I have, for quite some time now, toyed with the idea of building a small narrow gauge layout in H0e (H0n30) and 9mm track gauge. Just for the fun of it, to explore the possibilities in a small space, but also in case I one day may start building narrow gauge modules following the FRIMO standard. I have seen modular narrow gauge layouts that look really great, the tiny engines and cars are incredibly charming, and last but not least, it’s a real space saver compared to H0 normal gauge!

One would think that four different gauges in three different scales (H0, H0n3, G and some N) should suffice, but no way, in this house there’s apparently enough space to try most everything!

The starting point for my thoughts was to see how much one could fit on a small layout, without also having a track plan totally overloaded with tracks. In other words, a small layout that is operational and with some possibilities beyond just running around in circles. Yup, I want the continuous loop even though it is totally unrealistic (with some exceptions), as it makes it possible to have the train running continuously while just leaning back and watching, relaxing and enjoying it with a cold beer or other drinks. Isn’t that really what this hobby is all about, to relax and enjoy?

At the same time, I think it would be nice to have a little more than just a simple loop, as there are limits to how long one can sit and watch the train running laps without getting dizzy. A couple of spurs for setting out and picking up cars, maybe a small station where two trains meet, but not too much, there has to be some space left for scenery too.

I think that part of the secret of creating a small and successful layout is mastering the art of limitation, and not try to squeeze too much at once. Less is more, as they say!

And with that, I hereby set the starting point for what will hopefully be several chapters in a small narrow gauge adventure. To be continued ...

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