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    Posted: 27 Mar 2016 at 9:50am
I just came across this video of somebody's layout.  The layout is great, but the train storage system is fantastic! 


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Nice one. Yes, the "Paternoster"-type train elevator has been discussed in German train magazines and there have been a few manuals for building your own.

Perhaps we can turn this thread into a collection of links to really inspiring layouts that can be found around the www. Here are some of my favorites:

"Rheine Nord" by Gabriel Hensel: 

A superb Era IVa N scale layout that recreates the end of the life of the last DB steamers on the last non-electrified mainline in northwestern Germany in the 70s. Really captures the atmosphere of both the time and the region.

"Angerburg Süd" by "HessenJames":

A lovingly created Era III N scale layout of a small town rural train station where a branch line splits from a main line, with very prototypical operations.

"St. Goar" by Gerhard Kutziewski:

A stretch of the famous left bank of the Rhine between three tunnels at St. Goar, deftly recreated as a two-level shelf layout on very minimal space in H0 scale. Gerhard's webpage is also an invaluable resource on prototypical train compositions for all types of passenger trains that plied this famous line.

Era II N scale layout by Lorenz Kaestner:

Proof that the old classic - twin track mainline with single track branch line - can be done persuasively.

Another proof of the viability of the same concept:

This one from Japan by "yukikazeful" with superb landscaping, also in N. See other videos in his channel for more detailed shots of the layout.


A wonderful H0 French themed layout with a creatively done track planinng that gives a long circuit on relatively little space.

Dortmund Cityscape by Heiko:

Superb German city modeling - an H0 layout that started out as a mere neighborhood diorama and now encompasses an S-Bahn stop. Worth clicking through all the pages of this thread. Lots of creative kitbashing and scratchbuilding step by step photos. Also really clever use of figures and scratchbuilt interiors to bring the neighborhood to life.

Last one comes with a health warning! Be sure to put a well-padded pillow or other cushion beneath your chin before you click through this thread. Because your chin will drop and it will hurt:

This is the ultimate in fine scale railway modeling. Any of this would be a masterful achievement in H0 or even O scale. In N scale it borders on alchemy. Many of the pictures are virtually indistinguishable from reality. The author is a surgeon. Clearly has an extremely steady hand and endless patience. From the superdetailing of the rolling stock, to the perfect subtle weathering, to the scratchbuilt prototypical buildings and last, but certainly not least, the absolutely stunning scratchbuilt trees, this is the non-plus-ultra of N scale that I have seen. Step by step instructions for scratchbuilt trees can be found within the thread (in German though).


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