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Floor layout redo 2020 multi-train fun

Michael V ·
Here’s a new floor layout in honor of the New Year. I wanted something for the grandkids involving the bridge and trains running under it for some fun. Starting with a figure 8 for the Santa Fe mainline, I then managed two separate double dog bone reversals on either side of the main figure 8 and was able to have all 3 trains going under the bridge area. It’s got lots of movement and let’s hope the grandkids enjoy it.
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Re: Control Panel for floor layout.

rtr12 ·
I have not, but I sure do like the looks of the devices on either side of the transformer. Since you call them by number I guess they are Lionel items from the past. Very nice.
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Dreyfuss Hudson ·
Cool. The Z is my favorite Trans. Looks totally Frankenstein; especially with the Switch tower controllers next to it. Nice.
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Dreyfuss Hudson ·
Did you put a new power cord on your Z?
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Pete in Kansas ·
I bought the Z from an OGR forum member about a year ago and it came ready to use. It can't be the original cord. I also bought rollers and rivets so I can get inside sometime and if needed replace them but at the moment all 4 controls work smoothly so I'm leaving it alone. I was using a KW for my floor layout and what a differance the Z makes. With all the lights I'm running off the track the KW just wasn't enough to also run the trains but the Z does fine.
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ADCX Rob ·
Here's a more modern transformer/control rack I used at Christmas 2013:
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Re: layout with hobby shop display

kwj427 ·
pictures of similar ones would be great!
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Re: layout with hobby shop display

Timothy Sprague ·
Not exactly sure what you are asking for Kenny. Do you want to build a layout and put a HOBBY SHOP BUILDING on the layout? Or are you looking to build a HOBBY SHOP STYLE layout (otherwise known as a Display Layout)? If you're looking for ideas for a layout, would be good to know; • the size you have o work with (size of room, any barriers, etc) • the type layout you want (island, or around the room) • the style you would like to accomplish - High-rail, toys-like, tinplate? A list of trains...
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Re: Christmas off the floor

RoyBoy ·
I like the way both trains can enter and exit the station.
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Adriatic ·
Looks good. Thanks for sharing. Video looks great, but one needs some sound editing though, I can't year you. The edit beeps are plenty loud though, don't raise the volume without clipping that out.
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Moonman ·
Nicely done! Clever table assembly. Thanks for sharing the layout.
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rtr12 ·
Enjoyed the video, thought it was well done. Also a nice Christmas layout, I liked the way it was built too.
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Re: History - Box cars in Ford Detroit manufacturing plant

Dieselbob ·
That is Ford's Highland Park plant in Detroit which was the largest auto assembly plant in the world until Ford's River Rouge plant overtook it. Designed by the architect Albert Kahn in close collaboration with Henry Ford, it was a real step forward in factory design and was the place where the moving auto assembly line and the Five Dollar Day were born. Much of the facility still exists, and Ford has in the past used it for storage.
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NKP779 ·
That is an amazing set of photographs. I don't recall seeing an industrial enterprise on that scale since I went through the "Rau" PRR Altoona Shops photographs.
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Control Panel for floor layout.

Pete in Kansas ·
Anyone ever make one for a floor layout? I put the one in the picture together to hold my Lionel Z and the 440C and 439 control Panels. The top lifts up so I can hide terminal strips and whatever else I need to and keep it somewhat neat. I haven't wired it yet, just running the trains with it but it keeps everything together and looks good. If anyone else had made anything similar could you please post pictures?    Thanks     Pete
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layout with hobby shop display

kwj427 ·
hi, i would like to build a layout with hobby shop display. i would appreciate any ideas on floor plans, and layout, and sizes? thanks kenny
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layout with hobby shop display

kwj427 ·
hi, i would like to build a layout with hobby shop display. i would appreciate any ideas on floor plans, and layout, and sizes? pictures would be great ! thanks kenny
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Identifying a Wooden Floor Train

Joe Lyons ·
That other post about the wooden trolley conversion reminded me about a wooden floor train I have. I picked it up in a RailRoad Museum near Ventura, CA back around 1998 or 1999. It's a wooden floor train with the initials STC on it. Everytime I search for info on it I come up short. Is anyone familiar with this, who made it, and what the STC stands for?
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GGD Powhatan Arrow Warped Floor Fix

Gilly@N&W ·
There was mention on another thread discussing the GGD Powhatan Arrow cars that there was an issue with warped floors. This morning, I emailed Scott Mann. Scott replied promptly with this.... Hi Tom, Yes, after being shaken up in shipping the flexible floor can have a wave to it, high at one end low at the other. There are 6 anchor screws in the floor, 4 at the ends and 2 in the middle. Apparently not enough. Luckily there is a very easy and quick fix. I use 1/8" thick foam tape. I cut it...
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History - Box cars in Ford Detroit manufacturing plant

Garrett76 ·
On page 7, I think those are box cars on the floor of the plant. Pretty cool slide deck
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Christmas off the floor

John2290 ·
Hi; It’s been a long time since I posted but I enjoy reading this forum almost daily. My Christmas layout (never had a permanent one) needed to change due to a relocation, so I decided it was also time to get things up off the floor. Here is a video my son had some fun with for the new setup: https://youtu.be/li7s8S1MKfI Way outside my comfort zone being in a video and on a mic, hope it’s worth sharing for someone out there :) The old floor based video is still available too: ...
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Options other than using foamboard

Khayden93 ·
Looking to build a small layout. The layout will have a tempered hardboard base then foam and track on top of the foam board. Any options other than using foam board for a base that will still keep trains quieter but not cost so much?  ...
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EricF ·
Originally Posted by Salvagni: Has anyone ever tried building the "deck" like a stud wall laid horizontally and stuffed with batt insulation? wonder if that would work with sound absorption. I would avoid it. Too much of a fire hazard.
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sawdust43 ·
Originally Posted by RideTheRails: A few years ago I attempted to make a small layout out of card board (corrugated paper). It was going to be a simple figure 8 under and over. It was going to be built totally out of card board. I gave up on it because I couldn't find large enough sheets of card board. Also cardboard from different manufacturers is different thicknesses. Places in the cardboard where folds occurred also caused irregularities when I started to assemble the layout. It was just...
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Matthew B. ·
Your choices should be focused on the type of track you're using. If you're trying to mitigate the sounds of Fastrack most of the niose comes from the resonating of the the plastic roadbed and without filling the void inside of it you're not going to quiet it down with any solid surface including quiet brace. The best sound mitigation for fastrack is floating it over carpet. Quietbrace is good for traditional tubular and solid rail track:Lionel, Gargraves, Atlas...
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RideTheRails ·
Originally Posted by sawdust43: Originally Posted by RideTheRails: A few years ago I attempted to make a small layout out of card board (corrugated paper). It was going to be a simple figure 8 under and over. It was going to be built totally out of card board. I gave up on it because I couldn't find large enough sheets of card board. Also cardboard from different manufacturers is different thicknesses. Places in the cardboard where folds occurred also caused irregularities when I started to...
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j white ·
Originally Posted by Salvagni: Has anyone ever tried building the "deck" like a stud wall laid horizontally and stuffed with batt insulation? wonder if that would work with sound absorption. I didn't use batt insulation, but I placed 1/2" (I think) blue styrofoam under the layout between the joists. I can't say it was worth the trouble. The layout is a bit quieter, but not enough to get excited about. Toy trains are loud; sometimes they just aren't as loud. I glued them to the underside of...
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Cho Cho Wally ·
I used OSB (7/16") for my underlayment (uniform strength in all directions) with 1/2" Quiet Brace loosely cemented on top. After considering GarGraves flex, I chose the good ol' tubular O gauge track so that the insulation board could absorb the noise; the 40" sections reduces the frequency of the clickity clack. I attached the track with #4 X 1 1/4"(?) panhead black screws but with a rubber washer next to the tie. Works like a charm. Between running at realistic speeds and the above system,...
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handyandy ·
Rubber washers on the track screws? Hmmmm.... I'll have to try that out! Awesome
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gsn1 ·
I used "Sounding Board" on my layout and it works great. A replacement for Homasote, but cheaper ($13 4x8) . Can't get it a Lowes or Home Depot but if you have a local lumber yard they should be able to at least get it, if they don't stock it. If you enlarge the picture your will see the "Sounding Board" on top of the 3/4in plywood You can see other pictures of my layout at https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/t...ck-plan-with-scenery
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Moonman ·
Use the 2mm underlament that is used under laminate floors. It is a dense, closed-cell type foam that has a higher sound absorption rating than any board. Spray adhesive (3M 77) around the edge, roll out and stick. Trim to fit. Roberts Blackjack or the Floor muffler product at Home Depot. Then you could put a Woodland Scenics vinyl grass mat on top of that. Spray adhesive. 3M 77. Trim to fit. I just built a small table for my grandson out of 1 x 4's, rabbeted top edge, 1/4 flooring wood.
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Khayden93 ·
Originally Posted by Moonman: Use the 2mm underlament that is used under laminate floors. It is a dense, closed-cell type foam that has a higher sound absorption rating than any board. Spray adhesive (3M 77) around the edge, roll out and stick. Trim to fit. Roberts Blackjack or the Floor muffler product at Home Depot. Then you could put a Woodland Scenics vinyl grass mat on top of that. Spray adhesive. 3M 77. Trim to fit. I just built a small table for my grandson out of 1 x 4's, rabbeted...
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Dewey Trogdon ·
Quietbrace is very economical compared to Homasote but you need to apply a coat of cheap latex paint to cover the impregnated tar surface.
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jmiller320 ·
I went to a fabric store and found some foam with a peal and stick backing. It was about 24" X 36". I picked up a piece and thought I could trim it to fit under the FasTrack. So far I used some to cover a metal bridge deck to keep the track from shorting out. I also found a roll of carpet that I can best describe as the material they use to line your car trunk with. The material is like a course felt thats about 1/8 inch thick. I think I can paint ir and sprinkle some ground foam and I'm...
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billshoff ·
I agree with Dewey; Quiet Brace is about 7 or 8 bucks per 4'x8' sheet and works very well. It's available at some Home Depots.
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Rocky Mountaineer ·
Originally Posted by billshoff: ... Quiet Brace is about 7 or 8 bucks per 4'x8' sheet and works very well. It's available at some Home Depots. ... Seems more prevalent at Home Depot stores in the Midwest and some Southern states. No sign of it up here in the Northeast when I last checked. David
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jmiller320 ·
When I started building my layout I looked for Quiet Brace. I had no luck finding any in the Baltimore Metro Area. I live about 35 miles from the city. I called the company that makes the stuff and they told me there is only one factory making Quietbrace and it is available in a limited market. Home Depot is one of the distributers, but in order to have any shipped to the local store I needed to buy a full pallet. I didn't need 40 sheets so I passed. I decided to use one inch green foam on...
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Salvagni ·
Has anyone ever tried building the "deck" like a stud wall laid horizontally and stuffed with batt insulation? wonder if that would work with sound absorption.
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AlanRail ·
However, in order for you to achieve the sound deadening results you are looking for, there must never be any direct physical connection between the Homasote or other material and the plywood base. This means glue or caulking but no screws, nails or brads of any kind, ever! If you are using brads or nails to mount the track, make sure they are sized so as not to penetrate beyond the thickness of the Homasote. As soon as one nail penetrates beyond the isolation matting and into the plywood...
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jmiller320 ·
Bottom line is all trains are noisy. Run them slower and they are not as loud.
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billshoff ·
Originally Posted by Salvagni: Has anyone ever tried building the "deck" like a stud wall laid horizontally and stuffed with batt insulation? wonder if that would work with sound absorption. If wouldn't be a cheap as Quiet Brace, that's for sure.
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RideTheRails ·
A few years ago I attempted to make a small layout out of card board (corrugated paper). It was going to be a simple figure 8 under and over. It was going to be built totally out of card board. I gave up on it because I couldn't find large enough sheets of card board. Also cardboard from different manufacturers is different thicknesses. Places in the cardboard where folds occurred also caused irregularities when I started to assemble the layout. It was just a test to see if it could be done.
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Re: Identifying a Wooden Floor Train

overlandflyer ·
they were made by the Seaver Toy Company, Burbank, CA. in business from 1946 - 1966. cheers...gary
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Joe Lyons ·
Thanks Gary. Even armed with that info it's hard to find anything about sets they made.
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overlandflyer ·
after searching a bit more, i have a feeling sets were pretty basic. your pictures show their diesel locomotive, maybe an express reefer, and passenger cars, +?. here is a steam freight set i found... locomotive, tender, maybe now a boxcar and caboose. and some other wooden toys... a firetruck and a crane. this was likely a very small business; perhaps just a family. fun stuff. cheers...gary
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Joe Lyons ·
Cool stuff. I found a scan of a cover of a catalog. I'd like to see inside it.
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Re: Floor layout redo 2020 multi-train fun

Sean007 ·
Mike - not sure about your grandkids, but I enjoyed the floor layout!
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Old Newbie ·
Very nice! What item # is the blinking caboose?
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Re: Floor layout redo 2020 multi-train fun

Michael V ·
Lol thanks Sean. It’s the second configuration since before Christmas and I do enjoy it also
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Carl J ·
Mike— enjoyed seeing your floor layout design and operation. Looks like you have several reverse loops with automatic switches for the non-derailing. Thanks for posting. Carl J
 
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