N Gauge Layout – Small Scale Tracks
The N gauge layout is the second smallest model train scale after the Z gauge. The actual dimensions are 1:160 minimum radius and 7.5 inches. Since this is a smaller that average setting it is most commonly used in miniature war gaming setups. However you can use the N gauage layout if you do not have enough space inside your room for a bigger model railway layouts.
You must note that there is a difference between scale and gauge. The former relates to the size of the train model relative to the size of the real thing. Whereas the latter relates to the size of the model so that it can be compatible with the tracks. This is also important to note because you will need to have landscape such as buildings and trees of a certain size for your model train layout to feel realistic.
Small N scale model railroad track layout
Check out the pictures below to see how densely packed this type of model track can be. For most hobbyists however it will not be enough to have a small collection so you need to know before you start collecting all the landscape, tracks and model trains. If say you decide to switch from a N gauge to a HO then it can be very expensive because you will need to sell all your models and buy new ones. EBay is a great place for doing this but you will still lose out on money. Check out the offer on the right sidebar for ways of saving money in this hobby.
Choosing the tracks to build a layout
You will need all the bends and many straight to complete you train network. In my experience it is a good idea to get a notepad and pen to plan out your design. It is much quicker than just building and having to take tracks apart to start again. Also doing this you will prevent any unnecessary damage done to the edges of the tracks from multiple connections and disconnections.
You can buy some slightly more complicated components such as tunnels and crossings to increase the richness and design of your overall N gauge layout. However the more complicated a design you take on the more planning you will need. Check out the free ebook offer above to help you avoid some of the mistakes that people make when taking on complicated builds.