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#1 sportblazer350

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 07:37 PM

i am getting ready to set up a 4 lane h.o. track. I have been accumulating original Aurora Thunderjet track pieces and accessories for many, many years and would like to create a track layout using all of the various tracks (cobblestone, hills, squeeze, etc etc). So before i design the layout, i am thinking that the track pieces will need to be cleaned good before assembly, due to age. So- i need advice of the best method to clean the rails and rail ends, and the plastic track itself, as well as best method to mainain it after assembly. thanks T-jet fans!!  


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 07:56 PM

Before going any further, I would strongly suggest setting up a small test track first. A simple oval will suffice. If the clackity-clack doesn't drive you mad, then go ahead with a larger set up.


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Posted 14 April 2017 - 10:49 AM

Old track Uhg!

What is your purpose? Making a diorama with scenery and an HO train? The speed of the car is irrelevant.  Aurora lock and joiner track is charming in this application with all the accessories like RR crossing and turnout stuff.

Racing ? Have you ever ran a modern milled track? Dan Cronin of VSR now has a 3 lane track kit that is one piece for under $400!  It is sized just right to fit on a table fashioned from a door.

I think he may have these in stock ready to ship. In the fall I plan to have him do one for me with 4 lanes to fit on a 4x8. 

But if you do use old track you would be wise to treat it liberally with Armorall. Yes that will make it slippery at first but once you get it run in it will be better. Believe me.

And use a brush wire wheel in a dremel to brighten those miserable rail end tabs.

Good luck!


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 05:28 PM

why you ask? i want to re-create the late 1960's with all original track and cars. No, not for serious racing, but for serious FUN!  yes i know the difference between old noisy lock and joiner track. Kinda the difference between a '70 original 'Cuda and a new Challenger. Both are good for their intended purposes. :) 


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Posted 26 August 2017 - 01:01 AM

Hi kinda did something similar recently but with LifeLike track. Actually have Aurora set but with too many missing parts, the LL track made it easier and cheaper.
Cleaning use goo gone on the plastic followed by Armorall as was suggested. Track was slippery at first and it took some time to wear in the four lanes on 4x16 but now its great. BTW right now this is an outdoor setup, no way have room for that size indoors. Central Jersey has had a lot of rain lately, so I had to work at keeping thing dry. So far it's been great, all my friends were amazed at the size and speed. Good luck with your 60's setup
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Posted 22 October 2017 - 05:35 AM

Wow three post from NJ ,all from central.

 

Glen would be cool with some of Aurora Buildings please post when complete.

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