic and off stage areas being two square feet or less each, and no more than two sets of points. Well, that’s my kind of layout isn’t it? Apart from the fact that I keep saying I’m trying to give up messing with N scale and concentrate on bigger things that are easier to see.

So, I am in.

Arundale 2The plan is for an American urban scene, a bit like Arundale (photo above) but half the scale and on a curved baseboard.

N challenge 001This is a rough sketch, not drawn to scale, to give me an idea of what the layout will look like. If straightened out the board would be four feet long and six inches wide. That’s two square feet including both the scenic and off stage areas, so well within the laid down maxima.

As on the HO scale layout, overbridges will disguise the exits to fiddleyard at each end and a single set of points will enable some switching to be done on stage without resorting to the cassettes.



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Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food.
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