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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Track Control Screen

Doc Swisher ·
I am building a large DCS-controlled layout, and will be using multiple TIU's and power districts, with 2 loops, A and B. Each TIU is powered by a separate Z4000.I will be using the Variable Channel (VC) TIU outputs. If I wire everything so that...
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Track Plan V1 - Little help from OGR Members

PSU1980 ·
Team, I am using RR-Track and have, with the help of a few folks been working on a new layout. This is my first pass and am looking for input, suggestion, recommendations, alterations or a complete redesign. I attached the PDF and if you need to file let me know. Thanks, Kevin
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Track Ties!

Basil ·
Who's got 49 1/2 in strips of balsa wood 36" long, a cutting structure and a knife?  This guy!  Hunkering down to make 750 O27 ties!  
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Train layout - next step after Figure 8 for children's train around tree?

christmastrains ·
Hi there - My son wants something more interesting in our layout.  We had the basic Polar Express O Gauge tracks, then last year added the Figure 8 layout pack. Here is what we have now: Item Quantity Lionel O 6-12015 FasTrack O36 Full Curve Track 12 Lionel O 6-12014 FasTrack 10" Straight Track 4 Lionel O 6-12024 FasTrack 5" Half Straight Track 4 Lionel O 6-12019 FasTrack 90 Degree Crossover Track 1 What is the next small to medium sized upgrade/addition of tracks we could add?  My...
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Track and joint resistance measurement

servoguy ·
I have been interested in making tight (read low resistance) connections between track sections for some time. I have tried using an ohmmeter with less than accurate or quick results. A few days ago, I rigged up a Kelvin connection for measuring...
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Weathered Track Experiment

ChessieFan72 ·
Hey Gang, I'm helping my nephew build a small layout to help prepare him for the bigger build of his little empire. One of the objects we'll be working on is weathering post war Lionel tubular track. I did some experimenting with...
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Whats The Best Way to Clean Postwar Lionel Track

Khayden93 ·
I got some track at a tag sale today. Whats the best way to clean Postwar Lionel Track?
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Wiring Multiple Clip Ons to Larger Track

Chris Schlitt ·
I am creating my first large and permanent Lionel Track. It is large enough that it requires multiple clip ons attached to the transformer (ZW transformer). I have read multiple books about how to do this, however for some reason I can't seem to figure it out and the circuit keeps overloading. Attached is schematic of my wiring, any help is greatly appreciated! (Schematic below in replies)
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Lionel Track Cleaning Fluid for Post War 3927

vallieone ·
Recently dug out my old post war track cleaning car with the little grey bottles. The fluid has since evaporated since it was used years ago. Lionel makes track cleaning fluid, but it appears that it is only available in their maintenance kit in a tiny bottle.  If there is a larger stand alone bottle, I can't find it Any suggestions what I can use in my car as a substitute that won't harm it?   Very hesitant to use denatured alcohol for fear of fire and harming the plastic.
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Normandy, Tennessee train track on video

Yardman ·
Watch until the end of this video, that my daughter made for her 4-H LifeSmarts team, to see the train tracks that run through my little town of Normandy,Tennessee. This is where I do my railfanning. The CSX mainline tracks run from Nashville to Chattanooga. So proud that she would include my hobby of railroading in her video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgynhfJVyPw
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question involving pre war loco and cleaning track

Patrick Kazy ·
Hi guys! I was just wondering whats the best way to clean my old style tubular track? I use a green pad that a older gentleman gave me at my train dealer shop. Well the tube track inhave someone painted the sides gray what's the best way of getting...
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legacy running as convential

Bobo ·
My legacy engine sometimes runs as a conventional engine.  That is, it doesn't respond to the Cab 2 unit.  When I power up the track the engine starts. I have 2 tracks and it does the same on each track.  Sometimes it runs fine as a Legacy engine. I have 2 180 power supplies, 2 400 track power controller I ave a 73-8432-250 engine  I just got it back from Lionel   Thanks    
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lock-on ID

overlandflyer ·
attached to some Flyer (O gauge) track (just as an example, it was the handiest piece of track i had laying around)... and other angles... actually i was wondering if there was a comprehensive listing of various makes/ types of power connectors ever published(?) thanks...gary
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O-72 #711 Switch Tracks

Dan Padova ·
I see that the prewar O-72 switch tracks have track pins on the center rails as they near the frog. Most of the pictures i have seen, the pin is bent. Is the bent pin supposed to be so. What about modern locos rolling over this portion of the switch ? Are there any issues with center rail rollers getting fouled in this area ? Some of the O-72 switches have molded plastic rails in this area. What are the pros and cons of prewar and postwar designs ?
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O-22 Switch Track Controllers

Dan Padova ·
I would like to simplify the control of my O22 switch tracks. Couldn't I use a SPDT spring loaded toggle switch to accomplish this ? It would save room on the control panel.
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Where can I get Lionel 027 42" switches?

santiagogomez ·
Hi, I am working on a layout right now, but I want to make it a vintage tubular 027 track, where can I get 42" switches? please help.
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WTB Lionel Legacy P.M. 6-11455 and Atlas O54, O63, O72 tracks

VinhCTrinh ·
I'm looking for new or close to new Lionel Legacy P.M. 6-11455 and Atlas O54, O63 and O72 curves. Please email me at VinhCTrinh1984@yahoo.com . Thanks in advance
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Tips for creating mountains and terrain in RR-Track?

Ted S ·
I've had limited success attempting to add realistic mountains and tunnels to my layouts in RR-Track v5.  I understand how the "Point" contour works, but I've had no success at all with the Open Line and Closed Line contours.  Frankly, even the Point contour results in odd effects where it intersects the track, and the edge of the terrain base. I actually managed to create a realistic slope by first extending the terrain, placing a point, and then retracting the terrain to its...
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Tips for Quieter Tubular Track?

Khayden93 ·
I’m building a portable O27 Lionel layout 38inches wide by four feet long. I’m using tubular track. My question is what is the best way to keep the noise down. I know toy trains are loud and I wont be running the trains at a fast speed. I have found a tip using window and door sealing foam strips under the ties helps keep some noise down and helps anchor the track to the base of the layout. Also is there options besides using foam board on the base of the layout to keep noise down that won't...
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Truck Tracking problem

lehighline ·
I noticed one of my non-powered diesels would constantly derail in the same spot on our modular layout. But none of the other NP units would derail there, or anywhere else on the layout for that matter. When I got home, I carefully checked the engine for something obvious- nothing found. So I got out a section of straight track, verified it was flat with a straight edge, a put the engine on it. The rear truck sits correctly on the track, with all 4 flanged wheel treads touching the track.
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Tubular track radii

Dan Padova ·
Since I am renewing my interest in O scale, I would like to know what radii are available for tubular track.  If I ever get a track planning program downloaded ( see my topic on track planning software ) , I would like to have an idea what I can do in the space I will be having available sometime in the next year or so.
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Lots of Lionel O-Gauge track

Errol ·
Hi all, I recently moved into a home and discovered a huge multi-layer railroad spanning most of my attic. If my research is correct, the track is "O-gauge", maybe O-27? I estimate there are several hundred feet of it. The straight sections are as large as 35" and less, with many curved pieces of various sizes. The track includes the connecting pins and ties, stamped with "Lionel." There is a large control box (home-made?) and other various other track accessories--something that looks like...
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O42 Switch Track

Dan Padova ·
I know that an O42 switch track is made or was made by Lionel in O27. Is there one made in "O". Tubular track.
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Roundhouse Track Power Wiring Diagram

Rich883 ·
We often get questions about a good way to wire the track within our Roundhouses to allow for good power distribution, and to support the ability to turn power on and off to each track.  We have done a simple diagram...
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RR-Track Help

Pat Marinari ·
I bought a new laptop running Windows 7 Professional and have had no luck installing my RR-Track program. I have bought a couple upgrades over the years (v4 and v5) which were installed over an old free version of RR-Track from MTH. I have the installation discs for v4 and v5 but can't find the original MTH disc. The upgrade discs look for a previously installed version of the software and will not install if they don't find it. The last time I replaced a computer, I called RR-Track and he...
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RR Track V5 issues

tplee ·
Has anyone else had an issue(s) or problem with version 5 RR Track software.  I have used previous versions and experienced some problems, but V5 seems more unstable.  It quits and I lose data regularly. it appears to lose even more data...
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New SuperSnap Track

carl552 ·
I decided to build my layout with a different type of track. The track is new and some of the straight track came from RMT the rest is K-Line purchased from Just Trains. I have between 16 and 100 of each type. Price is for each plus shipping 120" Curve                    $9.00 96" Curve                      $8.00 81" Curve                ...
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Prewar Marx 0-27 Compatible with Lionel 0-27 Track

Duksnfish ·
Hello everyone.  I'm new to the forums and really just getting started with train matters.  I just inherited my dad's old prewar Marx train set, Engine 391.  I am refurbishing it and just got it to work after sitting 40+ years.  The set doesn't have a lot of track with it so I am looking to see if Lionel 0-27 track is compatible with the prewar Marx 3 rail track.  I have the uncouplers and other switches I need for the original Marx track, so I am looking for info on...
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Sensor Car + Sensor track vs. TMCC ARC

Nicks Trains ·
Hello, first of all, sorry if this is redundant, but, when spending precious train dollars, I had better not be hasty and make the wrong choice. I posted a thread about a week ago that had to do with lionel's "technology boxcars." In that thread, I asked about the sensor cars, asking what they would do. The answer was that it would be able to activate recordings stored in the sensor track and (for legacy) be able to trigger the 8 programmable "actions" contained within the sensor track. My...
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Short piece of o gauge flexible track

Basil ·
I'm looking for a short piece of flexible track, 8-10" would suffice.
 
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