Pics from my tinplate layout

Discussion in 'G / O / S Scale Model Trains' started by Dave Farquhar, Feb 3, 2006.

  1. Dave Farquhar

    Dave Farquhar Member

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    I've been working on making a layout consisting of as many tin buildings as I can, just to be different. I really need to work on the lighting in my basement, as these pics show. Or get more light on the layout so that it's self-lighting. :)

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    Here's part of the residential district. I just noticed some of my construction debris still scattered about. In the foreground are some early postwar tinplate houses made by H&H Manufacturing of Pittsburgh. In the back you can see a corner of a tinplate house by Skyline, of Philadelphia. These look equally good with Lionel postwar, prewar tinplate, or Marx tinplate trains. I had a postwar boxcar that belonged to my dad flanked by some more recent production Lionel O27 on the track at the time I snapped the picture.

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    Here's my commercial district. The couple are pewter figures. The man is a Bowser, I don't know who made the woman figure. The Ferris Wheel is a modern reproduction. The buildings are mostly Christmas tins.
  2. spankybird

    spankybird OTTS Founder

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    Dave - Very Very Nice aussie
  3. Dave Farquhar

    Dave Farquhar Member

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    Tom, from you that's a high compliment. For what it's worth, my trackplan is based on your circus layout trackplan. I just widened it to 8x8 and made the inner loop out of Marx O34 track. Yours is all O42, right?
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    spankybird OTTS Founder

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    HI DAve,


    My circus layout for those who don't know is 5' x 8'. The outer loop is 042 and all the others is 027 including all switches

    Here is the track plan

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  5. wrmcclellan

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    Dave - very cool!
  6. Dave Farquhar

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    Thanks.

    Stretching Tom's trackplan out to 8x8, I was able to do an O42 outer loop and Marx O34 (which is O27 profile) inner loop. I eliminated the S curve on the left, because that better fit the track pieces I had available. Most of my switches are Marx O27; I had one working Marx O34 switch so I used it in the upper right.

    It makes for a nice layout and my Marx trains, which run like jackrabbits, do a lot better on the broad O42 curves than they do on tight O27s. At high speed, they can very easily fly off an O27 curve.