Tagged With "Layouts"

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Re: Layouts to Visit in Seattle Area

JimQ ·
Does anyone in the Seatle area have anyt suggestions that I can pass on to me club member?
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Re: Layouts to Visit in Seattle Area

JimQ ·
Still waiting for some info...
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Re: Layouts to Visit in Seattle Area

Jerrman ·
don't know about oscale or hi-rail, but there's a very nice, large HO club layout (puget sound model engineers club) in the washigton state history museum in Tacoma. it is very computerized and the modeling is very good. all based on prototype structures in the area. also, if you are interested in automobiles, the new Lemay auto museum has one of the country's premier collections in a brand new building, very well displayed. The Lemay is only about 10 minutes from the historical museum. jerrman
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Re: Layouts to Visit in Seattle Area

jlm1973 ·
Eastside Trains in Kirkland has two nice layouts in the store. One is ho and n scale and the second is o and s scale.
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Re: Layouts to Visit in Seattle Area

BradA ·
Contact Dave or Ted Hikel and see if you can visit the NW truck lines in Medina.... a great layout and the Hikel's are great guys! There are numerous 2R O fellas, not sure how to intro you to some of them as I do not know them personally.
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Re: Layouts to Visit in Seattle Area

Former Member ·
Hi Jim, I'd be happy to show your club member the NWTL layout. However, it would have to be sometime on Friday, 10/12. If he's flying in Friday afternoon I'd be willing to pick him up at the airport if it helps. I'm not at the layout on Saturday or Sunday. The NWTL is a 15 minute drive from Eastside Trains, so it usually makes a good double header for folks visiting.
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Re: Layouts to Visit in Seattle Area

JimQ ·
Thanks to all who have replied to date... I know John is monitoring this thread but I will let him know personally as well...
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Re: Atlas O's 1 1/4" track question

wsdimenna ·
4 pieces in a pack. Its the smallest piece you can buy.
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Re: Atlas O's 1 1/4" track question

Jan ·
There are four 1-1/4" sections of track in the package. Jan
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Re: Atlas O's 1 1/4" track question

prrhorseshoecurve ·
Yes to the above!
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Re: Atlas O's 1 1/4" track question

Austin G. ·
ok just wanted to check. Thanks Everyone!
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Re: Atlas O's 1 1/4" track question

Mike CT ·
You may find these track tie end pieces useful. It allows for custom lengths. Part 6057
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Re: Atlas O's 1 1/4" track question

Boilermaker1 ·
The 1 1/4s are incredibly fragile, as there's only a few ties holding the rail in. I've had a number of them where even a slight jolt while assembling them has knocked a rail off. It can be put back on with some super glue, but if this is a "fitter" as part of a larger run, you're better off getting a 40" rigid straight and just cutting off what you need (for example, cut a 21.25" piece, rather than 2 10"s and a 1.25). If you're screwing it down, you dont need the tie plate ends either, just...
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Have a Traintastic Thanksgiving!!

Traindame ·
All the TW TrainWorx Traingineers wish each of our OGR Forum friends a Tip Top Traintastic Thanksgiving! Looking forward to enjoying time with friends, family, loved ones and of course... playing with trains! Hard to believe it was a year ago the Traingineers were putting on the finishing touches to a custom layout that features an elevated Polar Express Themed section with North Pole Village, Santa, Elves, and the Polar tunnel. Traingineer Ben put together this video of the finished...
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Layout Update #11

Maxrailroad ·
Hey everyone! Here is the latest from the layout! Go Eagles!
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Layout Design Assistance for J&SO Lines

tcochran ·
Since I think I am going to have to yank up all my track to run more power drops. I figured it might be a good time to think about possibly redesigning my current track plan. I will include what I currently have and the dimensions of my bench work. On the benchwork (labeled TrainTableExact) diagram there are some brown rectangles that roughly correspond to a false wall I plan on putting a backdrop on. It is not exact but very close. I have attached the scarm files and jpegs of my current...
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Chrysler Building coming along...

Traindame ·
Got a call last month from Diana who'd found TW TrainWorx while surfing online during what they were calling the "Bomb Cyclone" that hit Boston and Eastern states last month... long story short - she's a bigger toy train fan than her husband.... anything's possible :) She also loves buildings and has quite a collection of Landmark Buildings and will soon be able to add the TW TrainWorx Custom Chrysler Building we offer in our Classic Landmark Series. Here are some process photos of the...
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Would you buy a home with an award winning layout or sell your home with your train layout?

trainroomgary ·
Would you buy a home with an award winning layout or sell your home with your train layout? 1. This home has a award winning model train layout in the basement. 2. Famous Model Railroader, Pete Walton has his home for sale and he is giving tours on YouTube. 3. This layout was featured in Model Railroaders: “Great Model Railroads of 2018” . 4. This could be your home with a ward winning layout, "Turn Key Layout" Discussion questions. 1. Would you purchase a home with a turn key layout? 2.
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Easy to use sketch programs

Pat Coil ·
Anyone know of an easy to use sketch program that I can use to create a model/sketch of my layout? Thanks
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From an Idea to your Layout. Our our kit designing process explained. Part One

Right On Track Models ·
Kit design is not so much unlike scratch building but with the end product in mind for mass producing. We try to make each structure unique with one exception, use parts and materials that we stock and or easily obtained. Our kits all start as an idea from a photograph, or a real structure. In this series of posts we will be working with an upcoming kit "Broadway Freight House". We currently produce this kit in HO so the actual drawing stage was much less time consuming. This kit was based...
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From an Idea to your Layout. Our our kit designing process explained. Part Two

Right On Track Models ·
Several hours later, six sheets are cut . All of the parts are laid out and then a decision of where to start with the assembly of the kit. We try to start with the largest part of the structure and build from there. Important aspects of the kit are observed, such as strengthening walls, gluing what part to what part and most important is how to explain in detail to the end user so it is as clear as possible. We build as this will be on our own layout but keeping in mind that others will be...
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Wiring new layout with insulated connectors

Bryant Dunivan 111417 ·
I am finishing up the rail laying phase of my project. Total track length is 2,033 inches with 14 switches. My question is: 1) Will I distribute power to center rail from a central point (buss) feeding individually from the buss to various locations for smooth power distribution? 2) Is the power (on/off) to each section controlled by insulators installed on outside rail. Or am I insulating the center rail instead. I did a search for a book that might be really up-to-date, but nothing new...
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please share photos of your layout lights

Garrett76 ·
Would like to see pics of layouts with a lighted scenery elements (bridges, street lights, beacons, buildings, crossbucks, etc). The more the better. Less room/ambient lighting is also good. Thanks!
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where to put a bascule bridge

Garrett76 ·
where is the bascule bridge on your layout? on a mainline? is there a way to detour around should the unit fail to operate? any related scenery elements (tugboat, harbor, etc)? thanks!
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Desperately in need of HELP with completing layout design. New to Lionel Fastrack & o gauge

Guitarhulk ·
Good Morning All, My name is Anthony and I am working on customizing an o gauge fastrack layout I found online. I am new to o gauge and the fastrack system and I’m running into some problems selecting the right tracks to complete the layout. I just downloaded the SCARM custom software to test out the idea I have and I can’t seem to connect the loops. I was wondering if someone out there would be able to help me finalize this layout with the correct pieces that will complete the layout or a...
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Programmable code interactivity on layouts

Garrett76 ·
This is freakin' cool. If one of the O gauge manufacturers could figure out how to create some accessories or interfaces that involve programmable code and customization of the operating experience, I think that would be a big advancement in the hobby. Lego is leading the way with this tech through their passenger and cargo trains https://www.pcmag.com/news/361265/legos-powered-up-platform-lets-kids-code-their-own-fun?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title
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Comprehensive demo of Lionel's Layout Control System (LCS) all current features?

Ted S ·
Can anyone point me to a comprehensive demonstration of Lionel's LCS? I put my layout plans on the shelf a few years ago, and kind of stepped away from the hobby. Meanwhile I know that Lionel has added sensor tracks, electronic modules, coal and water levels on locomotives, etc. So what does the finished product do when it's all put together and operating as an integrated system, especially for someone who is interested in realistic operation? I'm hoping there's a Lionel factory demo, or a...
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>> Ferroequinologist Friday Feature... <<

Traindame ·
It's Friday! Not just any Friday but our last one in February 2018 - yikes talk about time flying by faster than the proposed Bullet Train from Dallas to Houston... Geez!!! I've started something new for all my Trainiac friends and will be featuring a TW TrainWorx Product on a "Ferroequinologist FRIDAY" :) Really, we simply don't have enough FUN - right? So, our FFF today is our OGauge Locomotive Service Platform Kit - $57.00 that we introduced at 2016 Spring York. Without further ado...
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Please comment on current 13.5'x9.5' layout

Kirk R ·
I've been working on this layout for some time and I think I came upon a design I actually like. It is 13.5'x9.5' and has 3 separate loops, an Inglenook siding, reverse loops, access and room for operating accessories based upon some recent track and engine acquisitions that forced me to adjusted the previous design (which I was not in love with anyway). Total size is 13.5'x9.5' with a fully independent, elevated (trestle opportunity) outer O72 loop. I played with on/off ramps for this outer...
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Critique my Layout

Doug Kinsman ·
So I am brand new to SCARM and this will be my first "serious" build (currently have $400 of track on a 4X8). I want a mountain to run my shay on and at least two independent loops so the kids can control their trains without fear of a wreck. The reverse loops, although making the layout seem busy, I am hoping will provide a nice Mt. plateau for a logging scene on the elevation and the 2nd reverse loop will be mostly hidden by the plateau. Disregard the baseboard overhang and how close some...
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Layout Plan Feedback

Cmschroeder456 ·
Hello All, Looking for some input and feedback on my layout design. Getting back into the hobby for the first time since being a kid. The table is 4x8, but will probably extend a few inches on each side for clearance in case of a derailement. Structure up top is a engine house I am working on assembling, and I'd like to have the ability to run two trains and do a little switching all in some small space. I will also try and use the small area available to work on some scenery detail in which...
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Fastrack layout plan

Recovered ·
I currently operate on a 5x9 table and I am in the planning and track purchasing phase for a larger layout. I would appreciate any thoughts on sidings ,stub tracks, crossovers wyes etc ,suggestions or help with a material list. I am not familiar with scarm etc so I do my planning with pencil and paper. Details layout area 16'x8' with a 30" walk area around the perimeter, 6' wide access to the room which is located in a finished basement.72" curve outer loop 48" inner.I currently have legacy...
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Imagine PTC on your layout....

rrman ·
I finished several articles in Railway Age and Progressive Railroad magazines about how RR are coping with PTC and attendant problem, which made me wonder, facetiously of course, what if we had to emulate layout PTC. Lets see, first off any of those expensive beautifully detailed CPL, PRR position, semaphore etc signals need ripping out and replaced with boring Darth Vader hood signals. Then install telephone poles with a miniature antenna or if mountainous terrain, antenna towers. If no...
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TW TrainWorx B57 Steel Arch Bridge Kit... $7 Off with Code

Traindame ·
TW TrainWorx B57 Steel Arch Bridge Kit is on *SALE*, $7 off with Coupon Code FFF - enter upon Checkout: TWX B57 Bridge Kit $7 off this kit expires Friday - 6/15/18: TWX B57 Bridge Kit Happy Tracks! TrainDame aka Dorcie Farkash TW TrainWorx (214) 634-2965 Dallas, TX | Concord, NC ALL PRODUCTS MADE IN THE USA! www.blog.traindame.com
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Layout Update Video by Chris A -

chris a ·
Finally got things cleaned up enough to shoot a short video showing the progress. Decided to narrate to describe the layout design so that you don't have to try and figure out what I decided to build... The whole layout has been built in irregular shaped modules which can be taken apart and moved.... Yes it's alot more work building it and wiring it this way, but I seriously doubt I will be able to start another layout from scratch.... So far, it's worked out well, the engine service...
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TrainDame travels underneath 202 sq.ft. table top...

Traindame ·
Cheers! Having more fun than a person should be allowed this morning as the Traingineers focus on dismantling a TW TrainWorx custom New Haven themed O Gauge Layout that is by far our most incredibly intricate and electronically involved layout designed to date! What am I talking about?? Having our East Coast Director, Mike Reagan, here in our Dallas Studio has been quite educational for moi. I've learned more in the last 48 hours than I ever thought possible... but when you're learning from...
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Anyone run scale trains on Lionel's Fastrack?

jd-train ·
I've been away from the forum for awhile, as I tore down my basement layout about 16 months ago. That layout was a traditional layout using Ross/Gargraves. Fast-forward and we have moved into a new rental townhouse until I retire (4 more years) and I have the basement rec room for my trains. I'm looking at a carpet layout and have a 16' x 12' area available for use. I have spent some time and have come up with the following two layouts: The outer loop has O-84 curves while the inner loop has...
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crawlspace basement layout

Garrett76 ·
Anyone build a layout in a crawlspace? I'm buying a house with a 1/2 basement (unfinished) and it's going to be mostly filled with non-train items in storage. I just had an epiphany that I could fit a layout with very large radius turns into the unused area. During the home inspection, the crawlspace appeared to be very clean and spacious. The surface is about 4 ft above the regular basement floor and the opening is about 2-3 ft tall. It seems all finished in cement with no exposure to the...
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layout cameras and single monitor display

Garrett76 ·
I have a separate thread going about a crawlspace layout I am considering. Related to that, I would like to place multiple IP cameras around the layout and view the feeds on a single monitor at the head of the layout. Anyone know a simple way to rig this up? I was thinking a home security camera package would do the trick without the need to include a PC. Maybe there's an older set that has dropped in price? I would prefer wired setup, there is enough wireless radiation in my life. Hoping to...
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Oh Happy DAY!

Traindame ·
New post from my TrainDame blog all about the very first Custom TW TrainWorx Layout fabricated by our East Coast Director, Mike Reagan, in North Carolina! Lots of pictures :) Enjoy! TrainDame Blog - It's All in a Day Happy Tracks! TrainDame aka Dorcie Farkash TW TrainWorx Dallas, TX | Concord, NC (214) 634-2965
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Greater Penn RR Final Track Plan (Well 99.9% sure it's final)

Kreuz ·
Well, since my first post about designing my first permanent layout two years ago, I think I have a final track plan. A lot has changed in that time, including the room that the layout will be in. Instead of a spare bedroom, I was able to procure the bonus room, so I have a 15'x'18' room to work with. The fact that my son moved in with me and needed that bedroom, made the negotiation much easier. Will also make it much easier for us to spend time together on the build. If your interested in...
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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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pics of living room layout

Garrett76 ·
Hi, does anyone have a permanent layout in their formal living room, not a dedicated train room? Trying to find some some pics on how a finished layout might be integrated into a room that is intended and decorated for a more domestic purpose Thanks
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Star Wiring for Around the Room Shelf Layout DCS

Darran ·
I have build an around the room shelf layout, its roughly 12'x12' and no more than 2' deep benchwork. I suck at electrical, and Im trying to understand how to wire for DCS. What I have read is that star wiring is the best, so my question would be: For me to be able to run two main lines on their own power feeds from the TIU, what is the best way to run star wiring on an around the room shelf layout? Do I just run a feeder to an MTH distribution block and then run feeders from the block to...
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**Standard Gauge Millhouse River Turntable...First EVER!**

Traindame ·
We have got the coolest layouts underway in both our Dallas McGowan Street and Concord, NC Studios making this Spring Totally Traintastic-TERRIFIC ! I have the pleasure of being able to walk out on the studio floor here in Dallas to document the process as we go along and this morning we've got the Traingineers preparing for the installation of a *FIRST EVER, STANDARD GAUGE TURNTABLE* that our great friends from Millhouse River Studio custom made for us. Enjoy some process photos: Happy...
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**BNSF Layout heading to OMAHA, NEBRASKA**

Traindame ·
The Traingineers are doing some spring cleaning and sprucing up on the BNSF Layout which will be loaded into a 53 footer and trucked to Omaha, Nebraska for the 2018 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder's Meeting, May 5th. I captured Chief Traingineer, Roger Farkash, touching up the river... check it out! Happy Tracks! TrainDame aka Dorcie Farkash TW TrainWorx (214) 634-2965 www.blog.traindame.com www.twtrainworxstore.com
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High-Risk Railroading (video)

RailRide ·
Saw this years ago (before there was a place here where it wouldn't be offtopic), just found it this morning again: As the description says, "model train without model railroad" And lest you think he only runs "train set" consists up there: Here's a cab ride that illustrates just how minimalistic the suspended trackage really is. According to the owner's answer to a comment in the video below, it's 4mm stainless steel circular rod, attached to plexiglass "ties" with superglue. He bent the...
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An Ideal Layout

Dan Padova ·
While reading through the latest edition of Classic Toy Trains, I read the story about Robert Sherman's Ideal Lionel Layout. I've seen many layouts for tubular track. I found this one unique, in that it doesn't have an outer loop of track. If you study the plan, you may find it allows for quite a bit of operation for the little bit of track it has. It has room for plenty of operating accessories. Plus a passenger train can be run without affecting freight operation.
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15x5 basement layout

Garrett76 ·
I'm about to enter the brotherhood of the basement layout. Will probably be able to swing a 15x5 layout with some additional area for a freight yard. This is my initial design in Lionel Fastrack. The lower level is a large figure 8 with locomotive service yard and turnouts for the freight yard. The upper level is elevated with some bridges. I have the unlicensed version of SCARM, so couldn't have all track pieces in one file. Had to break into two and overlay the images.
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Layout builders in Boston, MA area?

David Ogletree ·
Hi friends, don't know if this is the right forum to post on for this, but does anyone have a recommendation for someone who does layout building in the Boston, MA area? I haven't run into anyone who does that work up here, but it seems likely there are some good folks around. Appreciate any suggestions! David Ogletree, Needham, MA (781) 799-4335 cell deogletree@aol.com
 
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