T&W (Triplett & Western)

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rvn2001
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T&W (Triplett & Western)

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I've been working on my new T scale layout. I've been waiting for a while for N.A. prototype equipment to be available and, thanks to several designers on Shapeways and the new GP loco from Trainaidsa now available, it's time I get some trains running. I've come up with a layout that will fit in my car along with all of my Z-Bend Track Z scale modules and trains. The layout is 14" (.36 meter) X 5' (1.52 meter). I'll be running the GP loco along with the new tanker from Trainaidsa and some boxcars and a caboose as a freight train and an E8/9 pulling several 85' smooth-side passenger cars as a passenger train. The curve on the left will be in the mountains with a river to the outside at it's base. The inside curve on the right will be for continuous running of the freight train and the outside curve on the right side will be for the passenger train to stop at an airport. The airport will be to the right of the outside curve. There will be a town and some countryside inside the oval. I hope this layout will be a big hit at train shows.
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You've got quite a lot of space to play with there, so it should do well. You will soon get used to hearing the word "tiny" at exhibitions, though if you normally work in Z that might already be familiar!

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I've made some progress on the layout. All of the track is installed, wired and operating reliably. The clearances for the tunnels through the mountain are fixed and the mountain is in rough condition. Next to do is finish the mountain and work on some kind of town.
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Here is the T Scale layout as it will appear at a show this Saturday. I still need to add people and autos but it will be good enough for it's debut. This will be the first serious T Gauge layout at a show in the St. Louis, MO area.
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What a difference to your pictures from january. You must have been really busy in the last weeks, and the result is fantastic :D

The right hand plane with the wingtip tanks looks a bit like the glorious Lockheed Super Connie around 1954, fitting well as timestamp with the train ;)
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Thank you for your kind words. I have been busy. The T scale layout will make it's debut this Saturday at a local show. The airport items were given to me by a N scaler who received it from someone who thought it would go with his trains. That is a Connie.....people recognize it quickly. I believe the other plane is a Lockheed Electra. The t gauge is certainly easier to transport than my Z scale modules.
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Here are a few pictures of the T gauge layout on display.
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Here is a quick video of this layout.

Enjoy,
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Really like that layout! Nice work.

Couple questions if you don't mind.

Is the GP the sole powered unit in the rake? What are the rolling stock you got from shapeways? All of them in the video?

Again, really like your layout!

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Love the caboo.....I'm old enough to remember when the railroads stopped using them...Thanks for reminding me...I gota get one!

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Thanks for the compliments. The GP is the only powered unit. The tank car is from Trainaidsa and the rest are from Shapeways. The boxcar in front and the caboose are Jessie's and the second boxcar is Neil's.
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Here is a video of the t gauge passenger train that I just finished running on my t scale layout.
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Well, I've started to remodel my T scale layout. The 2-day train show I did allowed me to find the weak areas. I've removed the incline. It was too steep and too abrupt. I've also removed the points....one of them was causing problems with stalling/hesitating for all of my locos. I've also decided to add a second track that will go over the first track and the river. I'm removing the power supply plugs that plug into the track as they proved unreliable. I'm soldering wires to the rail joiners instead. This is all made more difficult because all of the buildings and scenery are still there except for the end where the mountain was. I'm still waiting on an order of replacement track. I hope to have this ready before the end of the month when I'm doing another 2-day show.
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Here are pictures of the modifications I've made to my T scale layout to improve it's performance.
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