Wood track... humm... Is there anyone that makes/sells wood rails? I can make the ties and I already planned of using just a few turnouts. They could be commercial offerings and then just painted to match the wood stuff. Interesting... I'll have to think a little more about this.
I saw that. That's not an affordable solution, IMHO. It's very cool just not what I'm looking for. It appears that I can buy PIKO track on line for about $5/ft. That's still expensive but its a lot cheaper than $8/10" for the LGB stuff at the LHS. It also doesn't look like the hand laid stuff is any savings over the PIKO track so that's probably what I'm going to go with. Or... I may just dump the idea of doing an outdoor RR. I never thought in a million years that the track would be that expensive. That's what I get for being impulsive... but damn, I love that Climax engine.
I dunno... I'll have to do some re-thinking.
Ran the Climax at home for the wife and grandson. We're hooked on these big scale trains. Whatever it takes... The RR itself might take a smaller form than I had originally envisioned but I'm not going back down in size. These guys are just too cool. And one of tHe other benefits according to my wife. These don't crash into a million pieces like my planes sometimes do.
Take a look at the first version of Bruce Chandler's Jackson & Burke railway. It is simple, but has operational potential - a very inspirational first layout. Then, take a look at where the J&B is today!
Last edited on Sat Mar 31st, 2012 12:59 am by dmunseyjr
____________________ Don Munsey, Jr
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You mention plastic track...you might check the Tuesday Morning stores, a friend bought a bunch of New Brite plastic G Gauge track for just a few bucks at one of their stores. I don't know how well it holds up outside, but it does look like track. Maybe if it was sprayed with Rustoleum paint it would take the weather?? Just another crackpot idea.
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i have been experimenting with wood rail it doesn't look like real rail but at this point it doesn't matter you can get a down load of a left and right switch from garden railway can't find the address at the moment. the hard part is throwing the points. in my gallery there are a couple of pictures of a switch i was working on before i found the down load which is full size. i got a b'man set at the swapmeet and a circle of track is not enough.