N scale Track Plans

The N scale ranges from 1:148 to 1:160 which means that the real train is over 100 times larger than the model train.

In other words it’s a lot smaller than O scale trains but not quite as small as Z scale trains.
N scale trains are even smaller than HO scale trains, but that can be a good thing. The size of the N scale makes finding space for a fairly large layout of small trains fairly easy. Hardly a day goes by when I don’t spy just the perfect spot for an N scale track layout. It could be a bedroom or a large closet off the kitchen, but wherever it is one thing is clear: those spaces would be much improved with an N scale track layouts quick.

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So get yourself on the Internet and find one of those sites with a bunch of layouts, or better yet come up with your own layout and build it all yourself.

That’s the thing about toy trains. The joy one gets in them is equal to the work one puts into them. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard from parents that the brand new train set they got their child is collecting dust in the basement on top of the unused ping pong table.

Well, with the N scale you could have a train set in a bedroom and you could continue to build and add to it for years. Soon it’ll become a source of pride for your child and the family in general. It feels great when your child does something constructive. Neighbours will likely be enthusiastic about the new train layout too. N scale works great for those with small rooms, or who live in apartments or condos. It’s the ‘fun size’ model train.

Model Railway Track Plans

Model railway track plans range from the tiniest Z-scale tabletop trains to backyard trains that you can actually ride on. The hobby of creating track plans for model railways is as attractive to adults as it is for children. Track plans can consist of a simple loop (popular underneath Christmas trees in North America) or extremely elaborate routes with spurs, switches, curves and straight areas.


There are numerous scales of model trains, so you should take the size and scale of the train into account when making your model railway track plans. One popular scale developed in the 1950s in the UK is ‘O gauge,’ with 32 mm tracks and wheels. This scale was perhaps the most popular one of the 1960s and 1970s. While O scale trains started out being mostly indoor trains, the scale eventually became popular for outdoor garden railways as well.

The most popular scale model railroad in the world is ‘HO scale,’ with the HO standing for ‘Half O’ because it is half the size of O scale railroads. There is a huge selection of kits, parts, locomotives and accessories for HO scale trains. One reason this scale is so popular is that it is one of the most affordable. O scale model trains tend to be proportionally more expensive.

Part of the fun of model railway track plans is that you can gradually add to them over the years: cars, locomotives, scenery such as trees, even papier maché mountains with tunnels are reasonably-sized projects for HO scale model trains. Another advantage of using such a popular scale layout is that you’ll have an easier time purchasing secondhand accessories, and if you join a model railway club, you will probably meet plenty of enthusiasts who also have HO scale trains.

Making model railway track plans is an activity that school-aged children, their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents can all enjoy.