Trackwork for Toy Trains

Trackwork for Toy Trains

Peter Riddle

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Nothing characterizes a toy train layout like its three-rail trackwork, and nothing is more important to a toy train operator's enjoyment. This essential guide addresses O gauge trackwork from nearly all of today's major manufacturers. The author provides an overview of the various lines of sectional and flexible track, then demonstrates with the step-by-step photography the basic techniques for cutting, bending, wiring, and layout installation. Also includes tips and tricks for working with special trackwork, such as switches, crossings, and accessory activation sections.



Author: Peter Riddle
Softcover; 8 1/4 x 10 3/4; 96 pages; 200 color photos; 10 illustrations; ISBN: 9780890247


After 44 years in the teaching profession, 36 of them on the faculty of the School of Music at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Peter Riddle retired to begin a second career as a full-time author.

A life-long model railroader (he inherited his sisterís Lionel set before he was five), Peter is the author of 12 previous books on the subject and has written on the topics of wiring, scenery, track planning, and the history of toy train manufacturing. He contributes regularly to Classic Toy Trains magazine and has also published five novels.
Introduction 6

O GAUGE TRACK BASICS
Chapter One: The many shapes of toy train track 9
Chapter Two: A hundred-year-old design 14

SECTIONAL TRACK FOR TRAIN SETS
Chapter Three: Lionel FasTrack 18
Chapter Four: MTH RealTrax 24
Chapter Five: Temporary and permanent layouts 30

SCALE LIKE TRACK
Chapter Six: Sectional hollow rail track 41
Chapter Seven: Sectional solid rail track 50
Chapter Eight: Flexible track 56

WORKING WITH TRACK COMPONENTS
Chapter Nine: Switches 65
Chapter Ten: Other track components 77
Chapter Eleven: Roadbed 86

Sources and references 95
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