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Has anyone ever done a garden railway using Lional. MTH or any other 3rail tract

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Posted by Wild Bill on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 12:00 PM

I have. The layout will be 4 years old this May.No major problems to report. All the engines are MTH, using DCS. Rolling stock is of all  maunufactures. Track is Atlas Nickle Silver. Its UV proof, and can withstand the elements.

Here is a link to some videos of the layout. 

http://ie.youtube.com/results?search_query=wildbill7089

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Posted by FJ and G on Monday, January 28, 2008 12:40 PM

sorry, been off the net for a while.

MTH, Lionel? In short, yes.

But I've modified them somewhat.

 

I started out laying 3 rail tracks outside. However, I got tired of cleaning the rails so I've modified the locomotives to run on battery power; both manual and remotely controlled.

 

I've switched to 7/8 scale recently, but found use for the Lionel and MTH drives and wheels etc.

 

Here's my MTH Railking 2-8-0 plowing snow last April (April snowstorm). I run the trains in rain and snow, incidentally.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy0S-XUDGxs

 

(the hound is self-powered) 

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Posted by altterrain on Monday, January 28, 2008 11:57 AM

 Capt Bob Johnson wrote:
I can't believe nobody has said anything about FJ & G; I'm 99% sure he has said he uses Lionel O stuff outdoors.

Dave's a big boy. He can speak for himself. I think most his O scale was 2 rail (Williams?). He bumping up to 7/8's scale, anyway.

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Posted by Capt Bob Johnson on Monday, January 28, 2008 11:29 AM
I can't believe nobody has said anything about FJ & G; I'm 99% sure he has said he uses Lionel O stuff outdoors.
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Posted by Rene Schweitzer on Monday, January 28, 2008 10:48 AM
Brian, that was August 2000. The owner used postwar Lionel (modified) there.

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Posted by altterrain on Sunday, January 27, 2008 10:04 AM

GR featured an O scale layout on its cover back in 2000, I think. I'm pretty sure it was 3 rail. The layout featured big stucco covered viaducts and bridges.

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Posted by EMPIRE II LINE on Saturday, January 26, 2008 9:29 PM

I presently have a rather large "G" scale all stainless steel track layout and do plan to run a loop of my "O" scale Gargraves stainless steel, 3-rail track through a future town, raised above the G line to look something like the L's or is it EL's of Chicago, mind you I only use stainless steel track outside, as I do use track power, and hate cleaning rails, which you do have to still clean, even with the nickel silver track, been there, done it.

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Has anyone ever done a garden railway using Lional. MTH or any other 3rail tract
Posted by leonardbrand on Saturday, January 26, 2008 9:04 PM
I'm thinking of doing a garden railway using 3 rail Atlas or MTH tract and was wondering how many others had done the same as I have a quite a few of Lional, MTH and K-Line stuff that I would like use on a outdoor setup.

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