CTT 3 "T"s Quest

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CTT 3 "T"s Quest
Posted by traindaddy1 on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 5:59 AM

Let us assume that funds are no problem and the size, construction and location of the layout are not a factor, what would be your 3 "T"s quest? 

Track...Trains...Transformer

As always, many thanks.

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Posted by anjdevil2 on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 7:25 AM

Track: Atlas O long straights and O54 to O72 curves, passing sidings and interlockings.  A 4 track main to represent the NEC near where my grandparents lived and my Great Grandfather and Grandfather both worked for the PRR.

Trains: All Lionel, TMCC/Legacy. Ultimately PRR scale T1 Duplex and CNJ Blue Comet, throw in a scale Legacy Polar Express for good measure.  Roster would include CNJ, PRR, C&O/B&O with a NW and WM for good measure.  Should be able to run everything from 1942 to the present.  

Transformer: ZW, ZW-L.  Again, TMCC and Legacy is a must.  

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Posted by robmcc on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 2:36 PM

Track - Atlas O for me too with a massive yard and all command control switches.

Trains - I like modern power, so I would have a stable full of SD70ACe's and ES44AC's pulling one of each Husky Stack ever made! I'd like a nice long grain train too.

Transformer - Legacy with multiple PowerHouse power supplies.

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Posted by Penny Trains on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 6:38 PM

Track: Gargraves and Ross or Super O.

Trains: Lionel-all eras.

Transformer: Lionel and whatever I need.  KW's, ZW's, TW's, LW's...

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Posted by Major on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 9:28 PM

Since I am in S-Scale my track is American Models.

Trains: Anything in S-scale from Flyer, to Lionel Flyer, American Models, MTH etc.

Transformers Flyer 30Bs, 19Bs, 17Bs and 12Bs. I already have TMCC/Legacy and MTH DCS

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Posted by RJSMITHINDY on Thursday, April 05, 2018 6:53 AM

For me:

Track is Lionel FasTrack (I like the scale look of the ballast and switch lanterns).

Trains include Lionel & MTH conventional, MTH DCS & just purchased my first Lionel Legacy engine. Mostly steam and a few diesels.  We also have some LionChief for the Christmas tree layout. 

Transformer is an MTH Z-4000 with DCS control with Wi-Fi control. I‘ve recently added Legacy control to DCS as well. 

 

I’m new to the forum and look forward to interacting and learning from everyone!

 

Rob

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Posted by artyoung on Thursday, April 05, 2018 5:03 PM

For track I use traditional tinplate: K-Line 042 curves and 36" straights, and Williams 031 curves. These all have ties that are as close together as Lionel's 072. I like the "prewar display" look it gives the layout. For switches I use Lionel #042 and #722 manual switches.

Trains: Lionel postwar and MPC, Williams and MTH - all conventional.

Transformer: MTH Z4000

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Posted by tarheeltracks on Friday, April 06, 2018 7:27 PM

Ross switches/Gargraves track

TMCC/Legacy 

Lionel and MTH engines(MTH converted to TMCC)

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Posted by dsmith on Saturday, April 07, 2018 12:04 PM

Track:  Traditional postwar tubular 027 Lionel brand track

Trains:  Postwar Lionel 027 trains

Transformer:  Postwar Lionel transformers (LW and others)

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Posted by KRM on Saturday, April 07, 2018 5:53 PM

RJSMITHINDY

For me:

Track is Lionel FasTrack (I like the scale look of the ballast and switch lanterns).

Trains include Lionel & MTH conventional, MTH DCS & just purchased my first Lionel Legacy engine. Mostly steam and a few diesels.  We also have some LionChief for the Christmas tree layout. 

Transformer is an MTH Z-4000 with DCS control with Wi-Fi control. I‘ve recently added Legacy control to DCS as well. 

 

I’m new to the forum and look forward to interacting and learning from everyone!

 

Rob

 

 

Welcome

 Track I use is Lionel O27 profile, O27, O42, O54, K-Line O72

Trains power, Lionel, Post War, K-line and Williams

Transformers,, 3 - ZW lionel

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Posted by Penny Trains on Saturday, April 07, 2018 6:14 PM

I got to thinking about this today and took it all the way to creating my "treasure chest", "railroad in a box", penultimate 8 car postwar Lionel freight set with accessories:

  1. 736 Berkshire
  2. 2426W tender
  3. 3472 Milk car
  4. 3356 Horse car
  5. 6462 Tile red gondola
  6. 2755 Sunoco Oil tank
  7. 6636 Alaska RR hopper
  8. 3461 Green lumber car
  9. 6464-475 B&M box car
  10. 6417-25 Lionel Lines N5c caboose
  11. 145 Gateman
  12. 133 Station
  13. 153 Block signal
  14. 262 Highway crossing gate
  15. 455 Oil derrick
  16. 150 Telegraph poles
  17. 310 Billboard set
  18. 2-260 Red bumpers
  19. 60 Lionelville trolley
  20. Super O oval with 2 turnouts and siding track plus track for dedicated trolley line
  21. KW

I have no idea what a behemoth set like this would have cost back in the day, but it would cost me a couple grand to put it together nowadays!  Big Smile

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Posted by lionelsoni on Sunday, April 08, 2018 11:17 AM

If that's the penultimate, what is your ultimate set?

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Posted by Penny Trains on Sunday, April 08, 2018 6:34 PM

lionelsoni

If that's the penultimate, what is your ultimate set?

 

Slapping down a blank check and saying "give me one of everything!"  Laugh

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Posted by IDM1991 on Sunday, April 08, 2018 9:05 PM

Track: GarGraves (and I like the look of Ross Custom Switches)

Trains: Lionel (contemporary trains decorated in Canadian liveries)

Transformers: Postwar ZW; ZW-L; KW, plus TMCC, Legacy, etc.

The dream layout would measure about 200' wide by 250' in length, and would be "serpantine" in shape, with the main lines winding through a meandering route through a massive railyard, a smaller yard serving lakeside coal and grain facilities; two sizable towns (one featuring a massive cereal plant served by long sidings built into a long street); a long passing siding serving oil fields; a coal/iron ore facility; a few long, scratchbuilt bridges; and at least three tunnels measuring between 25 and 75 feet in length.  Structures would be a mix of Lionel and scratchbuilt.  No grades, to reduce risk of derailments.

 

A nearly-identical "dream layout" would share the same dimensions and track plan as the one above, but would feature winter scenery, postwar Lionel/Marx pieces, and feature Deptartment 56 structures.

It's fun to speculate about these things!


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Posted by phrankenstign on Monday, April 09, 2018 3:34 PM

Penny Trains
 
lionelsoni

If that's the penultimate, what is your ultimate set?

 

Slapping down a blank check and saying "give me one of everything!"  Laugh

 

 

Wouldn't it be tough to make a fun layout with "one of everything":

  • FasTrack curve, straight LH switch, RH switch, 90 & 45 degree crossing, operating & uncoupling track, one 3' straight

.....If Lionel still offers their old track (which I'd heard they'd stopped).... :

  • O curve, straight, LH switch manual & remote, RH switch manual & remote, 90 & 45 degree crossing, operating & uncoupling track, one 3' straight
  • O27 curve, straight, LH switch manual & remote, RH switch manual & remote, 90 & 45 degree crossing, operating & uncoupling track, one 3' straight
  • FasTrack->O transition track
  • FasTrack->O27 transition track

?????

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Posted by Jushavnfun with trains on Monday, April 09, 2018 7:25 PM

my  T's  actually my Achilles heel, I'm so OCD about these.

1    Train sets, what could be better, they have everything a boy could dream of.

2    A new accessory, preferrably an operating one, but that's not a deal killer.

3   Much more room, for everything evergrowing,

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