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  1. #1
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    N scale as a garden railroad

    Just a strange thought I had. Have any of you tried an N scale layout outdoors?
    Keep on rockin in the free world

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    I've toyed with the idea of O around my backyard, but never N. Get the binoculars out.

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    Remembering what happened to my older brother's Lionel engine when I ran it outside 70 years ago, I don't want to even think how an N-Scale loco would suffer being run outside....:rn-shocked:
    Hank....I may have to Grow Old, but I Never have to Grow UP!!!


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    Our club set up in a tent one year at a RR festival. It don't work. You couldn't keep the track clean even if every train ran with a track cleaner car.

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    The local N-trak club in Vegas has set up the one trak in a member's backyard. Well its a covered patio, and only for a weekend here and there. Modules seem to fair alright, didn't need to clean the track too often.

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    There's lots of disadvantages to having an outdoor N scale layout.

    But at least the ants, spiders, earwigs and pillbugs in your garden will have their own mass transit system
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    some time ago i stumbled across a website of a british gentleman running h0 in his backyard. all i remember is that he spents most of the time cleaning tracks.
    have fun
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    somewhere on this site their is some pictures of a layout built in a flower box in their window...
    http://carendt.com/microplans/index.html



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    Northern Pacific, Tacoma Division, 4th subdivision "the prarie line" (still in planning stages)

  9. #9
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    Hi, guys!

    I've encountered several outdoor layouts in different scales over here, but nothing smaller than OO/HO. I'd not consider my N layout round the garden!

    Regards,

    Pete

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    I have heard of it being done in N scale. But whenever the thought occurs, or someone broaches this idea, I get an instant headache imagining the possible problems.

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