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Building A Layout With My Boy

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Posted by jjdamnit on Friday, September 24, 2021 7:09 PM

Hello All,

How's the pike progressing?

Any new structures from your son?

Hopefully, both of you are able to run trains together.

An old term for having to manipulate locomotives, and cars- -with your hand(s) is the "0-5-0 Switcher."

We have all used this method at some point. Don't ask me how I know...

If you have a point-to-point (back-and-fourth) pike consider running trains with single motive power at each end, so you don't have to turn the locos.

Think "Push-Me-Pull-You" arrangement.

Switching duties in each yard could be done by smaller units, adding to the interest.

A parallel track could be built as a "super siding" long enough to hold the longest drag between yards.

So glad to hear you and your son are having a great shared experience.

Hope this helps.

"Uhh...I didn’t know it was 'impossible' I just made it work...sorry"

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Posted by kasskaboose on Sunday, September 26, 2021 9:26 PM

Any updates?

One of my kids loves working on the wiring.  Can't tell if I have an EE in the making?  His brother just enjoys running trains.  What fun to have them together.

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Posted by 1971_Z28 on Friday, October 1, 2021 4:35 PM

The set up is coming along nicely now that we know better what we are doing.

The train run has had a couple of extra tracks added on to each end so that we can run more trains before we need to swap the cabooses and engines around for the trip back to where they started.

Everything is running really good and a few of the train cars have been fixed but there are still a lot of pieces that need to have some work done but we have more than enough to have a good time.

Buildings and bridges are being added and more and more grass is glued down and overall I am very surprised how fast it is all moving along.

The ikea bookcases havbe turned out to be a really good way to hold it together without needing to do any carpentry and they also seem to be more than sturdy enough to last a few years.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, October 9, 2021 10:13 PM

What kind of repairs are your equipment needing? Are things broken, or are there parts missing?

-Kevin

Wink Happily modeling my STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD. A Class A line located in a personal fantasy world of semi-plausible nonsense on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954.

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Posted by kasskaboose on Monday, October 11, 2021 8:05 AM

Interesting about using the Ikea bookcases.  Did the cost of lumber move you in that direction?  It's probably faster than constructing the layout, but I think tables are sturdier than shelves.

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Posted by jjdamnit on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 10:49 AM

Hello All,

kasskaboose
Interesting about using the Ikea bookcases.

I was thinking the same thing.

1971_Z28 could you give a part number or link to what you used?

My pike sits on the bed in the computer/train/spare bedroom. Bookcases might be just the ticket for my situation too.

Hope this helps.

"Uhh...I didn’t know it was 'impossible' I just made it work...sorry"

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Posted by 1971_Z28 on Friday, October 15, 2021 1:40 PM

I used the ikea bookcases because they were inexpensive and the rioght hieght and they would do the job without me buying any more tools that I would only use one time.

They are about 11 inches deep and about 37 inches tall and look kind of like bare wood crates.

I piut them about 8 inches from the wall and the foam overhangs about 8 inches off the front and I spaced them 18 to 24 inches apart and nothing is glued to them.

So far so good.

We are taking out the Backman track and replacing it with Kato track which looks a whole lot better but some scenerey will need to be moved but nothing too serious.

The boy is learning a lot about basic electricity as we add features and things to the setup which is a surprising bonus so I hope he will be able to apply what he has learned if he ever needs to troubleshoot the electrical systems in his car.

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Posted by 1971_Z28 on Thursday, October 28, 2021 12:08 PM

So we should not glue the track down so fast because we keep making little changes to make the train set up more fun to run.

We added a run by track in the middle where we can park a train and let another train run by and that little feature has done quite a bit for us and we also needed to add more end of run tracks because I bought more trains.

We are only adding scenery at about the same rate that we tear it out to make changes so that is like treading water and it is not getting done.

The ikea bookcases are still working out just fine.

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Posted by jjdamnit on Thursday, October 28, 2021 12:55 PM

Hello All,

Thanks for the update.

Your situation sounds very familiar and many can relate to your seeming one-step-forward and two-steps-back "progress". 

As you are discovering, your first iteration of the actual track might need a bit of "tweaking"

On my pike I've done several re-routes to make the track as reliable as possible. This is especially true when building with smaller pikes.

If you need to temporarily adhere the track to the base I recommend Clear Silicone Caulk- -I use GE Clear Silicone Caulk either I or II. You will need a caulk gun for application.

The advantage of silicone caulk is the track can be easily removed without damaging the base. Just slide a putty knife under the track and gently wiggle it back and forth.

Look on the bright side, you are getting lots of practice with scenery!Wink

I am really interested in the Ikea piece you used. Do you have any more information; part number, name? I realize posting photos can be an ordeal.

Again, thanks for the update and keep up the fun!

Hope this helps.

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Posted by 1971_Z28 on Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:44 AM

I think the bookcases are called a kallax or some name like that and they just look likke wood and have four openings in them for storage plus since they are thirty inches tall the height seemed right for my needs.

They look flimzy but in fact they have been very sturdy.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, November 22, 2021 10:01 AM

Is your kid still interested in trains?

Laugh

-Kevin

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Posted by kasskaboose on Thursday, November 25, 2021 2:02 PM

Happy T-day all!

Yes, avoid gluing track until you know all works and no derailment.  I waited months after laying and running to even do ballasting.  Of course I'll glue that down in a bit.

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