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Joeyd611

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Identifiying Tracks??????
« on: August 25, 2018, 06:18:26 pm »
I know absolutely NOTHING about these trains except for how much fun I had with them as a kid. My father has a pretty big collection that he loves, but never had the time to set it up. My brother and I want to surprise him for his retirement and set up his trains. We planned it all out, but are coming up short on tracking.

Here's where I need help. I have no idea what kind of track this is, or where to get more! Can anyone  help me out?  Feel free to email me with any answers Joeyd611@hotmail.com

Thanks guys!


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Re: Identifiying Tracks??????
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2018, 08:59:20 pm »
You have whatís called Lionel tinplate O Gauge track that the original Lionel Corporation made before 1970 in New York. As youíll notice on each of the 3 railroad ties that hold the rails in place, they have a stamp on them that say Lionel and NY. That size railroad tie distinguishes the difference between O Gauge track, and O27 track. O27 is the same width as O Gauge track, but itís railroad ties are smaller in height, and the rails are a little thinner. When you make a complete circle in O Gauge track using standard curve sections, it will make a circle 31 inches in diameter, and requires 8 pieces of curved track to make a complete circle. O27 track requires 8 pieces of curved sections as well, but it has a tighter radius diameter of 27 inches. So when you purchase track, make sure you ask for tinplate O Gauge track. You can find this track at any good Hobby shop in your area that sells Lionel trains and accessories. If one is not easily accessible to get to, you can always shop the Internet such as a Trainworld.com, Charles Ro Supply, Grzyboski Trains, etc etc, or you can go on eBay.com and search Tinplate O Gauge Track, or even VINTAGE O Gauge track and find some good original tinplate O Gauge track that was made made in the USA back in the day, and not in China where theyíre made today. (Vintage track actually feels a little stronger and sturdier than current production made tinplate track) Either case, thatís what you want to look for to match the track you currently have, that originally was your Fathersí when he was a boy. Do not be talked into purchasing the new Lionel Fastrack. Itís beautiful track, but itís not compatible with your Tinplate track, unless you purchase an adaptor track they produce and then purchase all new trackage. It starts to get costly at this point. Stick with what you have. Itís still great time proven track and full proof. I use it myself for my 2 running holiday train displays every year. I just says Lionel to me underneath my Christmas tree.
I hope this helps you out. Tom

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Re: Identifiying Tracks??????
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2018, 07:38:51 am »
You have what is known as '027' tinplate track. The length of the straight track you have should be 8 3/4 inches.

'0' gauge track has wider ties, and the ties are black.


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« Last Edit: August 26, 2018, 07:42:10 am by TrainLarry »

 

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