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Tomix Tram Track - how to use it in a layout
« on: February 23, 2014, 07:23:14 PM »
A few questions...

How would you build up the area around the tomix tram track so that the street / buildings / pavements etc. were at the same height?

How could you make the trams run through cobbled or paved streets, rather than just the boring smooth grey plastic that if comes in?  I thought about sticking on paving stone pattern, but that would essentially sink the rail height below street surface level.

Any ideas welcome!

Cheers


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Re: Tomix Tram Track - how to use it in a layout
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2014, 07:36:39 PM »
A recentish model railway magazine had and article about making cobbles. Basically, if I remember correctly, it involved a softish product rolled flat in situ, and the cobbles were formed with the open end of a biro refill pressed into the surface all over, to look like cobbles.

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Re: Tomix Tram Track - how to use it in a layout
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2014, 07:39:03 PM »
I've been thinking on the same lines and wondered whether print paper cobblestones might be the answer.  I've used them in my Bampney Village back streets and they look effective and I wouldn't have thought it would've changed the height of the road level much.  As far the surrounding road area being brought up to level, I'm still pondering that one, maybe a plaster/PVA mix might be the answer, similar to what I did with the goods yard and turntable areas of my layout.

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Re: Tomix Tram Track - how to use it in a layout
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2014, 08:43:05 PM »
Easy solution to bringing the surrounding buildings to the same level.
Use 5mm foamboard - can be cut to the curves easily and can be coloured to suit.
It is also  the same height as the Tomix bus system track pieces and the std tomix track.
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Re: Tomix Tram Track - how to use it in a layout
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2014, 09:45:21 PM »
I've also used cork to bring the buildings up to the same level
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Re: Tomix Tram Track - how to use it in a layout
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2014, 02:24:23 PM »
cheers for the replies!

I think I am edging towards sticking on cobbles or paved sheets. maybe even embossed card or something if thin enough and doesn't sink rail height too much.

Never used foam board before. Need to read up on it. That or cork seem best ideas. want it to be light weight.

Tomix tram track is good but in retrospect I think they should have designed street width track sections and offered it in cobbled paving and more modern asphalt looks.

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Re: Tomix Tram Track - how to use it in a layout
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2014, 08:26:40 PM »
I wouldn't disagree.  Furtwangen Ost has the early version of the Tomix tram track with the inserts separate.  It isn't easy to lay, especially when medically hamfisted like me, and it has a habit of just being a quarter-millimetre too high in that one inaccessible spot where it matters.

I've given up on Kato mechanisms on Furtwangen Ost.  They just don't like my track.  The much cheaper Tomix cars run much better, though there is a tendency not to straighten out at the end of a bend.  Modemo trams run well if the track is clean but Tomix Radius 1 is right on their pick-up limit.  Linea 8 trams (the two I have) run well enough but again don't like radius 1 curves.

All my trams have a GPS dome added to one end- this is because with R1 curves and seperate inlays most cars run better one way round than the other!

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Re: Tomix Tram Track - how to use it in a layout
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2014, 07:40:29 PM »
Thinking about this, how about using Balsa as a sub-board either side of the roadway, and Busch or Faller cobbles over the top?

Another way would be to use the Tomix Finetrack RAILWAY track in ceratin areas and lay scenic scatter between the rails to make a grassed reservation?

All the very best
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Re: Tomix Tram Track - how to use it in a layout
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2014, 09:25:11 PM »
Hello, I had trouble raising a few items up to track level - I use Kato Unitrack and doing the shopping with the wife in Asda, and in the Stationery section they had packs of A4 sheets of a softish board, - fair enough it had a few different colours in the pack 12 for 1.50 +/- But is a dream to cut even for odd shapes and just put a few sheets on top of each other to get right height,

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Re: Tomix Tram Track - how to use it in a layout
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2014, 10:27:06 PM »
yes foam board or balsa sounds like a good idea

any thoughts on kato v tomix track?

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Re: Tomix Tram Track - how to use it in a layout
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2014, 08:13:08 PM »
yes foam board or balsa sounds like a good idea

any thoughts on kato v tomix track?

Tim

At the moment each seems to have the bits the other lacks-  the Kato has double-track turnouts and the Tomix a much better selection of plain track sections, but the points aren't (yet) set into the roadway.   Tomix track is also a good deal cheaper than Kato......

I currently use Tomix track, but have found that my "grass track" sections defeat all Kato mechanisms- the bits set into the roadway will run anything.  Modemo, Linea8 and Tomix mechanisms run well throughout- I'm waiting the delivery og an Arnold Duewag car so it will be interesting to see this run.  Also good runners on Tomix track are a Minitrix Glaskastern and a Farish 04 diesel, though these are restricted by the archway at one end of the layout.

My next tram layout is at least two years off, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Tomix will bring out pointwork set into the roadway by then.

All the very best
Les

 

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