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Old 09-10-2019, 11:14 PM   #1
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Starting Over due to my own fault

Hello everyone.
I only managed to rip up half of the track on my layout, so I spent part of tonight desoldering & inspecting my HO atlas code 100 track. I'll work with what I have & make a list of what I need. I'll make a simple layout this time but leave turnouts for another day.
I'll keep you posted on my progress.
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Old 09-10-2019, 11:53 PM   #2
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Old 09-11-2019, 12:02 AM   #3
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i hope very thing turns out better for you this time .....
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:18 AM   #4
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I don't know your story, but on the face of it, I applaud your courage, wisdom, sense of reality, and your determination to find a way to enjoy a working layout.

Lesser characters would be well and truly dunned by your 'failure' and maybe leave the hobby or delay rectifying their errors for months or even years.

I didn't have to bust up a layout or tear up all my trackage, but I have had to do extensive repairs to substantial parts of it. Well, not so much repairs as relaying to correct problems. It was worth it, and became part of my own 'git 'er dun!' approach to the hobby. And my own history...now.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:08 PM   #5
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Maybe I need to do what MrStucky did. I have track laid, but I have one curve that's too tight for my passenger cars. I became discouraged at a couple other track problems and haven't touched the layout in about a year. if I removed about 1/4 of my track, and changed some things, I might get things going again. I'll think about this...
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:12 PM   #6
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I thought everyone rips up the railroad and starts over!
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Old 09-11-2019, 05:27 PM   #7
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Hello everyone.
I only managed to rip up half of the track on my layout, so I spent part of tonight desoldering & inspecting my HO atlas code 100 track. I'll work with what I have & make a list of what I need. I'll make a simple layout this time but leave turnouts for another day.
I'll keep you posted on my progress.
Turnouts weren't what did you in before. It was not being careful enough to provide a smooth, firm subroadbed and to achieve smooth, kink-free track-laying.
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:05 PM   #8
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I had a lot of problems keeping a train running when I started a few years ago too. My track work and electrical connections (both in quantity and quality) were poor. To make the first weeks of building my layout even more complicated, my first loco was defective.

My track is still not completed but what I have runs great!

My point is this; with patience and tenacity you will get past the problems I suspect many of us have faced in the incipient stages.

Good luck going forward!
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:29 PM   #9
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When I built my first layout I did a lot of ripping out track and rebuilding. I love watching trains running so I didn't have much track down to find my first mistakes. I also took it as a lesson learned, build and test a small section at a time. I think of my original design and what I ended up with. If I had built the whole thing then tested I would have had to rip out at least 3/4 of it. It was a major design flaw. Or just gave up. I'll be doing the same with out HO layout, build a little and test.
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:12 AM   #10
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I've rip up part of my layout just to try different track bed options! I've come to the conclusion that spending a lot of time getting the sub-road bed down right, is worth all the extra time. Makes track laying much easier (I now use CV ties and glue the rail down).
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