T-Trak

Super Modules


4 x 3 ft
and 19" x 5 '

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Installed, track transfered, and trains running.

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I may reuse the old T-Trak modules for the HO Christmas train?

Module Re-Work

Chopped all 4 corners down to 2 3/4" + feet.

Pull the corners out.
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I sawed them at the glue line (a bear) and then removed the 3/4 piece and glued them back to the plywood base.
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Still a bit tall for the "std" but look much nicer lower.
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Now I need to build the two new "super modules" and transfer the track from the existing modules.
Then I'm back on track (no pun intended)😉

Re-Do


My "goal" design has evolved to some form of finality but I am begining to recognize that the T-Trak modules are too small for a home layout.

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Modified (hybrid) Approach


Incorporate the "siding" modules into a new large 36" deep module which will include a new South Loopback (with an industry or two), and also support a segment of the high route track.

High Route


Start the high route off the outside "mainline" in the Yard module and reconnect with the inside "mainline", after a double crossover in the "city", connecting on the "duck-under" "bridge".
Still some "magic happens here" for the supports of the high route corners.

Construction Milestone!

Milestone of progress with the construction phase

The "Duck-Under" bridge


Basic structure and functionality is there.
Need to level and position laterally (which will require some tweaking)
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An Ebay addition - string of ore cars


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The Yard Module


15" x 5'
Need to level the surface (somehow), the track work is designed, but purchse and actual install will be "later".
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BTW-

That polyiso foam is crap.
The covering doesn't remove well, it is not flat (many depressions across surface) and its expensive.
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Also-


Removed the track and 2 switches from the siding modules. Scraped one module because my attempt to level the surface of the polyiso foam had made it much worse. The original modules, I think we sized wrong. They should be 310 mm. exactly the same as the ballast of the Kato straight + the 62 mm (1/4). One of the T-Trak sources had said 308 mm. I think that's wrong. But, cutting the 2" foam with the sharpened putty knife is not very "accurate" - very diffucult to be precise.

Never-the-less-


I believe the module constructon phase, and bench work, is complete! Thank gawd. My least favorite part.
Ordered enough track to finish the loop.
I think that's

PROGRESS


operational Phase 3 Rev A

Bench work

4 1/2 height Gorilla racks with a "bridge"
The "bridge" is 4x2 ft 1/2" plywood set into aluminum angle "iron" pop riveted to the bench.
Gives some stability to the two benches, as well as supporting the 4 single modules.
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More Modules, Yard

Glued up 2 more single modules.
Ordered legs. Still quite a few hurricane nuts, but used up the legs, already!
Cut and assembled Yard module 4' x 15"

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Module making Rev 2

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Module Making

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T-Trak Module Approch

Build Initial T-Trak Modules (boxes)
UPDATE!
Scraping the box approach in favor of the slab and foam approach!
4 - 14 3/8 corner Modules
COMPLETE
2 - 12 1/8 x 8 1/4 straight Modules
COMPLETE


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Install Track for Initial Modules
COMPLETE

4 - Double track 90s (33mm centers) 2- Double track straights Kato parts required COMPLETE
  • 4 – #20-000 9 ¾” straight
  • 4 - #20-040 2 7/8” straight
  • 1 - #24-000 re-railer
  • 8 - #20-120 12 3/8” radius
  • 8 - #20-110 11” radius


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Layout Step 1

Connect modules COMPLETE
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Troubleshoot COMPLETE