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A number of us are building Std Gauge portable layouts using 5 rail track. Mine was first, then a bit over a year ago, Bill Senyak completed his. Today we got a lot of the track done for two more layouts as well as getting the carpet glued down for one set.

Jeff Meyer (captaincog) and Bob Carlson (CP Bob were over working as well as my Grandson Ethan who was in the shed press crimping the ties to the rails after Bob & Jeff did the basic assembly. Jeff's whole layout should be done this weekend, Bob's a ways down the road.


Bob Carlson

Track 1

Jeff Meyer

Track 2

31.5 x 31.5 panel, very lightweight

Track 3

Half of the panels with carpet, waiting to trim

Track 4


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3rail 2 posted:

Looks very interesting. What blade are you using to cut the rail on your saw?

More seriously, I am VERY, VERY jealous. You guys working outside in shorts. Tomorrow, in my neck of the woods we are forecasting a blizzard with 24" of snow!!



By So Cal standards it's been a rainy and cool winter, but the past 4-5 days have been gorgeous. Another few days like this and then the forecast calls for more rain by the weekend.

The Rockwell saw takes the snap in type Sabre Saw blades. I use a very fine tooth metal cutting blade. It still wants to grab the track so you have to hold it tight. Sure a lot quicker and cheaper than using a Dremmel.


madmax posted:

Steve what are you guys using to make your panels and securing them together. Also when your making 5 rail are you using  std or o gauge rail for the inside rails on the usa track

We tried to keep them light weight and simple. They are 31.5" square. Sides are 1 x 2's with one cross support. The top is is 1/8 Luann plywood. We set them fully on tables so the panels themselves do not require any more strength than that needed to support the trains and accessories. We use simple draw catches, they are mounted in plain view on the top, but simple to get to. They do not need to be tight, they only keep the panels from separating. Once the layout is populated, most are hidden.




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