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Projects for 2024
Posted by Road Foreman of Engines on Wednesday, December 13, 2023 4:42 PM

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aving done a major upgrade project in the Train Room for 2023, for 2024 I will move ahead with the Garden railroad. I have softened my stance against running 0 gauge outside, and plan to build a loop. I have found that G gauge code 332 rail just happens to be about the same size as standard 0 gauge rail. Who knew? I may make my own track, provided I can get enough old G gauge track for cheap. It takes 1.5 pieces of G to make 1 piece of three rail 0.

 I plan to run my " seen better days" trains outside, to minimize risk to my better pieces.

 Also, an elevated loop of H0 snap track is being considered. I'll need to select heavier pieces, to keep from being blown off the track! Mantua tank cars, or Roundhouse die cast metal freight cars. 
Still mulling over the details.....

Paul

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Posted by Road Foreman of Engines on Friday, December 15, 2023 12:00 PM

I can see it in my mind. I can visualize it, which means it's going to happen. Just buying the materials and building. The H0 is questionable, but I have so much Snap track leftover that even if I need to replace track from time to time, it's no problem. My thought is to power the H0 with a battery, probably need 9 to 12 volts.

 But the 0 gauge is definite, just need to build it.

Paul

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Posted by Road Foreman of Engines on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 4:06 PM

Road Foreman of Engines

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOcgRbrBU2TBT_zwnh5BMYciGwN3_G6P_qyfnM27-Z-_87D4YZWz0zThuLPUABUGg?key=VWE1NEllZGdCdkxCZkZHQ0hrX1AtWVhvSW9oUEp3
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aving done a major upgrade project in the Train Room for 2023, for 2024 I will move ahead with the Garden railroad. I have softened my stance against running 0 gauge outside, and plan to build a loop. I have found that G gauge code 332 rail just happens to be about the same size as standard 0 gauge rail. Who knew? I may make my own track, provided I can get enough old G gauge track for cheap. It takes 1.5 pieces of G to make 1 piece of three rail 0.

 I plan to run my " seen better days" trains outside, to minimize risk to my better pieces.

 Also, an elevated loop of H0 snap track is being considered. I'll need to select heavier pieces, to keep from being blown off the track! Mantua tank cars, or Roundhouse die cast metal freight cars. 
Still mulling over the details.....

Paul

 

So,I bought my track at the train show. Aristocraft 8 foot diameter track, 23 pieces. I will need to purchase 1 more track section, since I will hand lay the rails in a 3 rail 0 gauge configuration.I have enough straight for the oval in the pictures. 8 foot diameter is smallish for G, but generous for 0. Still working out the details. Will probably solder every rail joint, or at least a jumper on every joint, the classic G gauge technique.

Paul

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Posted by Road Foreman of Engines on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 9:36 AM

I am working daily on the railroad. It is morphing and changing as it goes, as new ideas hit. I'll share some pictures when it's ready to unveil.....

Paul

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Posted by rluke on Sunday, March 10, 2024 7:53 PM

Very interesting about using G track for O scale trains.  How does the profile of the G track compare to O scale track?

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Posted by Road Foreman of Engines on Sunday, March 10, 2024 8:03 PM

Hi ,

  I was surprised to discover that standard G gauge code 332 rail is just about the same height as Lionel tubular rail. The difference is G gauge rail has a flat rail head the 0 gauge has a rounded profile. It should still work, the G gauge brass rail works extremely well outdoors. This was my idea to try this.

  I have put this project on the" back burner" since I needed the tracks I bought for a G gauge branch line in the backyard. This was the immediate need. I may still revisit this concept at a later date.

Paul

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