Originally Posted by tankman
Hello, I'm Jerry. I've had a on again/ off again relationship with American Flyer - S-gauge for most of my life. The interest in model trains predates any other later interest by quite a margin. Limiting factor has always been space for a layout. I hope yet to remedy that but even if I never do I still enjoy the scale... Jerry
Welcome to the forum!
Lack of space is a problem many of us have. My own N-scale bookshelf layout shares a garage with two workbenches, several power tools and my wife's car(sometimes
Much of it is only 16" deep, with no part more than 36" deep. That's one big advantage of a small scale. The narrow shelf idea can be used in larger scales too, in the form of a switching layout.
My bookshelf design comes from an old Model Railroader Magazine article. The top shelf holds my collection of train books, the two middle shelves house the railroad, and additional shelves below are used for general storage. This effectively uses the same floor space for three different purposes. The photos below show some sections of my layout.
The files below may give you some ideas about shelf layouts and shared spaces. That in turn may help you find a spot for your railroad.
Black River Junction from aisle.jpg
Cape Ripiculous peninsula end view.jpg
Cedar Falls module. showing lightwood bookshelf arch with enginehouse & station in background.jpg
Garrison creek trestle good view.JPG
WHERE DO I START rev 4.pdf
Choosing a Scale.pdf
1 How to build a better first layout.pdf
2 How to build a better first layout.pdf
3 & 4 How to build a better first layout.pdf
5 How to build a better first layout.pdf
6 How to build a better first layout.pdf
All AboutTurnouts rev 4.pdf
MODEL RAILROADING ON A BUDGET.pdf
Model Railroad Terminology 3.pdf