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  1. Andrew Pratt

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    Does anyone know anything about installing about 100 foot of dual track, large scale, model train requirements, and power supply reqs. etc? A friend of mine is looking to install a setup in a clients house but needs some guidance on the how's and what's etc.
     
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    Wouldn't doing this professionally for a client require that he know what he is doing?
     
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  4. Andrew Pratt

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    burkes right in that this is part of a much larger install project that he is very familar with. The trains were something the client requested he also install knowing that he wasn't an expert in the matter...
     
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    Asking for help is getting off on the right track then...
     
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    Tell your friend to contact a model train store. These people know their stuff and will give him all of the information he needs.
     
  7. Mark Frank

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    I can make a sweet Thomas the Tank Engine Wooden Railway setup. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    My 3-year-old will play with that set for hours at a time!
     
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    I'd get a bunch of specific requirements about the layout first; eg, does he want your friend to set up the landscaping/bridges/track flow or is this just a straight oval to run around a room? What gauge track is he using (hopefully HO, since everything else is pretty difficult and expensive to find)? As for power, 2 20 Amp dedicated circuits should be enough, (1 if its just a straight oval) unless hes doing something really funky with a lot of control circuits or a lot of lighting/mooing billboards/etc (I love the mooing dairy billboards).

    Make sure your friends has some experience with modelling (paper maiche, painting, texturing) if he wants a realistic layout. Tunnels that go into the walls are cool (provided you can reach in there to get cars out if they derail).

    I've got a bunch of S-gauge Lionel stuff that I've been meaning to set up for a while now. If you have the patience, money, and time, it really is a super cool hobby. My neighbor when I was a kid built an entire trestle out of matchsticks, and it is still one of the most amazing pieces of woodcraft I've ever seen.

    Here are some links:

    http://www.modelrailroadingmag.com/
    http://www.nmra.org/
    http://www.walthers.com/

    For "how much is this old set worth?":
    http://www.guesswork.com/~stev/NMRA-valuation.html
     
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    Matt
    Space is a problem.....and if you live in a San Francisco Victorian it is a real pain.
    When I was rebuilding the front rooms I wanted to put a 2 inch strip of wood on the picture rail that would have track on it.
    Since my Entertainment cabinet if 6 ft wide, the main part of the set up would be on there.....it would hae been so cool!
    But I am married (still) and she was not in favor.
    She now admits it would have been good (not publically)
    Instead I built a 8 foot wide cabinet that opens up with my trains insides.
    The layout splits into 4 pieces - 2 feet wide, and stores in the cabinet.
    A lot of work but I am still married!
    Yes, it is very expensive. My grandmother loved trains and gave me the original set and I got most of the rest for xmas presents in I was about 10 YO. I could not afford most of them right now. One engine I have goes for around $800 on ebay and the cars are $30 -$100....the price tags said they were bout for about $2 a piece[​IMG] [​IMG]

     

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