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Old 02-13-2020, 03:53 PM   #1
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Hello all! My name is Steve and I'm thinking about getting back into N scale. I tried once about 10 or 11 yrs ago and my track laying and soldering skills were horrendous and it was a big failure. Upon moving to a new house I started an HO layout in a spare bedroom. Got all the benchwork installed and then had a leak in the wash room by bedroom and ended up having to tear down the benchwork and replace the floor. Life happened and I never picked it up. Started painting miniatures and tried to get into other hobbies like Warhammer but just never really got into it more than the painting and scenery aspect.
Lately I've been thinking about how much I used to enjoy building, painting and detailing structures so I thought I might try to get into model railroading again. I'd love to do HO, but I live in a small apartment so I'm really thinking back to N scale.
This time I'm thinking Kato Unitrack to make the track work easier. I just haven't found a small plan yet to fit what I want out of a layout. I also want it to be dcc. I know both cost a little more, but I want ease and reliability.
Anyways, thanks for having me and look forward to all the info on the site and any help or advise on this new venture!
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Old 02-14-2020, 07:59 AM   #2
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Hello all! My name is Steve and I'm thinking about getting back into N scale. I tried once about 10 or 11 yrs ago and my track laying and soldering skills were horrendous and it was a big failure. Upon moving to a new house I started an HO layout in a spare bedroom. Got all the benchwork installed and then had a leak in the wash room by bedroom and ended up having to tear down the benchwork and replace the floor. Life happened and I never picked it up. Started painting miniatures and tried to get into other hobbies like Warhammer but just never really got into it more than the painting and scenery aspect.
Lately I've been thinking about how much I used to enjoy building, painting and detailing structures so I thought I might try to get into model railroading again. I'd love to do HO, but I live in a small apartment so I'm really thinking back to N scale.
This time I'm thinking Kato Unitrack to make the track work easier. I just haven't found a small plan yet to fit what I want out of a layout. I also want it to be dcc. I know both cost a little more, but I want ease and reliability.
Anyways, thanks for having me and look forward to all the info on the site and any help or advise on this new venture!
welcome back. I hope it goes better for you this time. There is a track plan section in the forum index that should be some help with the track plan. I can’t be much help with Kato track or dcc because I use old school Atlas track and straight Dc. Good luck! Hope to see some pics of the progress soon!
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Old 02-14-2020, 08:54 AM   #3
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welcome back. I hope it goes better for you this time. There is a track plan section in the forum index that should be some help with the track plan. I can’t be much help with Kato track or dcc because I use old school Atlas track and straight Dc. Good luck! Hope to see some pics of the progress soon!
Thanks! I was looking through the track plan section last night and might have found one to fit what I want with a little modification. Tomorrow we are planning a trip to Crossville TN to check out some hobby shops as there are none in the Chattanooga area that carry model railroad supplies.
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Old 02-14-2020, 09:03 AM   #4
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welcome back. I hope it goes better for you this time. There is a track plan section in the forum index that should be some help with the track plan. I can’t be much help with Kato track or dcc because I use old school Atlas track and straight Dc. Good luck! Hope to see some pics of the progress soon!
Nice if you don’t find what you need you can try

Thanks! I was looking through the track plan section last night and might have found one to fit what I want with a little modification. Tomorrow we are planning a trip to Crossville TN to check out some hobby shops as there are none in the Chattanooga area that carry model railroad supplies.
Nice that’s a good start. If you don’t find anything local there are some good online stores to order from also. I have the same problem where I live there are two stores close but both only really have O gauge stuff. I have to buy online or go to train shows when I can.
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Old 02-14-2020, 11:46 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forum. I also have no experience with Kato Unitrack, but from what I've read from members here who use it, it's practically flawless. I agree with your decision on DCC...it just allows so many more functions from your layout. You sound like you're more into the scenery and structures than the trains themselves. It makes no difference, really, because there are so many aspects to this hobby, and so many levels to each aspect. Enjoy the fun, and good luck!
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Old 02-14-2020, 01:11 PM   #6
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I think it's because structures and scenery were always easier for me than the electrical and mechanical aspects. I can work on a wooden building all day long but trying to adjust a coupler gives me fits...lol I mostly enjoy building the wooden kits. I still have 3 of my favorites from my old HO stuff. Sadly from what I've seen online the past couple of days is there's not a lot of wooden N scale kits. The ones I've seen are the same ones that have been around for the past 10 years or kits that are too large for a small layout. Anxious to get to some shops tomorrow and see what else is out there.
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Old 02-14-2020, 01:29 PM   #7
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I googled "N scale wooden structure kits" and saw a number of sites. Many are plastic, but the wooden ones I saw were really cool.
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Old 02-14-2020, 06:18 PM   #8
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I googled "N scale wooden structure kits" and saw a number of sites. Many are plastic, but the wooden ones I saw were really cool.
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Old Yesterday, 10:11 AM   #9
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Went to Crossville to see the model railroads they have set up in the outlet mall yesterday. Pretty cool place. Layouts from G scale all the way down to Z. Finally got to show my girlfriend a layout in person and she seemed pretty interested so that’s always a plus. The local hobby shop was closed so we drove to Knoxville to Dan’s Trains. Not realizing the time, we arrived right at 5pm when they are supposed to close, but Randy (the owner I assume) was nice enough to tell us to come on in and spent the next 30 mins talking to me about the area I plan to model, different products out now and model railroading in general. Although I have nothing to run on it or a power pack, I bought a Kato starter pack of track from him for taking the time for us after a long drive. I will definitely go back and get there well before 5 next time. If you’re in the Knoxville area, stop and check out Dan’s Trains and strike up a conversation with Randy and check out his great little shop.




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Hello all! My name is Steve and I'm thinking about getting back into N scale. I tried once about 10 or 11 yrs ago and my track laying and soldering skills were horrendous and it was a big failure. Upon moving to a new house I started an HO layout in a spare bedroom. Got all the benchwork installed and then had a leak in the wash room by bedroom and ended up having to tear down the benchwork and replace the floor. Life happened and I never picked it up. Started painting miniatures and tried to get into other hobbies like Warhammer but just never really got into it more than the painting and scenery aspect.
Lately I've been thinking about how much I used to enjoy building, painting and detailing structures so I thought I might try to get into model railroading again. I'd love to do HO, but I live in a small apartment so I'm really thinking back to N scale.
This time I'm thinking Kato Unitrack to make the track work easier. I just haven't found a small plan yet to fit what I want out of a layout. I also want it to be dcc. I know both cost a little more, but I want ease and reliability.
Anyways, thanks for having me and look forward to all the info on the site and any help or advise on this new venture!


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Welcome back to the world's greatest hobby!

I'm a 40 yr+ N-scaler and a retired service tech for electrical equipment. That means the things you had trouble with soldering, adjusting couplers, etc. are easier for me than they may be for you. However, I really get the most satisfaction from scratchbuilding, or kitbashing, structures, so we do have that in common.

There are some N-scale wood structure kits, mostly of the laser cut type. The third photo down shows a Laserkit wooden station that I added some interior detail to. There seem to be fewer of the old craftsman wooden kits available than there used to be in HO-scale too. That's where scratchbuilding comes in. Whether you work with basswood, or styrene, You can scratchbuild whatever you want, in any scale. There is a good selection of N-scale windows & doors and scribed bass and plastic sheet stock, along with plenty of beams and other structural shapes.
The photos below show some of the N-scale structures that I've scratchbuilt, or kitbashed.
The pdf files have lots of general information on model railroading. Some/most/all? of the info may be "old news" to you, because of your previous experience. Skim through them if you like. You may find something you can use.

Again Welcome Back!

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WHERE DO I START rev 4.pdf

Tips for handling small parts.pdf

Paintbrush Pine Trees.pdf

N-scale houses.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 5.pdf

A lot about couplers.pdf

MODEL RAILROADING ON A BUDGET.pdf

Model Railroad Terminology 3.pdf

Allentown covered bridge.jpg

Black River station 6.jpg

Cedar Falls Station overall interior.JPG

Cedar Falls water tower close up.JPG

Cape Rip. Lighthouse and cottage.JPG

Garrison creek trestle good view.JPG

Seattle Union Station concourse end 2.JPG

Seattle Union Station side view.JPG

Seattle Union Station showing scratch built interior.JPG

Wooden road bridge at Black River Junction.jpg

Molly McGuire's coal trestle.JPG
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