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I am thinking about creating a small Superstreets layout with a leftover piece of Homasote and a Plymouth Switcher. My problem is that SCARM does not have Superstreets in its available libraries, and I am unwilling to spend money at this time to buy a track software package which does. Are there printable, full-scale templates of Superstreets/EZ-Streets track available online? Is there another freeware track software which has a Superstreets library? Are there any other ways to plan a Superstreets layout?   

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Originally Posted by pittsburghrailfan:

I am thinking about creating a small Superstreets layout with a leftover piece of Homasote and a Plymouth Switcher. My problem is that SCARM does not have Superstreets in its available libraries, and I am unwilling to spend money at this time to buy a track software package which does. Are there printable, full-scale templates of Superstreets/EZ-Streets track available online? Is there another freeware track software which has a Superstreets library? Are there any other ways to plan a Superstreets layout?   

E-Mail me at Robertemerson12@Gmail.com

I have a copy of the K-Line Super Streets program that is based on the RR Track Program but i use it stand alone it was offered free as a Download from the K-Line Website.  I will look in a couple of my old hard drives and make sure I still have it

 

Nick:

 

Bobbie’s posting verifies that K-Line did make templates available on their non-defunct website.  I did find a reference to Superstreets Templates in the 2009 K-Line by Lionel catalog.  They were available online at www.k-line.lionel.com .  Obviously that section of Lionel’s website is no longer operational, either. 

 

Hopefully Bobbie’s download will work for you.  If not, we could always make our own out of cardboard!

 

Bill

Who is the current manufacturer? Is there a catalog that shows all of the available pieces?

 

The author of SCARM was reluctant to make a library without some reference and/or specifications. I have been working on this since march of this year. Any help?

 

Shouldn't be a problem.

 

You can work around in SCARM using Atlas or GG flex track and the flex track modeling tool. 16 Radius and 45° Arc Angle and then the 21 inch radius. Straights made to length.

 

So, the dogbone or other arrangement using the wye and now the switches would be the catch. If you are just making a loop, you should be ok.

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Originally Posted by Moonman:

Who is the current manufacturer? Is there a catalog that shows all of the available pieces?

 

Carl:

 

Bachmann is the current manufacturer of E-Z Streets, as they are now called.  The E-Z Streets product line is shown in the Williams by Bachmann section of the 2015 Bachmann catalog and also on their website, but I could not find any reference to E-Z Streets templates either in the catalog or on the website.

 

Bill

Originally Posted by Moonman:

Who is the current manufacturer? Is there a catalog that shows all of the available pieces?

 

The author of SCARM was reluctant to make a library without some reference and/or specifications. I have been working on this since march of this year. Any help?

 

Shouldn't be a problem.

 

You can work around in SCARM using Atlas or GG flex track and the flex track modeling tool. 16 Radius and 45° Arc Angle and then the 21 inch radius. Straights made to length.

 

So, the dogbone or other arrangement using the wye and now the switches would be the catch. If you are just making a loop, you should be ok.

FWIW, Lee Willis' Streets book does a good job of describing all the Streets pieces available in detail. Also describes their special uses and how they all fit together, like what needs to be used where and when. They are now made by Williams by Bachmann.

 

I bought Lee's book (very inexpensive, like $10 or so), but when it first came out he was offering a free download of a digital copy. I think this was available from Amazon? Don't know if this would be enough detail for the SCARM author, but it might give him a helping hand and is certainly worth a look.

Originally Posted by Bobbie21921:
Originally Posted by pittsburghrailfan:

I am thinking about creating a small Superstreets layout with a leftover piece of Homasote and a Plymouth Switcher. My problem is that SCARM does not have Superstreets in its available libraries, and I am unwilling to spend money at this time to buy a track software package which does. Are there printable, full-scale templates of Superstreets/EZ-Streets track available online? Is there another freeware track software which has a Superstreets library? Are there any other ways to plan a Superstreets layout?   

E-Mail me at Robertemerson12@Gmail.com

I have a copy of the K-Line Super Streets program that is based on the RR Track Program but i use it stand alone it was offered free as a Download from the K-Line Website.  I will look in a couple of my old hard drives and make sure I still have it

 

 

Originally Posted by Moonman:

pghrailfan,

I just tried to send you an email using the one in your profile and it kicked back.

 

Is that a good one. I have something for you.

Rob and Moonman:

The pghrailfan@gmail.com email should work for emailing your stuff. If it doesn't, try emailing your files to Daniel@speerco.com, though I'm not sure that email works.

Originally Posted by Moonman:

Bill, that's great! Sheesh, the switches were in the works then and never built. I wonder why WBB doesn't provide this?

 

Thanks!

Yes, thank you Bill Robb.  FWIW, the D-21 E-Z streets switch (turnout) matches the dimensions shown on the 3rd page for the planned but never made K-Line by Lionel D-21 Superstreets switch.

 

Bill

EMD....that's kind of like when a it of metal falls between your third rail and the ground rail completing the circuit. A quick poof and everything stops running.

 

While we're talking super streets, has anyone come across the wider radius curves lately? I've been able to pick several types of pieces here and there but not the wide radius. It's pretty hard to get the two lane effect without that wider track.

Originally Posted by johnbulltrains:

I'm actually trying to find old stock. It appears that Bachmann has changed the color of the roadway in the new stock. It's not necessarily a bad color but I don't think it will match the K-Line pieces I already have.

D21 old stock curves have been gone for several years. The market was completely dry until Bachmann reissued D21 curves last winter. Biggest inventory old Superstreets can be found at The Western Depot and Nicholas Smith Toys (not the train store which is a separate web site). But these two sites only have D16 curves.

 

I use both interchangeably.  I don't think the color makes that much difference. One looks like fresh asphalt and the other like older asphalt. 

Originally Posted by WftTrains:
Originally Posted by Moonman:

Who is the current manufacturer? Is there a catalog that shows all of the available pieces?

 

Carl:

 

Bachmann is the current manufacturer of E-Z Streets, as they are now called.  The E-Z Streets product line is shown in the Williams by Bachmann section of the 2015 Bachmann catalog and also on their website, but I could not find any reference to E-Z Streets templates either in the catalog or on the website.

 

Bill

The other thing about Bachmann's taking over the Super Street line and calling it E Z Streets is that there is no instruction manual telling you how to assemble the track or how to wire the tracks. To me Bachmann has dropped the ball if they want to sell an item without any instructions.

They don't even tell you how to secure the track to a table or sheet of plywood.

 

From experience I have found the best way to remove the little manhole covers is to unfold a paper clip and pop the manhole covers out from underneath the track section. To wire a 10 inch section of track you must remove the plastic from the side of the track piece as the wire connectors won't go in unless you remove the plastic.

To mount the track to plywood I use a size 4 phillips screw with a recessed head.

 

Lee Fritz

I have to second Lee's comment about them dropping the ball. Up until this year's catalog they didn't even have a ready to run starter set, just pieces. It seems like it's more of a hobby for them than a product line. And the new color is close to the old one but why change it? 

 

The selection of vehicles is pretty lame compared to K-Line as well. Six of the same sedan (looks like a standard plasticville car with a little motor in it) in different colors and three vans in different colors - two of which are advertisements for Bachmann's products. How can people work in this industry and be so uncreative?

I think that we are lucky that Bachmann has picked up the STREETS product. If they had not, we would have been without a great product in O gauge. They have even produced the long awaited turnouts and 21 inch radius curves!!! I think it is a bit much to expect any company to have the unlimited money and manpower to instantly produce everything we would like. They do have other product lines that they have to allocate their resources to.

 

Lee's books ARE the go to sources for anyone interested in this product. He expertly covers all the questions from vehicles to road pieces and applications. I have both of them and believe me they are a BARGAIN!!!! 

 

Many folks that want the "one color" roadway look just paint it one color. In the prototype world, I notice that road color changes due to time and use. There are "patches" and "cracks" that are filled with fresh new darker materials than the rest of the surface.

 

Let's be thankful Bachmann picked up the product.

 

Paul Goodness

@paulp575 posted:

Somewhat confused!

Who has the program for designing SuperStreets layouts?

Whomever it is, I'd like to receive a copy - if that's still possible.

If you can't email me using my e-mail address in my profile, please send it to me via Dropbox or some other online storage place.

Thanks.

Glad to see this thread is still of use to folks, but geez, it's embarrassing to see how much armchair modeling I have done...I had forgotten about this. SCARM added a Lionel K-Line Superstreets library at least 3 years ago.

Glad to see this thread is still of use to folks, but geez, it's embarrassing to see how much armchair modeling I have done...I had forgotten about this. SCARM added a Lionel K-Line Superstreets library at least 3 years ago.

Thanks for the reply.

I fond it in SCARM! I was looking for the SuperStreets items in RR-Track. Didn't find it there, but maybe not looking in the correct place.

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