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Making A Start In N Gauge



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N gauge is the most rapidly expanding of all the model railway scales so if you want to take advantage of its huge potential, then this is the book for you. The author explains exactly what N gauge is, its history, and the advantages and some possible disadvantages. He begins with a train set and progresses through choosing a prototype and designing a layout. This leads to a practical demonstration of how to build a baseboard, then designs for open topped baseboards and fiddle yards.


This invaluable and well-illustrated book tells you all you need to know about the different track products that are available and the differences between sectional and flexible track. There are detailed yet understandable descriptions of how to lay track, cut it to size, join it, and connect it between baseboards. The terminology of turnouts is explained with  the different  ways to operate them.

The differences between DC and DCC control are explored, as well as how to get power to the track, and wiring for turnouts and isolation sections. All the types of ballasting are explained, with comprehensive advice on how to apply and fix loose ballast.


This fascinating book looks at the ready to run rolling stock available in N gauge as well as kit building and conversion of locomotives to DCC. There is guidance on couplers from the traditional types to the latest designs such as knuckle couplers and close coupling mechanisms. Modelling the railway infrastructure such as platforms and signal boxes is explained, then how to make rural or urban scenery. There is a detailed explanation of how to form the landscape then finish it with scatter materials and trees. The author looks at how to bring your layout to life by adding details such as people, road vehicles and signs. Lavishly illustrated throughout with lots of step-by-step instructional guides, this is the only book that you will need to get started in N gauge.