Help me with my show layout

Re: Help me with my show layout

Postby ConnRiver » Sun May 05, 2013 1:32 pm

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ConnRiver wrote:T-Trak, I'm not familiar with that. Is there a thread here about it? I'll look. -Brian C.


Hi Brian, for the original N scale T-Trak, go to <http://t-trak.org/> . Also check out <http://ttrak.wikidot.com/> . For the TT scale variant being developed by Bill Dixon (a member of this group) check out <http://www3.telus.net/wrdixon/tttrak/track.html> . -Bill in FtL


Thank you, Bill. Somehow, I have missed T-Trak information previously. I can see the concept, I can't see such short sections, though. I suppose it is to fit on certain length tables?

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Re: Help me with my show layout

Postby Arseny » Sun May 05, 2013 2:24 pm

Brian, for the TT Trak also look at this topic:
tt-trak-t979.html

and this page:
http://www3.telus.net/wrdixon/tttrak/ideas.html
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Re: Help me with my show layout

Postby ConducTTor » Sun May 05, 2013 3:03 pm

ConnRiver wrote:So, you're going to be at the national? With TT scale layout sections?


Yup! I'm taking a break from glueing and screwing as I write this. I should be starting to lay track tonight or tomorrow.
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Re: Help me with my show layout

Postby railtwister » Sun May 05, 2013 7:50 pm

ConnRiver wrote:Thank you, Bill. Somehow, I have missed T-Trak information previously. I can see the concept, I can't see such short sections, though. I suppose it is to fit on certain length tables?

-Brian C.
Evansdale, Iowa


Hi Brian,

The length of the TT-Tracks Table-Top module is a function of the length of the bedding track sections, this is because it is the track's Unijoiners that hold the modules together, there are no bolts or C-clamps between modules. The specified track is Tillig TT scale "Bedding Track", which is TT snap track with molded plastic roadbed that is made for Tillig under Kato's license and uses the same joiners as Kato N & HO Unitrack. The Unijoiners are probably the best track joining system on the market, they have a very positive snap locking design and are replaceable, unlike most of the other brands of snap tracks that come with molded roadbed.

The TT-Tracks modules use three sections of track as a minimum size (making them about 18'-19" long), for maximum ease of handling and portability. A modeler is free to make them larger if he wants, as long as they are multiples of the straight track sections in length. The maximum recommend depth is the same dimension as the corner modules (minus the thickness of any backdrops) or less, in order to allow a minimal setup as a simple oval using 4 corners plus at least two straight sections. Deeper modules would require additional straight sections between corners at the ends. Of course, having more modules would allow for larger & more complex layouts, depending on the number of participants.

In N scale, most of the T-Track participants come from N-Trak because they are tired of breaking their backs lugging around the typical 2'x4' (or larger) N-Trak modules, and the T-Track modules are so user-friendly. None of us are getting any younger or more fit. There will be an N scale T-Track layout at the Atlanta NMRA Convention this coming July. I had hoped we might see some TT-Tracks modules in Atlanta, but unfortunately, most of the existing operational TT-Tracks modules are at the other end of the continent in the Canadian Pacific Northwest. Here in Ft. Lauderdale, I have built 8 modules (4 straights and 4 corners) comprising a small double track test loop/layout, but at this point they still need some wiring and scenery before they are ready for prime time (maybe if the NTS comes to Orlando in 2017).

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Re: Help me with my show layout

Postby ConnRiver » Mon May 06, 2013 1:57 pm

Arseny, thanks much for the links. And Bill, for your further explanation. I did not understand that the track itself joined the sections.

Alex, are you handlaying track or using flex track? Are you using a prototype location, or are you free-lancing? (Or, proto-lancing?)

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Re: Help me with my show layout

Postby ConducTTor » Mon May 06, 2013 3:18 pm

I'm using a combination of flex and non flex. The front (public facing) part is Kuhn track sections, the rear part is Tillig flex. No prototype - I'll just make something up as I go.
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Re: Help me with my show layout

Postby ConducTTor » Tue May 07, 2013 11:03 pm

More progress over the last few days. Aligned track, the track on the end pieces is now set. The front facing middle piece track is being aligned and cut to length. The white pieces seen at the end of each module are wooden and the track is super glued to them.

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Re: Help me with my show layout

Postby ConducTTor » Thu May 09, 2013 8:32 pm

Hey all, I need recommendations for switch machines. I would use Tortoise but they are too long. I need something that doesn't stick out from the bottom of the layout. I have a max of 2.5 inches of height to play with. Suggestions?
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Re: Help me with my show layout

Postby ConducTTor » Thu May 09, 2013 11:07 pm

Never mind. I'm doing the Tortoises mounted sideways.
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Re: Help me with my show layout

Postby Arseny » Fri May 10, 2013 3:11 am

Some russian modellers use polarized relays instead switching machines.
But you would have some time to choose the appropriate model...

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