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    The Tupville RR Line: Emís Starter N-scale Basement Layout

    This is a Layout Build Log for is my first ever, N-scale layout! The name of my railroad will be the Tupville Railroad line, lovingly embracing the town of Tupville. The inspiration is my recently departed dear, Tuppence...




    This is my first experience running rails in this much smaller scale, from what was my previous HO scale experience. I will initially, sticky this thread to the top, as itís a rather large-scope Build Log. It will be an *evolving* project over a long period of time, specifically because of the layout diorama construction and build. The end goal may be inclusion within a larger shed layout; or it may just stay what it will be here... a convenient, stand alone in-house layout.

    Iíll also be giving my thought process along the way

    The starter set I bought had the Canadian National (CN) locomotive option (the loco you see pictured at the extreme left on the box below), and also comes with five rolling stock cars/wagons, controller, as well as an M1 oval of track...


    This is what the oval looks like...





    The exact dimensions of the oval is actually, 2í-2Ē x 4í-5Ē

    Next step was, to lay it out on something!
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    I wanted to get the starter set functional, and see how I like N-scale, so the first attempt was to start the layout on an old, folding camp table... 5’-3” x 2’-6”. It has folding aluminum legs with a crossbar at the feet, each end. The surface of the table is a very thin veneer on thin particle substrate. Sturdy enough for cookware and dish ware, etc., so good enough for a plastic track!



    The plan was, I needed something quick enough to setup the track and test the train out, in order to send it back if it was damaged in shipment... plus, I wanted to run my dang train! So, I placed a large piece of folded-in-half green felt atop, and then laid the track. From there, I was able to get the locomotive on and run it around the track on a test run.







    All went fairly well, except in repositioning the felt, I tried balancing the assembled track on a side table and it fell to the concrete floor! Luckily, nothing bad happened and the train runs fine. The KATO UNITRACK, fortunately, has a quick release tabbing system that allowed the track so separate in a couple lucky places and nothing bent on the joiners. Almost a disaster right off the tracks, so to speak!

    Now that I know everything is in order, I’ll next look into getting a sheet of 2” foam board housing insulation as a layout base that will sit atop the table...hopefully, that should stay I. Place well enough without having to bolt it to the table, but we’ll see. The foam board will allow me to jettison the felt and do actually scenery work!

    As a side note, it is a convenient coincidence that my furnace room also contains my models and miniatures workshop bench, where I’ll be able to build scenic content!
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    Passing Siding

    Just ordered a KATO V1 Passing Siding kit.

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    This will add the siding to the bottom of my oval, which will allow me to keep another train and/or box cars idle on the side as so something rolls along the oval.

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    I also ordered a pack of 9-3/4” straights...four in the pack, which will allow me to add one to each end, left and right, to make a bigger oval. An example might look something like this (without the yard extensions at top and bottom)...

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    ...and of course, a next purchase will be the rail yard, with a possible viaduct variation packs which could do the fill above, or a single yard within the oval.

    another cool possibility would be this, with a yard variation pack...

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    This will also allow me to place a yard inside the oval, or I could place it in a different configuration on the outer long ends...the point being flexibility in what I can do for my little village!

    The overall thought process here is to keep adding, in the space allowed, for maximum run in length. As just mentioned, I plan a small rail yard, and will likely be the maximum track I’d be adding to this basement layout.
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    You are moving along nicely! Nice looking locomotive btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hagen View Post
    You are moving along nicely! Nice looking locomotive btw.
    Thanks

    I’ll feel better when I get some home foam board insulation down, instead of the felt... I’ll be able to get more running room (4x8” or 6’) for the track laid, and a BUNCH more terrain building options!

    The loco is a Canadian National (CN), and she is a beauty! The locomotives and rolling stock are impressive as hell, actually! ...these products have come so far since I ran trains 30 years ago! ...they feel more solid and substantial (heavier, even) despite this being a much smaller scale than I ran. And the details are phenomenal. I was a little worried that such a small scale would loose too much detail (like handrails) vs HO and above, but there really isn’t too much. That little loss is worth it for the amount of running room and more real estate you gain with this scale...I can do a lot more in this scale.

    I was also worried in the smaller size...I mean, I’m not a Spring Chicken any more and handling was a concern. So fa, so good!!! ...I’m having trouble assembling the coupler cabling...I need to go cautiously, that’s all.
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    Latest buys:

    ROUNDHOUSE N SCALE 30' MODERN TANK CAR EMERY CHEMICAL ROAD #UTLX 85926

    And....

    Eastern Seaboard Models 1408 Special Run Rivarossi 42' Tank Car Emery Chemicals

    Eastern Seaboard Models 1408 Rivarossi Special Run Emery Chemicals 42' Single Dome Tank Car GATX 38263 Emery (with "Uncommon Chemicals" text) 42 Foot Single Dome Tank Car with light gray paint and black and red printing. Manufactured in Italy by the now defunct Rivarossi, this May 1989 special run model release has body end printing, truck mounted Rapido couplers, nickel silver plated metal wheels, and steel axles.

    Iíll post pics when they are in
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    Hey big cheese (for this site at least) where again are you located? I seem to remember the north east US. I have 7, 4'x8' tables and would be willing to donate one to your cause if you can pick it up (one hour north of Toronto). I think my dad cut them to 7' long to fit down into the basement for one house along the way. At least they would still be used for trains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madman View Post
    Hey big cheese (for this site at least) where again are you located? I seem to remember the north east US. I have 7, 4'x8' tables and would be willing to donate one to your cause if you can pick it up (one hour north of Toronto). I think my dad cut them to 7' long to fit down into the basement for one house along the way. At least they would still be used for trains.
    WOW, that’s incredibly generous of you, and why I am always humbled by the community here! I’m afraid I am too far away to take you up on the offer... southwestern Massachusetts, about 30-45 minutes from the Connecticut boarder; plus no way to transport it, so I unfortunately am not able to take you up on that. I sincerely appreciate the gesture, though... Thank You!!!
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    February 3, 2021 Update

    I’m slowly honing in on a layout plan of action! So far, I have the one KATO M1 loop, and have picked up a passing siding, as noted above. I bought some quad-length straights to increase the depth of the loop. The plan from here currently, is to add an inner loop, trying them together with a crossover and at least one yard area branching off. It should be somewhere in the 3’ x 6’ range. This layout will give me some switching action, and storage space for one of my two trains. The center of the loops can accommodate a small village scene...and some hills and small forested spots. It also allows me to develop some scenery building skills. This will need a couple hundred more dollars invested to realize the dream... kinda sticker-shocky, I know, but reading up on this, the going average to enter the hobby is about $500 USD, which looks about where I’ll end up...for entry into any hobby, that’s about average.

    Inspiration that started me down this plan is the Manning Oaks plan...




    I probably wouldn’t have the dead-end track, or far right loop end, and my. Crossover will be on the bottom of the layout, not the top, but it got me visualizing what I want to run, and helped me understand the necessity of unijoiner feeds for electrical current compliance (where you see the x’s.

    My yard may be on the outside, not in a loop area, mainly because I am visualizing a yard at top, and a spur at the bottom for my CN commuter train. I may add a tunnel at top right at some point, too!

    EDIT (April 15th): The ‘advice and guidance’ I’d found online, concerning the crossover was way more over complex that it turned out, and wrong I might add! All I need to do was, make sure both loops had electrical current, which I achieved through feeder segments (small track unit) that is wired and fed to the controller with the use of 3-way connector. See post #23
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    So come up for hot lead in Stratford next spring. Rent a U haul trailer and take it home.

    Hot lead is a miniatures primarily convention around mid March. Runs for 3 days and about 8 to 9 sessions over the weekend. I can't tell you how many attendees or total number of events run but they do run the gamut. Everything from Dinosaurs to sci fi and pretty much every scale. I was playing micro armour WWII and behind me was 1/35 minis playing WWII. I have played Canadian in Afghanistan, WWII air games, Kursk and watched fantasy, ancients, BattleTech, space combat, in addition to the regular Napoleonics, seven years war, and on and on. Lots of fun, come on around. Maybe we could do that get together we wanted to try at this convention? I would love to get into one of Scott's 10mm Firefight scenarios.

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