Building an N Scale Train
Layout with Kits
In other articles we have
looked at what it takes and what it costs to build a custom N scale layout.
Here we will look at what it costs and what is involved in building an N scale
train layout with a kit.
You can buy a wide variety
of model railroad kits from several different manufacturers or distributors, in
a variety of price ranges. However there are not that many complete layout kits
that include not just the patterns and layouts items, the tracks and scenery
but also some have structures and buildings as well. They range in quality
Here are a few examples of
layout kits available from eBay,
NOTE: The following is a guide only.
These were advertised at the time of writing this article, so may or may
not be typical of what is currently
Woodland Scenics ST1482 N
Scale Scenic Ridge Layout Kit Train Track Scenery Cost $260 plus $30
The size of the layout this kit makes is 3’X6’.
This is not a beginner’s kit. It is only recommended for those model
railroaders who are experienced and serious. This kit includes all the
subterrain and terrain components, along with all the needed landscaping
materials. It also includes a full size track plan preprinted on the base. You
can easily expand on this base and you can either use it as a module or it can
stand on its own.
This kit also includes a road system, but not the
streets, sidewalks, parking lots and paved areas. The kit includes boards,
connectors, foam board and foam risers, track-bed, plaster cloth, complete road
system, turf colors, light gray fine ballast, field grass, cement and sprayer
head for scenery, rock molds, foam pads, black base paint, earth pigment,
liquid color pigments, trees, clumps in foliage colors, tunnel culverts and
portals, tack glue, and profile patterns.
Terrain for Trains Layout -
Cost $350 plus shipping
This kit includes a painted
48’X30” layout molded into one piece. No tools are needed as there are no
pieces to connect. The shell is of high impact polystyrene that is rugged and
light. It is designed to use the snap track made by Atlas. The track easily
snaps together or comes apart. The layout can be used with other tracks as
well. All of the basic scenery design is already molded into the base – there
are hills, mountains, grades, ponds, roads and streams. There is no need to
frame it with wood, plaster or screen wire. You simply glue your track to the
layout with any styrene glue.
The design is a figure 8
that is inverted and plenty of switching available. The layout is 4’X 2 1/2’
and only weighs about 12 pounds.
N Scale Model Train Layout
$650 plus free shipping
This layout is for one
track with a western desert theme. The railroad layout
includes a creek, dry ravine and train station. It is made of wood and foam
board so that it is light and easy to carry and move as well as being very
tough. No structures are included but one power pack is included. The layout is
48 ½’ X 25 ½” X 8 ½” and it weighs about 10 pounds.
Included is a power pack, a
semi-truck and trailer, two spur tracks, track cleaner.
Trick Train Tracks N-scale
$599 plus $175 shipping
This kit has the layout and
the attached track for a radius of 7 ½”. There are plenty of curves, twists,
overhead trestles, roadways, mountain passes and prewired Atlas track. This
layout is only 3’X4’ so it can fit just about anywhere. Each kit is handmade
and hand painted. They are made from wood, gravel, glue and screws.
The layout does not include structures, scenery
or accessories and weighs only 35 pounds. It can be expanded by connecting it
to another layout. It does include a two level layout with 25 feet of Atlas
track already laid and two bridges with on track re-railer.
So you can see that even
the kits are not inexpensive but they are not in the same range as the
$1000-4000 custom made layouts you can also purchase. Your other choice is to
make your N scale train
layout by yourself from scratch
without a kit.
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