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10.06.2014
There were so many things to look at… Not just the trains, the engines and cars, but all the figures, cars, animals, and details in the layout.
And then you’ll need to make at least one more trip looking at the vintage railroad engines and cars displayed on the walls and on the side of the layout! The bubbling oil rig lights that look like vintage bubble light Christmas tree ornaments were a complete surprise. You can delete the comment if inappropriate, but I was pointed to this site a year ago by someone, and there were so many train layouts under Christmas trees that I spent the twelve days of Christmas looking at them. This little set (still intact in its original box) I enlarged over a short period of time with odds and ends of secondhand Italian "Rivarossi" stuff.
The Helsinki Model Railroad Club has a fantastically detailed layout, with accurately modeled Finnish engines & rolling stock, period buildings etc.
The track gauge also dictates the size of the entire layout, because you must be careful not to make the curves so tight that the rolling stock has difficulty following them.
Isn't it strange how so many of the great animators working at the Disney Studio during animation's golden age were railroad hobbyists?
Turnouts are driven by a capacitor pulse that ensures sufficient energy for the short time needed to set the turnout. Electrically, this layout is run on "separate half-wave pulse modulated DC", which means I can run two engines (each equipped with a diode inside) independently, provided they run in different directions. Covering the plywood supports with cardboard and thick aluminum foil gave me a good base for the landscape.
Note that there are two small "hills" on top of the large hill - these are covers for openings that enable me to rescue a train that might have derailed in the tunnels! Painting with acrylics (animation cel paint, actually!) mixed with a little sawdust gave me the right texture. For landscaping, more sawdust, natural stones and lichen which I colored in a mixture of water color and glycerine. I made trees by twisting together thin, soft copper wire for roots, trunks and branches, painted them brown, and then glued colored sawdust to the branches as foliage. There are a few "Hall-element" magnetic transducers under the track, and small magnets under each train's first car that makes the layout automatic: The lights go red, one train stops at the station, until the other clears the 3-turnout area - then the light goes green and the first train can continue.
It is interesting and challenging to photograph any miniature model - you have to know your camera equipment well, and be familiar with the pitfalls of depth of field, camera shake, etc.
I prefer to use 35mm 100 ASA slide film, mostly using a macro-focusing 24-48mm wide angle zoom lens (wide angle lenses give better perspective and greater depth of field). I have a large picture file (250 K, 600x800, high quality JPG) on a separate page, a miniature on the right.
I have also shot 3-dimensional pictures of the layout, one example can be found on my 3-D page. The pictures were scanned (with a Minolta Dimage Dual scanner) from negatives taken in very weak light with a Minolta Vectis S-1 APS camera loaded with 200 ASA print film. The lighting inside the houses is simple: I used ordinary flashlight bulbs (a few each in series), and some transparent paper in the windows for diffusion.
The street lights are yellow, "diffuse" type, 3 mm diameter LEDs mounted on pieces of thin but stiff plastic tubing. Did you know that there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of different stamps with railroad motifs? There are a number of manufacturers of O gauge model railroad track, and some manufacture more than one style of track.
However, if you are just getting started, and you only have enough track to make a simple loop, it’s a lot easier to switch track brands now, rather than later, after you have bought hundreds of dollars worth of additional track (see what expanding your layout can cost on our Comparing Prices of O Gauge Track Page). All other track, no matter what other differences it may have, do not have an integrated roadbed. All-in-one track tends to be more expensive than non-integrated track, although at the high end, Atlas track is comparable in price to all-in-one track (see our Track Price Comparison page). All-in-one track tends to lock together better than non-integrated track, and the integrated plastic roadbed makes it a better choice for a floor railroad, especially one on a carpeted right-of-way. All-in-one track can be noisy due to the hollow plastic roadbed, although non-integrated track can be noisy as well, if not mounted on a sound-deadening roadbed.
At the lower end of the range of non-integrated O gauge track, little has changed in the century it has been available. The plastic or wood ties of Gargraves and Ross track offer an advantage in that the two outside rails are insulated from each other, where the metal ties of Lionel track provide an electrical connection between the outer rails.
The joining system of Atlas track makes it more difficult to simply cut pieces to fit as you can with Lionel, Gargraves, or Ross non-integrated track, but to make up for that, they offer a wide array of short straight and curved pieces. Ross and Gargraves tubular tracks connect to each other easily, and adapter pins make it easy to connect them to Lionel tubular track, so if you have a pile of tubular track, you can expand with Gargraves or Ross without having to junk your Lionel tubular track.


When you look at the table at the bottom of the page, you can see that Ross has the greatest selection of switches and crossover tracks of any brand, whether tubular or all-in-one. Gargraves and Atlas both offer a wide selection of switches, as do the all-in-one brands Lionel Fastrack and MTH RealTrax. The two all-in-one brands are fairly equal, although Lionel Fastrack offers a wider variety of short pieces. I don’t recall word for word, but it was so alarming that I indeed remained glued to the station and watched the news especially for that report. I myself was completely smitten with the Lionel Madison Hardware Shop model — there was a miniature model train set in the miniature store window!
Note the "joystick" type engineer's control handle (wooden dart with suction cup) - quite advanced for 1954!
N scale is also becoming more common, thanks to its smaller size, and is provided by several manufacturers. The scales on these gauges vary, sometimes the rolling stock is modelled on narrow-gauge prototypes, which means the scale is larger than for "ordinary" gauge prototypes. Here's a scale model of the Tk3, displayed at the Finnish Railway Museum, in Hyvinge, less than an hour's drive north of Helsinki.
Ward Kimball, Ollie Johnston, Carl Fallberg, to name just a few - oh, and let's not forget Walt Disney himself! A layout with nice possibilities needs several concentric loops of tracks plus landscaping, hills, tunnels, bridges etc. As you can see, I have economized and used a minimum amount of the rather expensive turnouts. To learn how I shot these video clips (with a sugar-cube sized video camera), go to the "Mini video camera"-page. I can park a train on the inner one of the tracks that run over the hills, or on the inner loop.
It is important that the painted surfaces look a bit rough - there are no enamel-smooth cliffs in nature! I've spent many hours looking for interesting camera angles, choosing the right lens & lighting when photographing my layout.
The best lighting is natural window light or electronic flash ("bounced" via ceiling or wall) to avoid harsh shadows - sometimes using a large white cardboard as a reflector to lighten up the shadow side. It shows the entire layout from an angle not seen on this page, so if you don't mind the little wait, click to enlarge! However, this special camera lacks any focusing mechanism (hard to construct on a revolving-lens camera), so I had to use a close-up diopter lens, which doesn't give the best possible results - because of the rotating optics and the distortion introduced by the diopter, there is a slight horizontal smear even on those parts of the image that ought to be in perfect focus. I added the sky and corrected the colors on my Mac - the pictures originally had a very strong orange hue, due to the overhead artificial light which I dimmed to barely a glow. The LEDs are bent on their leads to a horizontal position, and painted with silver paint on the top, to simulate the reflectors of real street lights. If you find something of value here, please "pay it forward" and help us keep the site operating by a secure donation through PayPal (PayPal account is not required), or by shopping with our advertisers. You visit a local hobby store to buy more, and you see a dizzying array of track that looks vastly different, all of it labeled O gauge.
Modern O gauge train sets come with easy to use “all-in-one” track (a definition of that below in “styles of track”) that is great for beginners that don’t have a table on which to run their trains.
Ask you local hobby shop about their opinions of the various track brands and styles available. Don’t worry about it unless you are buying “old-school” tubular track (see more about tubular track below). This track has an integrated plastic base that is designed to look like a ballasted railroad roadbed. However, Gargraves and Atlas track look more realistic when laid on a cork roadbed and ballasted, but that’s also a lot more laborious than just clicking Lionel FastTrack or MTH RealTrax together.
A lack of a sound-deadening material between either style of track and the plywood surface of the train table results in the amplification of the rumble of all those metal wheels on metal rails into a deafening roar. Lionel’s O gauge and O-27 gauge tubular track is made from tin-plated steel that is subject to rust if exposed to moisture.
They both feature protoypical size closely-spaced wood or plastic ties that look much more realistic than the metal ties on Lionel tubular track.
If you need to insulate an outer rail with Lionel tubular track (there are some reasons you might want to do so – we’ll talk about these later), you have to buy and insulated track section, or perform a little track surgery to alter a regular piece of track. It has very realistic ties, and features a solid nickel-silver rail with a very realistic-looking cross section.
You can also mate these tubular tracks to Atlas or the all-in-one style track with an adapter track.


There is no single winner among the track types, however, as I said, for beginners, the all-in-one style tracks probably have more pros than cons. It’s not just the rush of the choo-choos, the excitement of their woo-woos, but the chance to build the whole miniature world!
But if you consider the years you can take to build and grow your set, it’s achievable to do it piece by piece.
I guess it’s like looking at photos of the interiors of General Stores from the past.
I built some houses from plastic "Faller" kits and a few of my own design of painted cardboard.
Engines of the 5" (127 mm) gauge are usually 1:12 scale, and can often pull a train of half a dozen or more adult passengers - see below! At the museum, there are several restored old locomotives on display, click here for a page with a few pictures of them. A standard "HO"-scale layout of the functionality I wanted would have required four or five square meters of space - one third of the room! They really look much better than the molded plastic trees you can buy, and are a lot cheaper and really fun to do.
The f-stop must be as small as practically possible to get enough depth of field, so this means long exposure times with the camera on a tripod. The leads are connected to thin wires, well insulated, going through the tube (which is pushed into a drilled hole) and emerging on the underside of the the plywood base, where all connections are made. Stamps are small works of art - I spent a whole evening with a loupe, looking at the ones I bought! Each manufacturer has a method of joining track pieces together, so to use track from different manufacturers often requires a special adapter piece. They all have pros and cons, so this is a good time to study them and see if you want to change.
Also, the center rail on Gargraves’ “Phantom Line” and Ross track has been chemically blackened to make it more inconspicuous.
From this I can deduce that it must have been made pretty soon after WWII, in what later was called West Germany. This time around, I scrapped the idea of a shelf around the walls - the railroad must be protected from dust, too.
In this picture, the track is laid out for the first test run, to make sure the grades were not too steep for the tiny engines. The original slides are of course much sharper than you can see here, since I've had to compress the pictures quite heavily when scanning & putting them on the web server (otherwise you'd fallen asleep waiting for the pictures to load). Of course, I've connected several LEDs in series, and added a suitable series resistor to keep the current around 10 mA - otherwise the LEDs would burn out.
Here are just a few examples from different countries: Isle of Man (British Commonwealth), former Chechoslovakia, Hungary, Austria, Poland, Norway, India, Germany and Burma. The table at the bottom of the page compares the variety of sizes of curved, straight and switch tracks offered by Lionel FastTrack and MTH RealTrax, as well as non-integrated track brands. Gargraves also offers track made from stainless steel that is not subject to rust if used outdoors. There are those who know, by looking at a photo of a train layout not only when the photo was taken, but where the whole shebang came from.
This motorcycle toy (click to enlarge) has intriguing wind-up action: The rider stands beside the cycle, rises up on it, kick-starts, and then runs and steers the motorcycle in a circle. The image immediately above is in fact a enlargement of only a part of a slide which contains almost the whole layout - see small image at right. After just a few years, I had to tear down the shelves when my other activities in the mid-60's (such as magic tricks, chemical experiments, photography and finally animation) required more space.A few of my friends did keep their layouts operational well into their teens and even 20's, until they too had to pack them down for storage. However, since the pulse is very short, the coils cannot overheat (the "resting" current of 15 milliamps through the charging resistor does not generate any appreciable heat and is thus small enough to be ignored).
One had his layout on a large board that he could hoist to the ceiling of his bedroom with rope and blocks. The capacitor is charged and ready for action within 2-3 seconds after a previous switching.
If so, please email me!As you know, there are several different scales and gauges for model railroads.
This system insures effective and rapid switching of the turnout, and can be applied to other DC operated systems, too.



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