Tagged With "GarGraves"

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Any problems with Ross Switches?

dangerwildmike ·
Hello! I just bought an 042 Gargraves Switch from my local hobby shop and BOY AM I PISSED!  I read a lot of bad reviews with them and should have trusted my gut but the guy at the shop talked me out of Ross.  This GG switch has derailed a steam coal tender and multiple cars multiple times.  And I noticed the motor sometimes sticks in the middle and doesn't fully switch over.  My question is has anyone had any issue with Ross Switches?  I am thinking of exchanging the...
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Bldg first permanent layout. How To Wire DCS.

paul4653 ·
First permanent Layout. There will be 3 loops - each 80 feet long and all connect by crossovers. I am using GarGraves track and switches. Now how do I wire the DCS system???  Unable to locate "how to" information to get started and do it right on...
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DCS problem with 027 switch #5122

paul4653 ·
I am building a large layout with 6 loops. Running exclusively DCS.  Using  Gargraves track with mostly Gargraves and Ross switches . All loops are interconnected.  Small loop is 027 track with one 027 #5122 switch. So ... everything works fine EXCEPT when running the 027 #5122 switch ... apparently lose signal and engine stops. Any suggestions or comments?  Any help from you o gauge professionals would be great. Thank you.
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Easy Bending of Gargraves Flex Track with 2 Sided Jigs

tplee ·
I use two sided jigs that I have made to make my track curves as smooth and consistent as possible.The jigs are made from 1/2" MDF.  Each jig has two radii for each curve radius that I will need. Those radii are 72", 80", 88", 96", 104", 112",...
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Fastrack on Steriods Need Help

Merlin1280 ·
Could use some help, finally pushed my max on how much space I have to work with.  Trying to make a fun layout for the kids that can run some serious trains, I have only been at it a couple of months.  Here is my ideas on paper, love to hear...
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Gargraves flex track help

dangerwildmike ·
has anyone created a template for this?  Like 036 042 054 etc.  I think I'm going to try to design my layout around 054 for the curves and was wondering how to make a template for easier bending or if there is an easier way. 
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Gargraves O-72 vs Lionel O-72 Turnouts

Dan Padova ·
Looking at O-72 turnouts. Gargraves seems to be priced more in line with my budget than Lionel. I will be building a tubular track layout, but may opt for anther type of switch track. I also checked out the new Rossplate switch tack. It's priced in line with Lionel. What's nice about the Gargraves and Ross products, is the availability of various radii, i.e. O-42, O-54 along with the aforementioned O-72. What are your thoughts on these products.
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Gargraves O42 switch advise

Tony_V ·
I completed my new Christmas layout pretty much on Christmas Eve.  I used a combination of Gargraves track, switches and a couple of Ross curved switches.  The Ross switches are on the main line for the bigger stuff where the minimum track diameter is O54.  The Gargraves switches are all O42 on an inside loop.  The inside loop was designed for lower end stuff, older Lionel General Christmas engine, my Grandson's Thomas and friends collection, etc.  I wired the...
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Gargraves track and outside rails

paul4653 ·
DCS system using Gargraves track. Since outside rails are not electrically connected ... do I need to wire both?
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Gargraves track, Lionel coal loader, crane

Ernest ·
Gargraves track- new/in box/8 sections per box: 3 boxes O-32- $59; 1 box O-36- $60 Lionel Coal Loader- $100 works American Flyer crane- $100 works Items can be picked up Sat at: Cherry Valley Swap Meet & Open House 9AM-3PM Grace Episcopal Church 7 E Maple Ave Merchantville, NJ 08109
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How to solder Gargraves Track

paul4653 ·
Can you share tips on how to solder Gargraves track? Working on first permanent layout.    
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Intriguing Track Plan

Joe Rampolla ·
Hi Folks,     The photo below is a screen capture from a YouTube video about an older gentleman who gave his antique attic layout to a kind friend, however I cannot find the link at present or remember all the details.  I believe...
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Keeping Atlas CZ on the Rails

tplee ·
I am having a major issue of keeping the CZ on my O72 curves, they come off the rails every time. Currently pulling 10 cars (waiting for the observation, baggage, etc).  Most of the layout curves are, or will be larger than O72, but there are...
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Track ballast on a temporary display?

Tony_V ·
Hello all, Happy holidays!  I built a new Christmas display this year with Gargraves and Ross track.  In the past I've opted for Lionel FasTrack because of simplicity.  Unfortunately it was too noisy.  Due to the temporary nature of this layout, I don't want to go crazy with ballast but I feel like there has to be something that can be done to spruce it up a bit.  Any ideas?  My Christmas layout gets a make over in January by removing the tree and some of the...
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Track Choices

Dan Padova ·
I asked a question about track, awhile back. I'm still considering all of the various brands before i start building my layout. Cost is going to be a factor. I have a good deal of tubular track from years ago, still stored away. However, I have been looking at Gargraves sectional track, Lionel Fastrack and tonight, Atlas sectional track. My first thought was to stay with tubular track as it seems the simplest to make changes to. Also the UCS sections are straight forward. And I believe it's...
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Lighted Switch Stands

VaGolfer1950 ·
While I am in the process of expansion and changing over to Gargraves track with Ross switches, I was going through my boxes and found 2 of these lighted switch stands. There are no markings that I can see and they came in plastic bogs with nothing on them. I have 4 switches that are located close to the edge of the layout that I would like to use these for. Any help in identifying them and where to get them would be greatly appreciated. In looking for them I was surprised that this is an...
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What brand of uncoupling track to use with GarGraves?

paul4653 ·
Using GarGraves. . What brand of uncoupling track  could I use to along with GarGraves? Thanks!
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WTB GARGRAVES 37 INCH FLEX TRACK, AND MIDWEST CORK ROAD BED

Alex M ·
Hello everyone, I'm in need of 3 rail Phantom regular 37 inch flex, item 101  12 to 15 pieces. Must be new or slightly used. Midwest cork roadbed, same amount to accommodate the track. Thanks, Alex
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GarGraves Track with wooden ties

mike g. ·
Anyone looking for GarGraves 2 rail track, I have a bunch with wooden tracks. The thing is the track got left in the trunk of my son's car which to come to find out has a leak so there is rust on the track. I an open to letting it go as I have switched to 3 rail.
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o-gauge layout buildings, ross switches, phantom track and misc. items - NO trains

railer ·
Train Parts for Sale Selling everything from layout that was never completed. I have pictures if desired. Payment via Paypal or local delivery in Philadelphia area. Willing to negotiate any reasonable offer. Supplier Item Color Item Number Condition Price Scenic Express Reeds and Cattails kit EXO247 Never used $11.00 Woodland Scenics Tombstones (10) A2726 Never used $8.50 Woodland Scenics Holstein cows (7) A2724 Never used $12.00 Berkshire Junction 100 ft EZ-line Grey Never used $5.49...
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Bending GarGraves flex track

dobermann ·
Does anybody know if the flex track can be bent to 038? It's for a dummy siding with a sharp curve. Thanks joe
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Gargraves / Ross Custm Switches - Never Used!

zack slater ·
Hi All, I have an assortment on Gargraves Track (Wooden Ties) and Ross Custom Switches that I purchased, and sadly, I never put a layout together. I am hoping I can sell it here because I am moving out soon and don't want it to go to waste. This track has been put into places (I started mocking up a layout) but the track has never been powered on! This is brand new stuff here. 2 - O-31 Left Hand turn outs from Ross - Asking $45 Each 1 - O-31 Right Hand Turn Out from Ross - $45 8 - O-32 (I...
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Gargraves Turn Outs

1drummer ·
5 RH O 31 7 LH O 31 2 RH 100 2 Lh 100 $150 plus shipping for all
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Gargraves switch activates log dump and barrel car

Quizshow904 ·
I am using Gargraves switches and have two styles. The switch on the right with the one pc center power rail does not activate the shoes on the log dump car and the barrel car. The switch on the left with the 2 rail construction on the center power rail makes contact with the shoe as it passes over. Can I convert the existing switch on the left to a one piece on the right (it is already installed on the layout complete with ballast)??? Or does anyone have any suggestions as how to fix the...
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Solid bed necessary for suspended O gauge track?

Keith in NH ·
Hi Folks - this is my first post - great content abounds here!! Thanks to all those that contribute. I'm in the midst of designing a 100' loop around our cathedral great room. 2 parts of the loop will run in mid-air over walkways vs. along the wall. (approx 8 feet on each). I thought I read somewhere that it's possible to forego the wooden shelf material and simply suspend the track, being sure to have hanging support brackets every so often (i.e. 16" spacing). I also was thinking that...
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Track Power Feeds

Thaddeus ·
Quick question here. I there any problem running some of my power feeds to the connecting electrical bars on the underside of Ross Ready Switches. I am poor at soldering to the rails so far and I am thinking this may help make some of my job easier. I know I will still have to solder feeds to much of my track, but there are a few areas that this would make some things easier for myself. FYI, I am using Ross and Gargraves track. Any help is appreciated.
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Short engines stalling in Gargraves 042 switches

Tony_V ·
All, I am looking for some advise on correcting an issue I have. I have a holiday layout with an 042 loop that contains 3 Gargraves 042 switches. I ran into an issue where the grandkids Thomas engines will stall going through these switches. Some will stall in 1 direction and not the other. Some will navigate the turnout and not the straight through. I assumed it had to do with the short wheelbase and rubber tires. I am preparing to reassemble the layout and have some of the track sections...
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Benchwork (Phase-1) is done, now need some track plan design advice.

ricka1 ·
I've completed the first phase of my sectional benchwork, and I'm having a hard time figuring out how best to use the space I have. I will eventually go around the perimeter of the basement, but for now, I want to get some trains running on Phase-1, and try to put together something fun to operate with the space I have. Phase-1 will keep me happy until I can afford phase 2! I would appreciate any input from folks here, with more experience track planning. I have attached an RR-Track file to...
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Gargraves Switches 072 042

c6usa ·
I have 5 072 switches and 2 042 all with DZ1000 came off of a working layout look at pic what you see is what you get. preferred payment paypay family and friends $225 free shipping to lower 48 email hrose52@att.net Will consider Trade for anything MTH
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Lionel & Gargraves track switches

Rail Runner ·
I'm new to building an O-gauge layout and am looking for some information on track switches. I have a large quantity of Lionel tinplate track. I'm looking at switches and I'm seeing that Lionel O72 switches seem to have some issues. I just saw that Gargraves makes a Tinplate O72 switch. So can anyone let me know if these are truly compatible and if so which one of the remote control ones would be best to use and are they rated any better than the Lionel ones?
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Insulating a double crossover

C.J. ·
I am building a double crossover out of gargraves track and switches. Where should I put insulation pins? I am wanting to run a double loop with the crossover, one power source with TMCC. Any help would be great. Thanks!
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Gargraves Phantom #100 "O"-100 Switches

Maas ·
I have 5 "left" and 4 "right" switches for sale. Some were used only once and majority were never used. All in very good condition. Will accept manual or DZ-1000 machines. Need to downsize. Asking $30 each
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Pre-wiring Track

Don Merz 070317 ·
so as I am thinking about laying track on my new layout, I know I want to run both TMCC and DCS. I am usin Gargraves flex track in 3 foot or so sections. I was thinking I might pre wire each section in about the middle of the piece with pigtail leads to the middle and one side rail as I lay the track. Feed those pigtails through holes underneath the track for later wiring into the power grid. I was also considering scolding a connection between the 2side rails on each pice to ensure the two...
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Atlas track and switches vs. Ross/Gargraves track and switches

Paul Moore ·
What's your opinion on Atlas and Ross/Gargraves track and switches? I want to ditch Fastrack. Will my MTH operating cars track well over the switches?
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Nem gargraves track for sale

EA&J Rail road ·
20 pieces of 37" phantom tinplate line flex track $7.00 each plus freight 1 sealed box 32 phantom tinplate curve track $40.00 plus freight 1 sealed box 42 phantom tinplate curve 8 pieces track $48.00 plus freight 1 sealed box 54 phantom tinplate curve 8 pieces track $56.00 plus freight 1 sealed box 63 phantom tinplate curve 12 pieces track $80..00 plus freight 1 sealed box 80 phantom tinplate curve 12 pieces track $80..00 plus freight 20 pieces midwest o gauge cork road bed $1.50 each plus...
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Final reduction: Gargraves switches, unloader track, lionel accessories

jkski3 ·
For sale are the following: Sold-Gargraves 042 manual switches. These have been removed from the box, but have never been used. $25/each plus $8 shipping. All four for $85. SOLD- 108-EM uncoupled/unloader track section. NIB. $30 plus $8 shipping. Sold-Lionel pony ride. NIB. $45 plus $10 shipping. SOLD- Lionel crossing gates. Never installed, but were removed for inspection. $45 plus $10 shipping. Four Gargraves turnouts. These have been used, but are functional. $40.00 for all four plus...
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Sources for Gargraves 502S Standard Gauge Track w/ Stainless Steel Rails and Plastic Ties)?

Burgard540 ·
New to the forum and looking for sources to buy Gargraves 502S Standard Gauge Track with stainless steel rails with black plastic ties for outdoor running. Primarily: - 502S 37" Rigid Straight Section Standard Gauge w/ Stainless Rigid Black Plastic Ties - 138-502S 138" Dia Curve Standard Gauge w/ Stainless Rails Plastic Ties - It's unclear whether 502F 37" Straight Section Stainless Flexible has black plastic ties. Wasn't aware Gargraves discontinued manufacturing until visiting a local...
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Gargraves 502S Standard Gauge Track w/ Stainless Steel Rails and Plastic Ties

Burgard540 ·
Looking for to buy Gargraves series 502S Standard Gauge Track with stainless steel rails with black plastic ties for outdoor running. Primarily: - 502S 37" Rigid Straight Section Standard Gauge w/ Stainless Rigid Black Plastic Ties - 138-502S 138" Dia Curve Standard Gauge w/ Stainless Rails Plastic Ties - Also wanted 502F 37" Straight Section Stainless Flexible if they have black plastic ties. Wasn't aware Gargraves discontinued manufacturing until visiting a local hobby shop, whose listed...
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Gargraves 37" Phantom Stainless flex track Plastic or Wood Ties

Jerry Del ·
Now that I have decided on Gargraves Flex. I plan on bending all my own curves on plywood templates. My question is, based on ease of working with the track am I better off with the wood ties or the plastic ties. I,m thinking that the difference in realize-um between the two in minimal so which is easier to work with? Thanks Jerry
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Removing Pins from FasTrak?

BobbyD ·
Is it possible to remove the tubular track pins from a FasTrak adapter section and replace them with something to connect it directly to Gargraves track? Thanks!
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From scratch train shed

C&Osteam ·
Can anyone give me the actual height of gargraves track? My engine and layout are located at another location. How high would a door need to be to clear a Lionel Legacy Allegheny on 3/8” flexxbed and Gargraves?
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ROSS #175 Double Crossover & Gargraves Straghts

kennyb ·
Hello! I am looking for a ROSS#175 Double Crossover in any operating condition. I know it's a long shot,but I have found other things here I never thought I would have. If you happen to have one to sell,e-mail me with your asking price,e-mail is in my profile. I am also looking for 10 or more pcs. of Gargraves Wooden Tie Long Straight Pieces. Can be old flex track,just so they are not bent beyond repair. Thank You Very Much.-Kenny
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Flex track minimum length for new layout

Kirk R ·
I'm designing my layout that'll be mostly Ross switch and Ross sectional track and roadbed. Will use Gargrave flex for many places. I'm using AnyRail software and inevitably have a few areas that need a filler piece that's not standard. If I fill that with Gargrave's flex it could be pretty small (a few inches) which doesn't sound structurally like a good idea. Should I remove another section of track and go for a longer piece of flex track (maybe a foot) that's easier to manage in its place...
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Subway System For Sale

Dwayne B ·
Subway system for sale.......I purchased this Subway from my neighbor who worked for Lionel in the early 1950s. If you are interested in hearing his story go to the Notch 6 podcast episode #107 titled "The Lionel Employee in the Neighborhood". I have 6 sections of subway that are detailed with depots and other subway surroundings. The track and switches used are Gargraves and Tortoise switch controllers are also included. The subway was cut into 6 sections for removal and are 7 to 9 feet...
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Switches needed for yard servicing 072 minimum radius trains

Geo2000 ·
I have a 35 x 10 layout with minimal options for expansion. With 3 main lines consisting of 080, 072, and 045 radius track the space is mostly used up. I would like to squeeze a yard into south side of the yard to provide a few options for running different train without removing them from the track. I am getting ready to buy all the track and switches so that I can layout the design on the floor while I continue to build benchwork. I was hoping to set a little advice on how to squeeze in a...
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Realistic looking rails

Kitbasher ·
I have all Gargraves three rail track. I have started painting the sides of the outside rails using the Rail Brown, Railroad Colors alcohol-based paint. Has anyone found a better paint or way to do this?
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New working with Gargraves Switches

JimmyG ·
Hello, I am new to using Gargraves track and I have some manual O 42 switches. Is there any special wiring that needs to be done to these so the engines don't stall in them? I set up a test track with a three foot piece of Gargraves track and one of the Gargraves O 42 switches at the end of it. The engine runs fine on the straight, but stalls at the switch. Does the switch need power at all ends for the engine not to stall? Any help you can provide is appreciated. Thanks, Jim
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Which do you think is quieter

rtraincollector ·
Without anything under it on a sheet of plywood, Is O-gauge track or GarGraves track?
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GarGraves Switches

JohnActon ·
Lately I have run across several ads on eBay selling pre 1990 GarGraves #103 and 104 switches and calling them O-100 switches. These pre 1990 #103 - 104 switches are not O-100 switches. They are approximately O-72 but will not fit in the same spot as a Lionel O-72 without some modifications to existing track work. In 1990 GarGraves came out with a switch that is an O-100 switch and chose to use the same item numbers 103 and 104. See my attached photo to see the two switches side by side.
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5x9 Gargraves layout

Ken S ·
Hello All- I am still kicking around track plan ideas, I was all set to go forward with Atlas, but my local hobby shop warned me off of it because of availability problems (sounds familiar aka MTH). Sooo, here we go again with Gargraves this time. I put together a 5x9 layout which will be an industrial park that I plan on having as destination industries for a future larger layout. I put something together and I'm coming to the forum for feedback. The empty area in my siding is a 4" gap that...
 
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