Category Archives: Trains

Moving to N Scale

After starting out with HO scale, I began to realize how much space it occupied.  August’s issue of “Model Railroader Magazine” had an article on space saving.  Then I discovered that with N scale, I could fit a complete oval of track on a 2′ x 4′ board, rather than 4′ x 8′.  Since space is a premium in our house (I have too much stuff) we made the executive decision to switch to N scale even though I had already made a small investment in HO scale.  All of the HO paraphernalia has been packed up and stored in the basement.  Here is a picture of my first N scale building, and to give you a sense of scale, that is a quarter next to it:

The start of a new hobby

After much deliberation, I have decided to add yet another hobby to my list; model trains.  My plan is to build a small city in HO scale that has multiple layers.  For example, subway, street, and el.  Construction has begun in the spare bed room, however I am still acquiring materials, buildings, scenes, and of course trains.

Most people in the hobby strive for a realistic environment.  There are many techniques to “weather” buildings, cars, etc. to attain this goal.  I have practiced on a few trains, but have by no means mastered the technique.  Last week I had taken the train into the city and used the opportunity to collect ideas for my layout.

My first graffiti attempt: