T-Trak Empire

Discussion in 'Modular Layout Forum' started by TrainGuyRom, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. TrainGuyRom

    TrainGuyRom Member

    I think, since I will be moving in a few years, and have no layout, I might go T-Trak. If I do a home layout, I would just have to dismantal it when I just got started on scenery(my favorite part.) So, with T-Trak I don't have to do much woodwork, or heavy lifting, I can do scenery on a day off, I can just set it up in front of the TV without setting up a table, or worry about carpet fibers getting into the engines. My plan is to acheive MMR (Master Model Railroader: http://www.nmra.org/education/achievement/ap_master.html for more information.) entirly with portable N scale. also, I just want to show off my skill at train events, AND do switching operations. Now, for the operations, I would need a U shaped layout with a full yard, several industries, and a lot of space (about 11'x8'). so, start with 4 corners, and 4 straights. I want to use Santa Fe for the railroad, a small yard, and 1-3 industries.

    Now that is a lot of info. so, to sum it up: Santa Fe railroad running from a small yard around 4 corners, and 4 straights (2 of which to be a yard), doing a little switching at an industry or two & back, all on a T-Trak layout (53"x28.5").

    Is this doable on a budget for an experianced modeler? Can I get some advice? any other comments?
  2. MidnightRR

    MidnightRR Member

    You're all over the map here. You had that other thread dealing with your interest in scratchbuilding in On30. What happened to that?
  3. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    What certification will you be targeting? You have to achieve several. I'll go out on a limb and guess that N-scale is harder to achieve than other scales...you will find scratch building locomotives and cars much more difficult (although it is possible)...and super detailing them.

    The structures won't be a walk in the park either. The only easier part in n-scale MIGHT be the scenery since less is required.

    I would suggest going after one certification BEFORE making an MMR your goal.
  4. TrainGuyRom

    TrainGuyRom Member

    I haven't come here in a while, sorry.
    Your right. N scale is harder to scratch build.
    And, yes I should go Golden spike before MMR. I still dream about it, but my skill is nowhere near good enough for MMR (although I do know a lot about trains.). Maybe in a few years.:sad:

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