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    Default The Real Deal has started!

    I have been thinking about a more permanent solution for running my n scale trains… I have a loop of Kato Unitrack that I can set up on the kitchen table, but there’s limited availability and no option for scenery…

    After considering several options I’ve decided to build a modular layout to T-trak standards. This allows me to build a layout to fit my current space but also be easily moved and adapted to a different space. I don’t own the place so a large “built in” layout would be frowned upon, mobility is key…

    The plan is to have a string of modules with a balloon track at each end for continuous running/railfanning, and a few sidings/industries for simple switching operations. Overall size is yet to be determined, and by definition is flexible…

    So far I have built 3 single-size modules… no pics yet, it’s just 3 wooden boxes at this point…


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    Do you have a track diagram in mind?

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    One way or another N Scalers find a way. @LotsOfTrains! may want to check out this YouTuber for some T Trak ideas. https://www.youtube.com/@kevinbrown104/featured
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfoot21075 View Post
    Do you have a track diagram in mind?
    Nothing specific yet, but I know the basic setup will either be a single line of modules with balloon track modules at either end forming a single track dog bone configuration, or two rows of modules with the typical outside corner modules resulting in two loops. I’m leaning towards the latter, I kinda like the idea of two trains running at the same time…

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodtoo View Post
    One way or another N Scalers find a way. @LotsOfTrains! may want to check out this YouTuber for some T Trak ideas. https://www.youtube.com/@kevinbrown104/featured
    Thanks! Lots of good stuff in his videos!

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    @LotsOfTrains!

    Moose wondering: Perhaps you could build some quantity of the boxes, then test different arrangements of the Kato track on them to help see what feels right for you? Just a moose thought...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    @LotsOfTrains!

    Moose wondering: Perhaps you could build some quantity of the boxes, then test different arrangements of the Kato track on them to help see what feels right for you? Just a moose thought... https://www.nscale.net/forums/mysmil...milie_2523.gif
    That’s basically what I was thinking… since unitrack is so robust I can experiment with track layouts without having to worry about tearing up flex track if I don’t like something…

    I know I’ll stick to the T-trak specs for the 2 mains, will be nice to have the ability to plug right in to a club…

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    Been doing some brainstorming while I was working today… I think I’m going to focus on mainline running on this layout. I seem to be developing an interest in collecting Kato passenger trains, and this would be a good way to display them “in motion”… I’m thinking of building a passenger station across a few longer modules. I have a “bench” 30” deep and 12’ wide available to set up the modules in my basement…

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    Starting to gather track! I thought I might use the curves from the V6 set I have, but they are wider than the T-Trak standard so I bought some more curves of the specified radius…

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    You don’t have to build a huge terminal type station. The name trains often double as commuters stopping at the smaller stations around Chicago. Kato’s Schaumburg Station is perfect for a T-Track module.

    Of course, a kitbashed Racine Station could be in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoNW View Post
    Of course, a kitbashed Racine Station could be in the future.
    You’ll never guess what city I live in…

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    You’ll never guess what city I live in…


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    I figured that would be good for a laugh or two…

    I think I might have to do some research on the Racine station… I’m not a Wisconsin native, but I’m still interested in local history…

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