HCDs and Medium-Sized Plans

HCD (hollow core door) layouts are extremely popular, particularly with N Scalers, because they're a snap to build. Just buy a flush HCD from your local big box store, along with a pair of saw horses, and you're ready to start building your layout almost immediately. Note that, since HCDs are sort of regarded as "N Scale's four by eight," I've also included a couple of HO Scale plans for the "sacred sheet," as well as others that drop between the two size-wise.

Layout Name

Scale

Scheme

Size (in)

Black Diamond Route

N

loop-to-loop

30 x 90

Cambridge Branch

N

loop

60 x 80

Canton Branch

N

figure-8

40 x 60

Crooked Creek

HO

figure-8

48 x 96

East Glassbottom

N

folded dogbone

30 x 60

Five by Five

HO

switching

60 x 60

Freehold Branch

N

loop with branch

36 x 80

Frozen Foods

N

twice-around

30 x 72

Fullerton Central

Z

over-under

48 x 72

Grey River

HO

twice-around

48 x 96

Hudson Bay

N

switching

36 x 80

Lehigh & Nittany

N

loop

36 x 80

Ocotillio Wells & El Centro

N

loop

36 x 80

Reading & Northern

N

loop with branch

36 x 80

Somerville Industrial

N

out-and-back with wye

36 x 80

Southern Jersey

Z

loop with branch

30 x 46

Southport & Northern

N

out-and-back

36 x 80

There & Back Again

N

twice around

36 x 80

Whittier & Portage

N

switching

36 x 80

Wrightstown & Midland

N

folded dogbone

36 x 60

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