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The Cascade Loop - my T gauge micro layout

Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:29 am
by MIHS85
Hi everyone,

I usually dabble in Z scale but have just finished a small T gauge layout which I wanted to share with you. I call it the Cascade Loop after the beautiful Cascade Mountains up in the Pacific Northwest of the US.

Here are a few shots (showing once more that a macro lens can be quite unforgiving...):
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The layout was inspired by this N scale layout from an old Arnold Rapido track plan collection from the 1960s. As the Tgauge choice for (continental) European rolling stock is rather limited (to say the least), I decided to transport the scenery into an American setting. My plan is, however, to now start building the whole thing in Z scale and clone it as closely as possible after this image.
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Source: Arnold Rapido track-layouts 0020, 3rd ed. 1966,
reproduced with the kind permission of Hornby Hobbies (owners of the Rapido brand)
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Whilst the orginal Arnold N scale track plan forsees a 75 x 57 cm baseboard, the T gauge version has a footprint of 30 x 20 cm, i.e. the size of an A4 sheet. So it's quite tiny...

Cheers,

Chris
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Re: The Cascade Loop - my T gauge micro layout

Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:44 am
by zdrada69
Tasty layout (and beer)

Re: The Cascade Loop - my T gauge micro layout

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:35 am
by mattd10
Super layout!

Re: The Cascade Loop - my T gauge micro layout

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:07 pm
by MIHS85
@zdrada69 and mattd10: Thanks!

Below some photos from the built. Track, vehicles, figures, utility poles, etched brass railings, spruce trees and tunnel portals are all from Tgauge.com. Same for all of the rolling stock except for the EMD F7 A/B units. I got the shells for these from Shapeways (Jesse's T-Scale Models), painted them and applied some self-made inkjet decals. The buildings are N scale cardstock models from scalemodelplans.com which I scaled down to T gauge size. The stone bridge was kitbashed from a tunnel portal kit and the road bridge and steel girder bridge were scratch built from polystyrene profiles.
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Re: The Cascade Loop - my T gauge micro layout

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:21 pm
by gbtrains
that looks very well made.
well done.

Re: The Cascade Loop - my T gauge micro layout

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:55 pm
by Nutter
That is really good, which track sections did you use?
Like the fact that you have provided work in progress pictures.

Another download site for US buildings is Clever Models

In Z least you have MTL locos and rolling stock. Have sitting in my other gauges box 2 F7 locos one Santa Fe red Warbonnet and one Great Northern that have been DCC fitted. Marklin Santa Fe coach set plus swiss stuff.

Re: The Cascade Loop - my T gauge micro layout

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:15 pm
by MIHS85
Thanks to both of you!

Mike, also thanks for pointing me to the Clever Models site. Didn't know that one before.

As for the track sections, I used the 70mm radius fine track set from Tgauge.com. That comes with two 60mm straights which I used on the backside of the layout (going over the steel bridge). The problem was getting some extra straights for in front of the station and the siding. I inquired with Tgauge.com if they would sell me three extra 60mm straights, but they did not have any available at the time. So I just used one regular 60mm plastic trackbed section for next to the station, a 12mm regular straight for the siding, cut the point also to a length of 60mm, and hid the plastic track by elevating the ground around the tracks with paper-faced foamboard sheets (a fantastic material!). The fine scale track sections were brought up to the same level with cork and polystyrene sheets. You'll get the idea if you have a closer look at the first photo from my built.

As regards locos, yes, I still find that to be a limitation in t gauge. It is already a bit of a problem in Zscale, but for Tgauge the choice is very small (and yes, a steam loco would be really nice!).

Below a comparison of the Cascade Loop with my Z scale micro layout. That's also tiny (50x30 cm, 120 mm Rokuhan curves), but it looks quite big next to T.
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Re: The Cascade Loop - my T gauge micro layout

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:49 pm
by MMBUFBerlin
Hello Chris,

it's smaller! (-;
Finkenstein 1 and 2
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Finkenstein 2 with background
Finkenstein 2 with background
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Finkenstein 2 in the box
Finkenstein 2 in the box
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... But only suitable for two-axle vehicles.

Kind regards
Uwe

Re: The Cascade Loop - my T gauge micro layout

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:56 pm
by Nutter
Is that the GP9 i spy on the picture with the beer? How does it cope with the tight radius curve?

Re: The Cascade Loop - my T gauge micro layout

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:03 am
by mattinair
WOW(!) ..... :)

Re: The Cascade Loop - my T gauge micro layout

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:41 pm
by MIHS85
Nutter wrote:Is that the GP9 i spy on the picture with the beer? How does it cope with the tight radius curve?
It's the GP8 from TGauge.com. It has the 16mm chassis and runs
fine. But anything longer and you'll be in trouble with this radius.

Here's a short video:

https://youtu.be/YIBURtJ_RqE

Re: The Cascade Loop - my T gauge micro layout

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:01 am
by Nutter
Cheers for that, realised too late I said wrong number was looking at my Z gauge stock,
1 x GP9,3 x F7b , 5x F7a and a Mikado steamer, :roll:
Know the limits of the track, have several british loco's that work on 16m chassis :D

Re: The Cascade Loop - my T gauge micro layout

Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:24 pm
by jesse6669
Great layout! I especially like the station building. Really nice!

Re: The Cascade Loop - my T gauge micro layout

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:45 pm
by kajovog
For the Fine Tracks, did you do anything special at the joints? like filing or cutting the rails? I just started to use Fine Tracks and I am concerned about the gaps and miss-alignment I am seeing. When I look at your video the operation is really smooth.

Re: The Cascade Loop - my T gauge micro layout

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:11 pm
by MIHS85
No, nothing special, but I did take indeed quite some extra care to have the track bed level and all the track well aligned before glueing it to the track bed (with some very liquid super glue in order to avoid having to lift up the tracks again and thereby risking mis-alignment) . Actually, the biggest pain for me was to paint the rail joiners - the (acrylic) paint just did not want to stick to the material and I did have to give it several goes.

One tip for the ballast: the T-gauge ballast is, in my view, still a bit too coarse at this scale. I ended up using, therefore, a finer, basically powder-like ballast from Koemo, a German company (https://www.koemo.de/wegschotter-0-00-0-15mm.html). They produce, by the way, very realistic looking ballast for all types of scales and a very good glue for ballasting as well.

Re: The Cascade Loop - my T gauge micro layout

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:18 pm
by kajovog
Thanks, appreciate the answer. The Koemo stuff looks great. Thanks for the tip.