Tagged With "Track"

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Appearance of rrt layouts on screen

AbuelO_gauge ·
I've been following a layout thread here and when I load the file it appears quite differently from other of my own layout files in the same RR-Track software. See photos.  Is there a setting I'm missing to go from one appearance to the...
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ATLAS 0 TRACK, CROSSINGS & UNCOUPLER. BRAND NEW

Sam ·
The following are all still in the wrapping / card: 22.5 Degree crossing #6082, $15 each........ 4 available 90 Degree Crossing # 6080, $9 each........ 3 available 0-36 1/4 Curved section #6068  4 pieces per package........ 4 packages available Uncoupling Track 1 Set # 6059 $15.... 1 available Onl y actual shipping charged from zip 20748.    
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Best Free Track Planning Software

Austin G. ·
I want to get a track planning software to help design my new layout.  I dont really want to buy a software because I'd use it so little so I was wondering what you guys think is the best free software? Also i'd like to use Atlas O track.Thanks
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Buying Track

Dan Padova ·
So as I have mentioned in other posts, I am getting back into O scale after an absence of 25 years. I still have a box full of 0-72 and O-42 curves and another box of O gauge straight sections. I would prefer to stay with tubular track. That said, I have been looking at track for sale on Evilbay. I plan to use as much wide radius as I can and keep the O-31 to a minimum. As far as turnouts go, I don't see much in the way of O-72 turnouts at this point. But I have just begun searching. I have...
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027 track spacing

Chris W ·
Hi, I'm new to layouts and need some experts to comment. I have planned to run two tracks 027 around the ceiling of my basement, approximately 100ft x 2. The curves at each corner can be spaced out fairly wide coming off the straight aways. I really...
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Another FasTrack post...

Madgrty ·
I'm currently making my own trestles and bridges around my layout as the original Lionel FasTrack elevated trestles aren't cutting it for me in size and looks (I'm a little picky with things...) but I can't figure out a way to make the FasTrack system look good up in the air due to the gravel base plate it is on. I know, I can always buy different track but I would rather use what I already have. I'm thinking about taking the rails off the base plate for the sections the track is "up in the...
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Bachmann EZ-Streets - impulse purchase by a newbie...

Murnane ·
I recently picked up a 16" loop of Bachmann EZ-Streets track and a pack of the 3" straights (or perhaps 4") at my LHS.  This was a complete impulse purchase but I thought it'd be fun to try out my Lionel Crew Car or my Lionel Christmas Hand...
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Cleaning tubular track

Dan Padova ·
I thought I had posted this question a few days ago, but I cannot seem to locate it. I cannot seem to locate alot of things these days. My question is on cleaning old tubular track. I like to solder my power leads to the rails. I brought out some old track last week to make a test oval. While there was no rust, the bright tinplate was tarnished. So in my wisdom, I took a maroon Scotchbrite pad and cleaned the spot where I wanted to solder, then cleaned the tops of the rails. How much does...
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3ftx3ft O-27 Layout Plan. Thouhts On This Track Plan??

Khayden93 ·
Building a new toy train layout using some of my dad’s postwar Lionel track and manual switch and my grandfather’s prewar Marx manual switches. Made part of this in Any Rail 5 and in Photo Shop Elements for my Lionel O27 3ft by 3ft Layout. These drawings are rough ideas and are not to scale. I might change the buildings and not sure the spot to add a road on the layout. The buildings will be printed card stock buildings. I’m leaning more towards card stock buildings since it would be a bit...
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32" HCD and 031 Tubular Track

Lirr Fan1 ·
Hello All: I have a (hopefully) simple question. Is a 32" wide board/HC Door wide enough to accept 031 curves? I have an old 32"x80" HCD and am contemplating a portable O gauge Tinplate layout.  Thanks, Michael
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Atlas O's 1 1/4" track question

Austin G. ·
I'm planing out my layout and what it's gonna cost to buy all the track I need and i need several os Atlas O's 1 1/4 track section. The one thing I'm not sure about is on Atlas's website ther list the track as "1-1/4” Straight (4pcs./blister)" Do they mean there's four of the 11/4" tracks or that there's 4 pecies for the section?
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Case of failed engine ID# change

Oman ·
The last time I ran my trains, I decided it was time to change the order of the locomotives in the remote. Today, when I ran them, one wouldn't respond. It sat on the track dark and silent. The remote said Engine Not On Track. So, I went to the DCS Companion 3RD Edition and soon found the answer. It would appear that the battery in that locomotive is low. When it was first added to my layout it was ID#7. During the last operating session I changed it to ID#3. To correct this problem, I...
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Feeders on Tubular Track: One Wire or Two?

JTrains ·
I’ve got a floor layout with about 150’ of tubular O track of various vintages, so it definitely benefits from various feeders to the farthest places in the layout. I’ve always only run one feeder wire (for the center rail), figuring that the outer rails have an almost infinite number of ways for current to reach them. I reason that between the two rails, axles, and the hundreds of cross-connected ties, electricity will find its most-efficient way there (or back). However, I’m curious: do...
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Help

Stewart763 ·
I have just got this large crossing I do not have lots of Fast Track but I have tried to make this plan as you can see it's a bit short my Question is can I use it in another way I was hoping to do a figure 8 on the carpet
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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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Homemade track cleaning car

Pete in Kansas ·
I had a piece of plate steel laying on my workbench that just happened to be about the right size to make a standard gauge car, I also has a couple of trucks Some old decals and a piece of a vinyl trim board that I used to fix my front porch. I put them together and it makes a track cleaning car that actually works. The abrasive pad I stole from the kitchen sink and attached it with a rubber band. The only things i bought for this masterpiece? of home engineering were the couplers, screws...
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How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

ES44AC ·
In designing track plans for a hopeful future layout, I've found scale drawings to be important in making the design accurate. I've tried to make scale drawings with ruler, say 1/2 inch = 1 foot on blank white paper, but that doesn't seem right. Most track plans I've seen are drawn on graph paper with one or four boxes representing a square foot. What am I doing wrong?
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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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K-Line O-81 Curved Track

Dan Padova ·
Looking for K-Line O-81 curves. Thanks.
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Layout Plan Critique of TPLEE, Thanks

tplee ·
Layout Plan Critique I would appreciate any comments positive or negative on this design that has had many revisions. I have included multiple prints of the design and photos of already completed areas. Included also is the digital file. If you have RR Track v5 you should be able to open it, if desired. The trains are in my barn that is heated and cooled with controlled humidity. The inside dimensions are 43.5’ x 28.5’. Trains occupy most of the barn, but some space is used for a shop, a...
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Re: Lionel Track Cleaning Fluid for Post War 3927

aussteve ·
I have used rubbing alcohol with a washcloth for years on my tubular track. I haven't had any problems. I think you would want to shut down any open campfires that were operational on your layout for sure. Also might want to be cautious around that new flame throwing smoking tank car I recently saw on the forum. I use scotchbrite pads for the older track. For really old track I used to use a wire brush on a grinder before putting on the layout.
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Re: Lionel Track Cleaning Fluid for Post War 3927

Joe Rampolla ·
Forum member Robert P "rlplionel" http://www.robertstrains.com/ once told me that Windex is a good substitute for the bottled track cleaner.
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Re: Lionel Track Cleaning Fluid for Post War 3927

Chuck Sartor ·
The original formula for the 3927 car is very similar to 409 or Fantastik cleaners.
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Re: Lionel Track Cleaning Fluid for Post War 3927

vallieone ·
Thank you Steve, Joe and Chuck.
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Re: Feeders on Tubular Track: One Wire or Two?

sinclair ·
Always install them in pairs. Electricity works by flowing. There has to be an "in" and an "out". The center rail is the "in", and the outer rails are an "out". I have found that almost all of my power issues on my carpet layouts have been due to poor connections and lack of feeds on the outer rail, never a center rail power issue.
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Re: Feeders on Tubular Track: One Wire or Two?

Ace ·
You are correct: with traditional 3-rail track there is less need for additional feeders to the running rails because there are two of them tied together, so that circuit theoretically has half the resistance of the center rail circuit. I maintain that additional feed wires are usually unnecessary for conventional 3-rail (on all but the largest layouts) if high-resistance rail joints are identified and fixed. But most guys find it easier to add feeders.
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Re: Feeders on Tubular Track: One Wire or Two?

C W Burfle ·
I add an outside rail feeder any place I have a center rail feeder. A piece of copper wire is always going to conduct electricity better than Lionel track with all those joints. Each joint has to be adding some resistance.
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Re: Feeders on Tubular Track: One Wire or Two?

walt rapp ·
isn't an outside return required if using DCS?
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Re: Feeders on Tubular Track: One Wire or Two?

phillyreading ·
I always add both positive and negative wires to my power feeds for my track. Tubular track can have drop outs where you least expect one. Usually best to use newer track then old rusty tracks. I have tried several track systems and I am staying with O gauge tubular track. Lee Fritz
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Re: Track Plan V1 - Little help from OGR Members

Seacoast ·
Just looking at Daves designs and they are great designs but a tight fit. How about an around the walls design? An Around the walls design will give you larger curves you don't have to take up huge areas for those peninsulas. You could go 24-36" deep on the straights too. You would need several liftout or bridges for access for those doors. If around the walls is desirable you could add two or so areas for a large yard, or engine service areas inside the around the walls area by use of large...
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Re: Track Plan V1 - Little help from OGR Members

PSU1980 ·
Dave, Sorry you will not be at York, was looking forward to meeting you. George, are you planning to attend? If so, let me know my email is in my profile. Well, I look at these, your right it was KM4, not three my typo but they are the same. Over the past few days, while I was not on the forum much I took the proposed layout to a few folks that have similar spaces or are in the process of building one after months of track work design. I got mixed ideas but all suggested moving the layout to...
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Re: Track Plan V1 - Little help from OGR Members

Seacoast ·
Hi Kevin, Unfortunately I can not make it to York TCA from New Hampshire. Busy time for me at work and family obligations right now. I wish York went until Sunday but some other time. Have fun, I see your posts to Jerry at Atlas . I'm thinking of purchasing the Atlas CZ set too.
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Re: Track Plan V1 - Little help from OGR Members

PSU1980 ·
George, i will take pictures of them and upload while I am there or over the weekend. I am having a debate with my self on if i purchase the GSC CZ set . I have on order the SP Daylight and all the car, the Allegheny and a few other items. I really like them and I might buy them as an investment - but that never works out. But at $1,595.00 that's not a bad price. I am not sure about the A-B-A unit - I would prefer Legacy but that does not appear to be on the horizon. I will post pictures.
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Re: Track Plan V1 - Little help from OGR Members

DoubleDAZ ·
Kevin, other than the entrance and door to the left of that, where do the other doorways go? I think you said you could replace the folding doors with curtains, but do they just go to other parts of the room or do they go to separate rooms?
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Re: lock-on ID

ron m ·
The basic Lock-on patent was awarded to Louis Caruso < http://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?d...37%2526RS=PN/1542337 > These special Lock-ons were developed for Lionel new accessories introduced in the mid-20s. The left one was furnished with "0" gauge 080 Semaphore; center was provided with the Standard gauge 80 Semaphore; right was provided with the Standard gauge 78 Block signal and the three-wire 82 Semaphore (there was also an "0" gauge version of this Lock-on for the 078 and 082...
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Re: O-22 Switch Track Controllers

Dan Padova ·
The momentary type is what I was thinking. I use DPDT spring loaded toggle switches for my G scale turnouts.
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Re: lock-on ID

Steve "Papa" Eastman ·
I need to pester my buddy Larry. He was collecting lock on's with the intent of making a display board of the different types.
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Re: lock-on ID

Steve "Papa" Eastman ·
Here are 4 types I have with the cam lock. The one on the right is O, the one on the left is O & Std depending on which side of the cam is engaged, the others are Standard. Steve
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Re: O-22 Switch Track Controllers

JohnGaltLine ·
While the switch may take up a little less room, I like using two push buttons. I really like illuminated buttons as you don't need any more room for indicator red/green lights. If you're into building a little circuit you can also use a single button where each push will throw the switch in the opposite direction. While a little uncommon, there are even push buttons with bi-color LEDs in them so a single hole in the panel could give both remote control and signal lights. Just adding my 2...
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Re: O-22 Switch Track Controllers

ADCX Rob ·
Yes. Momentary center off SPDT (On)-Off-(On).
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Re: O-22 Switch Track Controllers

Pine Creek Railroad ·
Dan P, Actually I like using the manual lighted FasTrack switch controller, track side to identify the number on each individual switch, for operating each switch with my Cab2. No longer do I have them mounted on a control panel, no need for this set up if you are running Command Control Switches. PCRR/Dave
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Re: lock-on ID

overlandflyer ·
thanks, Steve... the operation of the universal (Std/O) lock-on is much more apparent in your photo than in the catalog illustration. the double-sided Std gauge lock-on is very interesting (and likely rare?). and keep at your friend, that would be an invaluable aid. seeing the print on yours, i also took a closer look at my pictures... i can barely make it out, but it does look like it was once imprinted with "LIONEL <something>" which is now completely worn off. frankly since my...
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Re: O-22 Switch Track Controllers

decoynh ·
Dan I asked for help on the Electrical Forum here on OGR last month. After getting some advice I made this video of my test. I have ganged 10 of these little Atlas controllers in the space that 2 Lionel standard controllers. It takes patience but they work and then I also hooked up to an AIU based on advice in Barry's MTH DCS book.
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Re: lock-on ID

Steamer ·
hmm...got a couple of those myself. no idea who made them.
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Re: lock-on ID

Former Member ·
Here are pages from Lionel, Ives, and Flyer catalogs. Looks to me like Flyer and Ives are snap-on type, only Lionel has the rotating lever to lock the clip on the track? Click on these photos to blow them up so you can read them. These are my dad's old catalogs, I scanned them at 300dpi so they should be legible if enlarged. david
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Re: lock-on ID

overlandflyer ·
thanks David... i looked at my oldest Lionel catalog (1928) and sure enough they were still in use then, but in my defense not as boldly advertised as the 1923 catalog you pictured. looks like they were used up until 1936 changing in 1937 to a so-call universal lock-on ... maybe due to T-track? sort of surprised not to find an "L" somewhere on it. cheers...gary
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Re: lock-on ID

Former Member ·
It is funny that they aren't marked; but the things are mostly fiberboard, maybe there wasn't enough metal to mark? I have also wondered whether these were outsourced maybe to somebody who made them for everybody? they weren't exactly featured prominently in the catalogs... I always thought that "universal" referred to the lockons that fit both O Gauge and Standard Gauge... (Flyer called it narrow and wide gauge). I have some, and they actually do go on both sizes of track - on SG the metal...
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Re: lock-on ID

brwebster ·
Gary, The universal lock-on simply indicates those that fit both 0 and standard gauge. Not quite as common but definitely made by Lionel. Hojack: The type I'm familiar with used the same lever to lock and unlock. lever at 90 degrees to track was the unlocked position. Move the lever to the left or right locked the UTC to O or SG respectively Bruce
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Re: O-22 Switch Track Controllers

RichC ·
As stated by GunRunnerJohn said in this discussion, https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/t...-switch-controllers, you can use a standard SPDT switch. Probably a momentary style center off would be my advice to keep from cooking the mechanism. However, being a long time N scale person, may be the reason I suggest momentary.
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Re: How to Draw a Scale Layout Design?

Nicks Trains ·
Why don't you use SCARM? It's free, just search for it, download it, and plan away.
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