I have just joined the family.

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by old trackman, Apr 5, 2003.

  1. old trackman

    old trackman New Member

    I have just joined the family and would like to say i am still collecting N- gauge stuff. I worked at Homestake Mining Co. in Lead SD. for 26 years as a trackman underground. People could not understand why. I just loved working on the track. I worked from the surface to the 8000ft. level. I want to build a door layout and have not started yet. I have most everything now except track. One day i will start out in my woodshop. I will surf this forum and get some ideas. Thanks.
  2. philip

    philip Guest

    Welcome Henry ! This is a great forum.

    philip :)
  3. billk

    billk Active Member

    Welcome to the Gauge, Henry - glad you found us! I spent about 1-1/2 years in Rapid City at SDSM&T in the mid-80's - beautiful area, still miss it.
  4. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hello Henry and welcome to the gauge, lots of friendly people with loads of information to give you, so just ask away friend.
  5. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    An old trackman...

    ...without track???;)

    Welcome aboard otm!

    My first N Gauge layout was a hollow core door. I always enjoyed the sound of my SD-45 as it transmitted nicely. That's to say- the door resonated the growl as it made it's way around the layout. Kinda like a free sound system!:D

  6. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Welcome aboard Henry. I just started my N scale layout on a door, my first. You couldn't ask for a better bunch of people to get help from then on The Gauge. Just read through some of the threads here, just look at the pictures, they're an inspiration.

    I too do a lot of woodworking and find that comes in handy in putting together a layout.

    good luck.

  7. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Welcome Henry, look forward to your pics.;)
  8. CSX6638

    CSX6638 Member

    Welcome Henry

    You will get all the help you need on this forum, everyone here is helpful, friendly and cordial.
    Good Luck with your layout
  9. old trackman

    old trackman New Member

    Is this possible?

    :) On my door layout I want to run two different trains and have sidings. I don't think i want any tunnels because it is hard to clean track in them. What do some of you think about Kato Unitrak? If I ask too many questions just say so. I have the door out in my shop and just need track. If anyone of you has a door layout with pics, could you post them or e- mail me? I don't want to build a boring layout, but one I could enjoy. Thats why I want two trains running on it. I have five deisels and many rolling stock. Thanks for any info.
  10. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Hi Henry and Welcome Aboard!!:)

    Although I model in HOn3 I have built 2 N scale layouts for other folks on 3-0 x 6-8 hollow core doors. One of the joys of doing that is that you can cut away portions of the top surface of the door and build scenery below the grade such as lakes and streams easily. I used Atlas flex track and cork roadbed on both of them. The reason I used the flex track was so that I could sort of "compromise" the curves to fit the width of the doors. You can fit a lot of railroad in the space available on one of those doors.

    We're all here to help so if you have any questions at all please post them:)

  11. Partsman

    Partsman Member

    Welcome, Henry!:)
  12. absnut

    absnut Member


    Welcome to the Gauge! About 1/4 of my present latout is Kato Unitrack and I love it. Like you, I will be building a door mounted layout within the next two years to travel with me in our motor home and, I will use Unitrack 100% on it.

  13. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Hey, hello Andrew, good to see you. been wondering if I'd see a post from you.:) :) :)

    D :cool: N
  14. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    I add my welcome to you too Henry. I am sure you can give us a ton of help too because of your interesting career experience.
  15. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Welcome Aboard, Henry

    Fell free to ask for any help you need. But be ready to answer some of our questions about "prototype" track laying. :D :D :D

    Hope to see more posts from you soon!! :)
  16. CSX6638

    CSX6638 Member

    Hi Don
    I've been around have posted on a few threads and a photo in this months contest. You layout looks like its coming along fine looks good. you will be happy that you did the draws when you start to accumulate engines and rolling stock.

  17. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    I obviously an not ready to participate in the photo contest, and I haven't been looking there either. I should, but there's so much good stuff here I could spend the day just looking at the pictures and not get anything done.

    BTW, I'm not sure that anyone here knows this, but it was you that suggested that I put a drawer under my layout. Yeah, I did go a bit overboard, but I had a lot more room than you.:D :D

    The layout is kinda at a standstill the past few days while I spend a little time doing some structures. Everything is a challenge right now so I do a bit of this and a bit of that so I don't screw one thing up too badly,:rolleyes: and maybe screw up a lot of things just slightly.:eek: :eek:

    D:cool: N
  18. CSX6638

    CSX6638 Member

    One thing I can tell you , get your track work layed out correct from the start and most everything else is a snap, even if you make a mistake or later decide to modify something it's usually not a big deal. I have changed several structures and land scaping but the track work was good from the start and I have not done a thing to it but keep it clean since I layed it, so don't worry about screwing anything up but the track.
  19. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    Welcome aboard Henery.

    Don't be shy about asking questions, these guys thrive on helping out. And if you have a question and can't get the answer here I would be totally amazed! :eek: You may have more of a problem getting too many answers. :D

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