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T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« on: April 12, 2020, 12:09:32 AM »
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I always wanted a nice backdrop to show off some of my rolling stock, and I think T-TRAK will work for me. Here's the plan!


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20042 (WS62PC), N Kato Unitrack, Straight 62mm. (concrete) (double track)   8
20230 (SX248L), N Kato Unitrack, Left crossover 248mm.   3
20231 (SX248R), N Kato Unitrack, Right crossover 248mm.   3
20875 (S248PC), N Kato Unitrack, Straight (concrete) 248mm.   4

I will paint those concrete ties. I seem to remember the spacing on them being closer to C55.
I also ordered a quad module from CMR.

Hopefully I can order track soon. Maybe even look into used stuff.
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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2020, 09:19:12 AM »
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Nice interlocking, and poetry in your sig LOL!

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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2020, 11:42:23 AM »
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Nice interlocking, and poetry in your sig LOL!

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Aww thanks for noticing!  :)
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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2020, 02:23:05 PM »
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Looks interesting (and fun), but to use it on a T-Trak layout won't you need another module (or two) on each end to get back to the standard T-Trak spacing and 2 lines?
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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2020, 02:24:12 PM »
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That looks like about $10,000.00 in Kato track.  Come on stimulus check...  :P

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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2020, 04:33:22 PM »
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Looks interesting (and fun), but to use it on a T-Trak layout won't you need another module (or two) on each end to get back to the standard T-Trak spacing and 2 lines?

Those are out of scope at this stage. Eventually, I will do transitions, but mostly for right now, I want something to shoot my stuff on that I can also run on.

That looks like about $10,000.00 in Kato track.  Come on stimulus check...  :P

About $230 from MBK.
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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2020, 05:01:47 PM »
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That Unitrack may not work well for a lightly-used branchline, but I'd say if there was ever a tailor-made US-prototype use for it, the Pennsy mainline would be it.

From my old PRR Juniata Division...the foreground track is Unitrack while the background track is just plain ol' Atls code 80:

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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2020, 05:21:01 PM »
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That Unitrack may not work well for a lightly-used branchline, but I'd say if there was ever a tailor-made US-prototype use for it, the Pennsy mainline would be it.

From my old PRR Juniata Division...the foreground track is Unitrack while the background track is just plain ol' Atls code 80:



OOH I forgot you did that. The turnouts may be tight (#4's) but it should be fine. If something derails because they are flying from track 1 to track 4, that's the user's fault. I remember @kelticsylk telling me about speed limits up there.
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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2020, 05:40:42 PM »
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I will paint those concrete ties.
Paint the sides of the rails, too.

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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2020, 05:42:37 PM »
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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2020, 06:02:25 PM »
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Painting all those concrete ties will put you into another dimension of existence. I just did the two tracks on one double module and I was knocking on the door. I have a second module with the concrete tie track already down, but it is not painted yet.
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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2020, 06:03:46 PM »
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If you're going to re-ballast the track, why not just spray paint it tie brown?
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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2020, 06:12:54 PM »
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I suppose it depends on how fine your ballast is. I measure the relief of the tie surface above the plastic “ballast” at about 0.012”, and that’s at the end of the tie. The ties dip down in the middle as per prototype to almost flush with the cast ballast. IDK how big the Kato ballast granules are, but I think they would bury the tie. There just is not much relief.
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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2020, 07:29:24 PM »
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Terrific!
Ha! Glad you enjoy!

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Paint the sides of the rails, too.
That's the plan!

Painting all those concrete ties will put you into another dimension of existence. I just did the two tracks on one double module and I was knocking on the door. I have a second module with the concrete tie track already down, but it is not painted yet.
I've done this once on a single and it wasn't too bad. Honestly, I like repetitive tasks where I can turn my brain off and grind it out, but the more I think of it...that was a 2 track single, hot a 4 track quadruple!

If you're going to re-ballast the track, why not just spray paint it tie brown?

I will absolutely ballast. @Dave V how did you do yours? I have that ballast that @GaryHinshaw swears by. Would that be thin enough?
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No, I said "Ed's Law."

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Re: T-TRAK: PRR MG Interlocking
« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2020, 07:38:49 PM »
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looks good


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