This week marked a significant milestone in the creation of the LK&O railroad. Orders were placed for all of the track needed to build it. There should be some smiling online hobby shop owners out there right now because the orders were significant. Model railroading may be the World’s Greatest Hobby but it sure isn’t the World’s Least Expensive Hobby!
I selected Walthers/Shinohara Code 83 brand of track for my layout. While this brand is rather spendy compared to other brands it offered some advantages that really appealed to me:
- Very realistic looking ties, plate, and spike detail
- Largest selection of turnouts (switches)
- Made in Japan rather than China
My track plan relies on several curved turnouts. Walthers/Shinohara is the only brand that makes available all of the different frog angles of curved turnouts that I need. I love the look of a curved turnout and they really save space compared to using a straight turnout in conjunction with curved track.
There are some in the hobby that hand lay track just like real railroads. They lay ties, cut rail, and spike it down one spike at a time. They even make their own turnouts often using a FastTracks jig system. While I appreciate their craftsmanship I just can’t imagine myself doing that. The time required to hand lay the LK&O would be totally out of hand. The hobby is all about having fun and to me hand laying track, while rewarding when finished, would not be a lot of fun in the process. Besides, I want to run trains sometime this decade! So, production track it is for me. At least Walthers/Shinohara is some mighty fine looking production track.
LK&O Track Components
|Flex track – 1 meter||948-815||338|
|#8 RH Curved||948-8829||2|
|#7.5 RH Curved||948-8889||1|
|#7 LH Curved||948-8894||1|