So I have this Tyco HO train that I got when I was a kid in the late 60s or early 70s. It has been in a box since about then. I decided to get it out and set it up for my great niece and nephew. Turns out it’s missing some track. I have no grand ambition with it other than to set it up under a Christmas tree or something. What is the easiest, cheapest way to get a circle track set up for this?
I have no idea if the transformer works either.
Cheapest reliable track:
You will probably need 2 packs to make a complete circle.
Do you have a local train shop to test the transformer(powerpack)?
Thanks. I do have a train shop not that far away. I’ll have to see if they are open. So, on my existing tracks there is one piece with a couple of leads that I attach the wires of the transformer to. Will I need a special piece like that if I get a set of these?
Bachmann does make a curved terminal piece:
You beat me to the punch Fred Boucher…I was just getting ready to mention your name.
Notice the track in the posted pictures have that gray plastic bedding under the track sections. This sets the track sections at a certain height. It will be easiest to assemble the complete circle with these type section parts.
Sounds like a fun project.
Thanks folks. I took the transformer to the local train store and they checked it out. They suggested I start with just enough track to complete the circuit, of basically the same type as I have. So I did that and everything runs! Thanks for the tips folks.
If my great nephews and nieces show any interest in it, I probably will get some of the Bachmann snap fit. Or worse, I might do what I’ve been seeing in the YouTube videos about laying HO track.
I think my train set is pretty cheap. I don’t know what quality rail cars actually look like but these seem really frail. I’m surprised they survived my childhood…
Good to hear that you got it running
Yes, good to hear it’s operational. Keep going with it. Feel free to post pictures as well.