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 Posted: Fri Oct 14th, 2016 07:09 pm
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OK, I need cheap track and it seems the least expensive is the old traditional 3 rail type of track.  If anyone knows differently please speak (or write!) up.

I started this thread a few days ago over at OGR:

Can old school tubular track be made to look better

I got a lot of information out of that and I am satisfied with what can be done with the old tubular stuff.

I intend to (likely, still some investigation to do and numbers to run) use O27 , buy it cheap (less than $1 per piece of track excluding the switches, long straights, etc.), add ties while removing the middle rail (which might give me more track in the end if I hand lay with some of that removed middle rail).

It looks like I will use Western Red Cedar for ties.

Any thoughts or advice would be great.



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 Posted: Fri Oct 14th, 2016 07:38 pm
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Hi Helmut

I always wondered whether to suggest 7/8ths or SM32 to you.
A bit specialized, but hey, good fun.

The good thing about the O27 is it could be cool for larger 'home brew' experiments as well.
Better really than 16.5mm.

Nice to be able to run std. O and any freaky 'mutants' you might lash together !
If I were going it 'large' outdoors, I'd def. go for 32 rather than 45.

That ol' Lionel track is the equivalent of the Tri-ang 'Super-4'(TM) I mentioned for 16.5mm
STRONG STUFF I would imagine & bucket load CHEAP !
Just what you want for outside on batteries.

You could get one of those '46 Lionel vacuum-tube controllers of course as well !!
WAY COOL !!

:moose:

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Before I tackle something more in depth like scratch building everything I want to get some experience under my belt. Otherwise I will never have a RR!



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Nice to have your options open in the long term though.

'Play Trains' NOW !

Potential for cool unique builds later.

Can't be better than that !!

:moose:

Si.

Finally a simple & practical outdoors solution



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Agreed sir!



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OK Si, is this better?!   :cool: (I heard you and will try to at least keep topics together)

You may have a better handle on my stuff than I do.  :bg:


Has anyone used Micro Engineering flex track?  if it needs to be specific, I am looking at the code 148 O gauge, 2 rail.

How does it compare to Atlas>?  Gargraves?

Last edited on Fri Nov 11th, 2016 01:41 am by Helmut F



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" OK Si, is this better?! (I heard you and will try to at least keep topics together) "

Hi Helmut

I think you have totally missed the point of my answer to your question (in one of your other Threads).

There are NO RULES here at Freerails.
I couldn't care less where people Post their stuff.
If they like where they are putting it, WAY TO GO !

My point is really quite simple.
If I wanna catch 'the latest' on a Members build...
...I just go to their Thread...
...read it, reply to a question, or leave an attaboy !

I just think it is nice if some one has a 'home base' Thread.
It's just what people tend to do.

Your project is well underway now, it seems to me.
So I thought it would be a good time to gather things together under one roof.

But as Herb says :- " We're not running a prison camp "

So carry on Posting stuff all over the place, if that's what makes sense to you.

:moose:

Si.

Replied to the same thing in another of the track Threads as well :-

http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=7405&forum_id=6&jump_to=87991#p87991



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 Posted: Fri Nov 11th, 2016 06:30 am
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OK then!  :cool:

But I think you and I will disagree, but it is probably just defining when a project actually starts!  I do plan to start a thread for my project with a summary of all the different decisions I have considered and made to get to what I consider the start point.

Any experience with Micro Engineering flex track?  for outdoor use?  relative to Atlas O?  I do intend to stick with code 148.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 11th, 2016 06:03 pm
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" I do plan to start a thread for my project with a summary of all the different decisions I have considered and made to get to what I consider the start point."

Hi Helmut :wave:

I guess the 'start point' is what Stephen Hawking would call a singularity.
MASSIVE EXPLOSIVE EXPANSION from an incredibly small dot . . . . . .

Great news anyway !
I'll check there's plenty of space left on the server hard-drive for it.

The sooner, the better.
They are going to throw me in a hole. & stick a monument on top one day.

;)

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Of course...cheap, cheap, cheap.

I am reminded of my ex-wife's grandfather. He built a model railroad during the depression, a time where little was available and you couldn't afford it anyway. He bought Lionel locomotives. Absolutely everything else was scratch built from whatever scrap materials he could find.

He built a simple jig that formed strips cut from coffee cans (always metal back then) into short sections of hollow "rail". Kind of a "U" shape with flanges. The "rail" was fastened to ties cut from fruit crates (try and find those today) with small nails.

He also hand made wheels for rolling stock from tin cans and cast couplers in plumber's lead.

The good old days.

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