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    N Scale coffee table layout

    OK.........With a possible move in a year or two, I'm now looking for help in designing a small N Scale coffee table layout. About 30"x60" at most.
    At least this way, I'll have a layout that I can move with me, if/when the time comes.

    Want mainline running, but also some switching, to make things a little interesting. Either DC or DCC powered. Not so sure about type of scenery though. May not be able to build that verticle Colorado/DRGW kind of scenery! :sad: Maybe not even the rugged MRL scenery of Montana!

    If/when, folks would be aiming for either Helena or Great Falls, MT.
    Are there any area clubs in either location, with N Scale members etc..?
    As usual, any information, and/or help is appreciated!
    Thanks,
    Keith
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    Another option Keith is to build a desk. I made a simple dog bone loop in a desk I built in high school. I hope to one day build an L-shaped desk that fits into a corner. I plan on having 3 different scenes.

    Just an idea. Try to get you a picture.....if I can get it cleared off!!

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    I've also seen the same thing done, with a specific scene, in a dining room table! Don't recall the magazine though.
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    There was also a "roll away" layout that fit under a bed. I would think that a cofee table layout would be best suited to an all switching layout, maybe set in an urban setting with lots of building flats representing the industries you would switch? Just a thought.
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    My layout is 30"x60", has a long mainline run, lots of switching, mountainous terrain, and was initially intended to go into a coffee table. It is a "spaghetti bowl", but that's the compromise I made for several switching locations and a relatively long mainline run. It's going to be hard avoiding a "spaghetti bowl" kind of feel in a coffee table to begin with.

    Anyway, just to give you some ideas.



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    shooter:

    That's a nice layout and gives you plenty of different switching opportunities.


    Keith:

    I've seen several coffee table layouts over the years. Scenery can big a big part of these layouts and interesting trackplans can be formulated.

    Stay cool and run steam....

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    Hey, that's based on the Lake District Railway from 101 Track Plans! I like its looks, though it does lack a passing track. (I see you've corrected that problem.)
    Fan of late and early Conrail... also transition-era PRR, 70s Santa Fe, BN and SP, 70s-80s eastern CN, pre-merger-era UP, heavy electric operations in general, dieselized narrow gauge, modern EFVM and Brazilian railroads in general... why bother trying to list them all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplex
    Hey, that's based on the Lake District Railway from 101 Track Plans!
    Yep, that's where I got the basic arrangement from.

    ---jps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith
    If/when, folks would be aiming for either Helena or Great Falls, MT.
    Are there any area clubs in either location, with N Scale members etc..?
    As usual, any information, and/or help is appreciated!
    Thanks,
    Keith, I haven't forgotten you, I had a major family crisis arise this week, and it's been crazy.
    Great Falls Model RR Club has a few N scalers, and an N layout, recently rebuilt.
    As for Helena, I dunno...
    Send me a PM about the real estate stuff as a reminder....

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    Hi Keith,
    I have a coffee table layout that I would be willing to sell.
    Let me know if you are interested.
    Thanks.
    Rod von Bernuth
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