I got lucky a few years ago and got two complete 0-72 tubular loops and then had a local train store selling straight pieces of standard for $2 a piece, of which I bought about 12. Years later, the store is sold out and ebay is a mess of people selling O-27 straight pieces as standard for $5+ etc. Has standard, heavier O gauge tubular really become rare now? This is the track system I've settled on, and have my MTH and Lionel control systems and switches operating properly on. I just want another dozen or so straight pieces. Any clue what's going on with standard tubular these days?
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Menards offers it new. I think you will still find it at train shows. Also check Craigslist. Post to want to buy forum here.
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Is the Menard's the higher, heavier "standard" O? That's the problem I'm running into - sellers keep saying "standard O gauge" and it's actually the thinner O-27 stuff. I'm running big MTH Premier steam trains and the floppy O-27 just can't handle it and doesn't mate with the O-72 curve pieces. Is real standard O-gauge tubular actually going for $5+ a piece now?
Menards is standard "O". It has a different appearance than Lionel (number of ties on curves and level of polish or plating), but it mates with Lionel and K-Line.
Menards track is the exact replacement you’re looking for. Amazing value too!
If you just want a dozen and want the ties to match, Trainworld’s website says they have stock. #665500