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T-trak model railroading

2003-12-24 18:01:15.187494+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

I've made rumblings recently about resurrecting the model railroad. Even dragged the layout I'd been working on out of storage, cleaned things up, and started on some scenery. Then we realized that there just wasn't a reasonable space to put it in. So I spent an evening researching options for even smaller layout designs, and was starting to think about a small switching layout on a shelf board when I discovered T-trak. N-scale track and rolling stock, single-length modules are a little over 12 inches long, the form factor is perfect for shelf railroads, yet can be expanded out to multiples of that and built up to a foot deep, and it beats a shelf railroad because you can drag these things down to the train show and run 'em with someone else.

The Unofficial T-trak page is a good place to start, I built a couple of modules last night with a wallboard knife and 1/4" birch plywood, but I've got one of the Shape Master T-trak modules on order at Feather River Trains so I can try to match up with their joiners. It's a super small space, but as one page I ran across said: "think of it as haiku."

And Feather River Trains is a new model railroading hobby shop up in northern San Rafael that looks like it's going cool directions. Still small, still new, but worth checking out if you're in the north bay. Further south, Trackside Trains down in Burlingame is my N-scale[Wiki] vendor of choice.

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#Comment Re: T-trak model railroading made: 2003-12-24 20:10:12.43017+00 by: aiworks

Hey Dan,

If you're getting back into model trains, I'd like to suggest you check out this place.


Have a good holiday all!

#Comment Re: T-trak model railroading made: 2003-12-24 22:31:10.684384+00 by: Dan Lyke

If you live in that neighborhood, there is only one model railroad club. Unfortunately, if you're part of that group you can't take rolling stock home to work on it.