Simple Town; a 4'x2' foray into N Guage

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Simple Town; a 4'x2' foray into N Guage

Postby NEvans » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:20 pm

Given up trying to pack the children off to uni, agree with boss to build a new extension, or clear the garage or loft out (how can you get so much stuff into them? And where did it all come from?). Decided on a small n gauge just so I could run things, last one was a OO Inglenook, no scenery whatsoever, pure shunting fun.

Basic Ingredients:
12 mm MDF (went to get 6mm ply, couldn't find any flat, people have said stay away from 6mm MDF, so go for the safe bet, what could go wrong here?)
2"x1" softwood
1 x Farish DCC class 24 Commuter set
5 x Weathered Mineral Wagons. Some wagons like a second engine were meant to be some time in the future, but the weathered ones looked so good, and I could hear them calling me "save us, save us"....
1 x Big, actually very big handful of track (still looking at more)
Few bits of platform and tunnel mouths to give me an idea of placement.

And in true Blue Peter style, "here's the one we done earlier":

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First foray into N Gauge: SimpleTown 4'x2'

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Re: Simple Town; a 4'x2' foray into N Guage

Postby NEvans » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:59 pm

So what shall I call this? Not really based on any station or area, how's about naming it after my nickname at school, never worked out why they called me a village though?

Image above shows two weeks of playing with the track I have, with more might be able to fit a hidden siding on the back straight and maybe small siding at front. Might still have a bit more playing before nailing anything down. Kid's have loved watching me spending hours each night moving bits of track around. Initially loved the idea of a very basic layout and working on my [lack of] scenic experience. But the more I look at it the more I like the idea of having lots of track to be playing trains on.

Board; MDF with Softwood. Wife drilled holes and screwed and glued for me, didn't trust me indoors with things like that.
Daughter glued felt strips on bottom of softwood, she didn't trust me with the glue either. They have both have seen the damage I've done over the years of my RC Planes with glue. They then glued cork tiles over it, the Wicks 1' square tiles come in a pack of 9 and fitted very well.

First question; would you paint the whole board before going any further, and if so what colour?
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Re: Simple Town; a 4'x2' foray into N Guage

Postby Richard Lee » Sat Sep 08, 2012 6:44 am

Enjoying this thread. Thank you. Although my layout is OO, I am interested in N gauge because it seems to me that it would be a very good bet for having a continuous layout in a reasonable space, with larger locomotives pulling a reasonable length train.

NEvans wrote:...[snip]...
First question; would you paint the whole board before going any further, and if so what colour?


My instinct would be to paint the board with either a grass-green or a brown. By painting the board you help protect it from moisture, but can also help disguise gaps when you do the scenery. I used MDF for my baseboard top, and painted it a light brown using an acrylic gloss. I understand that MDF is a bit sensitive to moisture if not protected. Plywood may well be less likely to expand or distort with changes to humidity or when you stick things to it (e.g. ballast or grass) with diluted PVA, but it is nice to feel safe.

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Re: Simple Town; a 4'x2' foray into N Guage

Postby buz » Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:16 pm

Hi NEvans
I would paint the base in some sort of earthy tone whether its a brown or green.
It looks a whole lot better before the scenery goes down.
I did my track bed grey and the rest of the board a natural looking green.
As for a name that is is a tricky one the only two I can think of off the top of my head is Mill End
but that suggests a very big mill somewhere, the other is Northford which would need a river and bridge somewhere for the name to fit.
May I suggest moving the passenger platform to the other side of the passing loop,
thus freeing up the main line for traffic while the passenger train is stopped in the station.
And if you can take the passing loop round the RH curve.
So you can run longer trains say three or may be even four coaches.
regards John
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Re: Simple Town; a 4'x2' foray into N Guage

Postby NEvans » Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:27 pm

buz wrote:Hi NEvans
I would paint the base in some sort of earthy tone whether its a brown or green.

May I suggest moving the passenger platform to the other side of the passing loop,
thus freeing up the main line for traffic while the passenger train is stopped in the station.
And if you can take the passing loop round the RH curve.
So you can run longer trains say three or may be even four coaches.
regards John

Hi,

Board is now painted a grey'y (is that an actual word? probably not) brown.
The station is only temporary like that, probably get a card one for a better fit later. The idea of putting it there is so there is a bay platform from which the trains leave from and return to.

I did think about a second platform more to the bottom right as you suggest but thought there is an issue when wishing to un-couple to shunt or run engines round. I still find it fiddly, maybe it's because I'm new to N.
Currently track is lifted and board put away so it was out of the way while I was off with work, already got new thoughts for it slightly different setup, I agree with making the passing loop longer. I'll try and get some pics later.

Right Woking model show is calling (only a mile down the road from me) see how it should be done. Just not spending any money where is going to be hard work, I can hear all those poor wagons (and the odd engine and coach) calling for me to save them from here.....
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Re: Simple Town; a 4'x2' foray into N Guage

Postby NEvans » Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:07 pm

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Continued the twin on left so can run two trains happily, but still need to think due to down to one line, haven't decided if going to hide track as shown by the true tunnel mouths, or mabye across the left hand side with station above and bridge down to platform.
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