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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Richard-B » Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:13 pm

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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:13 am

dileTTante wrote:Soon you'll need a trailer to haul the layout to shows. I would rather see improved curves on the return loops before you turn your hand to new modules.

- Terry C

I have thought about larger curves on the end loops.
Modified End loop.jpg

Without expanding the already large and heavy modules, the curve could be made a half radius larger. It will need two small (2" x 2") triangular pieces as shown.
The curves on the right could be made larger.
This needs more study.
As I did have a complete set of extra module tops made, this would not be too difficult to do.
Perhaps a 2019 project.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:27 pm

A while ago I posted about the difficulties I had getting rail here that fit the Tillig tie strips.
So I did some in store testing today.
Micro Engineering code 83 and code 70 have the same base and are hard to fit.
Someone suggested Atlas code 83 but their new track does not fit at all.

The best I have found is Peco Code 83 rail. It fits nicely, at least the sample I tried did.
You can buy the rail separately but it ends up costing the same as if I buy a piece of flex track and strip the rail out of it. So next project, perhaps the loop rebuild, I will try Peco rail.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby j p » Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:27 am

dileTTante wrote: Too bad there are no N. American passenger trains in TT.

- Terry C


How did you come to that conclusion? There are many NA passenger trains in TT. There are no RTR, but many different kits can be found.

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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby dileTTante » Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:43 pm

This is off topic, so I have begun another thread in Prototypes/Models.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:57 pm

It was a coupler weekend. Checked and adjusted 52 cars.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:27 am

Not up to much tonight. Assembled couplers.
20181024_assembling couplers.jpg
My quick and dirty assembly jig, made from a table shim, track nail and piece of strips wood, continues to work better than the Micro Trains jig. Have nine and a half pairs ready for installation in hopper cars.
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Re: TT Trak

Postby Rich1853 » Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:56 am

Arseny wrote:
What do people use for uncouplers for the various types of couplers?


As for me, I decided to use one type of coupers, at least for the stuff that can be used together.
So I use Tillig's uncoupler and BTTB-style couplers for the European and Russian stuff and Kadee couplers for the American stuff.
I did not use any uncoupler for the Kadee couplers, but I am going to use magnets.


I lost mine Tilligs manual uncoupler. I been using a 6 inch metal scale / ruler the one with a radius on one end. Purchase in Home Depot.

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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby CFRiad » Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:35 am

CFRiad wrote:After almost a year of feet dragging, I finally rebuilt the staging yard.

What's coming:
  • complete track 6 :wink:
  • turnout machines (all MP1) with analog control
  • improved electrical scheme to allow controlling the power feed to each track separately


First bullet done. We have 6 functioning yard tracks for the show this weekend. Thanks for Terry for donating the bits of missing track.
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Re: TT-Tracks

Postby Bill Dixon » Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:53 pm

So whither TT-Tracks?
Some modules are showing their age. Rebuild, repurpose or scrap?

Terry would like the return loops rebuilt with wider radius curves. If I rebuild on the current tops I can go to R 3.5, a modest increase from the current R3. Maybe too much work for the results.
If I cut new tops, I can go to R4 or R4.5 without making them too big. A project to doodle on before starting. I do have wood on hand.

Tibi indicated that we need more industrial modules.
He is planning an oil terminal for all the tank cars we have.
I think I can repurpose a pair of modules to a warehouse for all our box cars to go to.
Somewhere to send Hopper cars and reefers would also be nice.

The station corner with all the modules bodged around it, is getting tired.
If the through station module set is made, the station corner could be retired. This would also create the need for another wide corner pair. This would leave only one corner in service with tight R4/R5 curves in service, the original diamond corner used in our first setup back in 2011.

This would also make my bridge module redundant as the back track would no longer exist. However it could be repurposed to be the entrance to a switching area behind the main modules.

Much to think about and doodle on.
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