I've got a few questions about this track system Lionel offered for a couple of years in the early 70s:
1) Did Lionel ever produce a conversion track to join the Lionel Trutrack system to "O", "O27", or Super "O"?
2) I've seen left and right switches, straight & curve tracks, and road bed for all of them. Were any crossings, uncoupling & remote tracks with their associated road bed ever made?
3) Does anyone here have a Lionel Trutrack System layout? I don't think I've ever seen any pictures of one in Classic Toy Trains magazine, and I've been reading it since 1993. (I've got every issue since Vol. 1 No. 1, but I got those through ebay in the late 90s.) Perhaps if I get the electronic version of CTT, I can do a search for one, right? (Plug!)
4) What caused the Lionel Trutrack System to fail? Was the fact it was made out of aluminum the main reason? If so, wouldn't it have been simple to change over to steel or nickel silver?
I've got a crazy idea I've been toying with for years. It involves using a variety of track types in different sections of one layout. The white track K-Line produced would be used in a wintry section with snow and Christmasy scenes. Lionel's transfer table with extension(s) could be used to connect differing sections where no conversion/adapter track is available. I'm not a fan of flexible track. I prefer sectional track. So I may have MTH Real Trax track on one side, with Lionel FasTrack on the other. Maybe another has K-Line Super "K" while the other has Atlas 21st Century Track System. It could be one of the tracks leads to a step ladder yard made with Lionel Super "O" track. Another branch line might consist of Lionel Trutrack System, while the main line was all K-Line SuperSnap or GarGraves sectional.
I've never been a "true scale" fan. I've always enjoyed the "toy" aspect of the hobby. That's why the different track types appeal to me. I'd definitely have some good old-fashioned Lionel "O27" track in there too. The only problematical track I've used is Lionel Super "O". It made grooves in the Scout-type engine pickup rollers. I always liked the look of it, though.