Setting up toy train

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Setting up toy train
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, August 05, 2002 7:53 PM
My 4 year old son received a Thomas Adventure set for his birthday and we would like to set it up so that he can have access to it whenever he wants and so the tracks, pieces, etc do not get misplaced like his last set. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to mount/set-up this set? I called a model train store and the person told me to just mount it on a piece of plywood. If possible we want to set it up off the floor. Any suggestions? Thanks. Justonian
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Posted by Algonquin on Tuesday, August 06, 2002 7:32 AM
Hi Justonian,

I assume this is the battery operated set with blue plastic track. Mounting to a piece of plywood is the best option if you want to permanently fix the track in place. I believe the only way to attach this type of track would be to glue it in place.

Most store displays permanently mount these kids trains on low tables about 20" off the floor. If you would like a much smoother surface than most grades of plywood you can mount "handypanel" (which is a 1/4" thick wood product available in many types of wood with a relatively smooth finish) on top of the plywood. This would make a nice surface to paint and attach structures to. Handypanel can be found at any lumber or home (Home Depot, Lowes, etc) store.

Regards,

Tim Pignatari

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, August 06, 2002 2:11 PM
Hi Tim,
Thanks for the suggestion. We will go to home depot today to find what we need. About the low tables that toy stores use, can low tables be purchased for the purpose of mounting trains?
Justonian
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Posted by Algonquin on Tuesday, August 06, 2002 10:27 PM
I think you can buy ready made tables from Brio or Thomas's wooden railways.

Regards,

Tim

A penny saved is a penny earned. But every once in a while it is good to treat yourself to a gum ball.

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