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Small N scale layout under construction, featuring double oval main line and a branch with freight siding, terminus passenger station and turntable with roundhouse in the center area.


Scale & Size
Scale: N (1/160)
Size: Very Small
Dimen­sions: 120cm x 80cm; 47" x 31"; 3.9′ x 2.6′
Area: 0.96m2; 1.15yd2
Time & Theme
Epoch/Era: II, III, IV / Transition, Modern
Theme: Fictional
Scene: Plain
Tracks & Route
Trackage: Kato N Unitrack
Type: Closed Route
Line: Double, with Branch(es)
Min. radius: 216mm; 8.5"
Turnout angles: 15°
Features & Control
Traffic: Passenger, Freight, Shunting/Switching
Power supply: DCC
Turnouts: Electric
Uncoupling: Manual


Here is what Josh says about his Japanese layout project:

"Just because I moved to Japan does not mean I gave up on model railroading as a hobby. As a matter of fact, I am actually getting into Japanese model trains. Since N scale is the most popular scale in Japan and because I have very limited space in my studio apartment I decided to build my new layout in N scale.

I found a foldable camping table online that opens up to 80cm by 120cm. I decided to use this as my "bench-work" and then used Kato Unitrack to build a semi permanent layout. Despite the small space, I have figure out how to include a double track mainline, a train station with two tracks, a freight siding, and a roundhouse all while using curves that are no sharper then 249mm radius (except for one small freight siding that uses 216mm).

Initially, I started with a D51 starter set and then added track and played around with several track ideas. I finally decided to use SCARM and plotted out my layout on the computer. Then I used the software to figure out how to add a turntable and roundhouse."

More info and pictures about this layout and also for the other projects of Josh can be found in his blog

Project: Layout Under Construction   
Author: Josh (aka Gilshrat)   
Designed with: SCARM
Posted on: 14 May 2020
Views: 13653
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