I may be in the wrong Forum but Here it goes.
Good Afternoon everyone. My Day to clean the house top to bottom. Waiting for floors to dry ; I decided to send out a request as I build Small layouts for children in need for Christmas. I have received a fair amount of donations through my local O Gauge Train Club in Farmington, MN. Lately there have been a lot of Tubular O Gauge Donations Lionel & Menards O-27, O-31, O-36. I have also received a few older train engines, cars, transformers, buildings … (postwar). One of my concerns: Can the tubular be used safely, by the younger children if using older postwar transformers with No fast acting breaker... ? My other concern is limited parental supervision, "electrical shock" and could I be liable for an injury?. I write & print a copy of the suggested rules and the dangers of beverages … around the track , (also requesting the instructions be read before using) and the transformer but they seem to be ignored. When I talk to the children age10+ occasionally who I have donated to and they come by our train layout in the Senior Center. I learn they go home after school-plug it in and run the trains while drinking a cola or … when parents are not home. Thus being concerned; I suggest that this should not be done I get "The Look!"🙄.
Also, Next year I may be building layouts on 3 inch foam vs wood/foam due to cost. I will be experimenting this spring with tubular on foam … . Your thoughts?
1). Tubular Track: Lionel, Menards with older transformers concern about safety for children & my liability? 2). Wood or 3 inch Foam with Tubular Track any one tried it?
Below is the most recent Layout 3x4 MTH with Post War Diesel, Menards car … with a MTH Z-500 (fast breaker) Brick …. I will be donating to a 10 year old in my community for Christmas His mom is thrilled.
Your Thoughts', Ideas are greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Rambling River Center Train Club