Model train layouts come in different shapes and sizes, and here we present to you a few model train layouts that are as small as coffee tables. These are excellent examples for anyone who plans to build a train layout, but is trying to make it as small as possible in order to save space at home.
The owners decided to use the popular N scale layout here, and it looks like it is a great one to use for a coffee table. Despite their small sizes, the layouts can smoothly run the trains just as well as larger layouts can. Clearly, the size also comes with limitations when it comes to designing the landscape. But, as you will see below, the owners of the did not let that limitation get in the way of their creativity.
Take a look at all the photos for inspiration for your own coffee table-sized N scale layout!
Impressively, this whole unit was made at home, including the table. Trees and houses fill out the landscape of this layout which can smoothly run two trains as well as an additional train along the siding.
Coffee Table Train Layout with Background
This coffee table layout includes backgrounds of mountains and buildings. A road and a couple of vehicles run near the center of the layout, while here and there stand trees of different types. At the left is a house with a row of cars parked beside it.
Detailed Model Train Layout on a Coffee Table
From this angle, you can see how well a coffee table layout can fit inside a room. If you look closely, you’ll notice how the trees were made so realistically. With only two houses and a couple of trees surrounding them, the landscape for this layout is more minimalistic than the ones we’ve seen.
N Scale Model Railroad Layout on Coffee Table
Highly detailed N scale built on a coffee table that contains a loop track with background scenery and red buildings.
Railway Layout on Top of Circular Table
The N scale layout can also fit well with a circular table. Here we can see the tracks placed around a group of buildings of different colors. Two vehicles drive down the road between these buildings.
Layout with Diagonal Backdrop and Divider
This coffee table train layout is different from the others. There is a divider running diagonally to split the table in two which also works as a background for the two sides. While the other half is not visible from this angle, we can see trees peeking just over the divider acting as a more natural contrast to the industrial atmosphere that we can clearly see from here.
You can have layouts that are as big as entire rooms or as small as briefcases. As we’ve seen in the photos here, you can also have layouts that are as small as coffee tables. Another thing we’ve learned is that smaller does not necessarily mean less quality and functionality. These coffee table train layouts are just as creative as any that you would see that are twice their size. Their landscapes are rich in detail, and in certain cases the spaces that were available were utilized fully. Hopefully, you took down notes for when you decide to make your own model train layout.