HO Garden Railroads?

Discussion in 'General' started by trainchaser007 (Brandon Adams RIP 9/22/2017), May 28, 2016.

  1. trainchaser007 (Brandon Adams RIP 9/22/2017)

    trainchaser007 (Brandon Adams RIP 9/22/2017) Passed away September 22, 2017

    I've read that plastic ties on HO track can't hold up to sunlight. Using other ties made from other materials, would it be possible to build an HO garden railroad? It seems to me that battery power (dead rail) would be the way to go vs. losing track power over a long distance. In regards to track and power, what would it take to build an HO garden railroad?
  2. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    One of the biggest obstacles to overcome is power; the typical HO locomotive (even steam) does not have enough internal space to accommodate batteries, radio and speed control equipment to put it all together. Aside from that, the outdoor environment is hell on ties and rail. Even in G gauge, it can be a challenge. Just ask Dan Hyde.
  3. U-3-b

    U-3-b Member Frisco.org Supporter

    I have seen it tried a few times and besides the power issue, there are all the things that are outside that lead to derailments like a blade of grass or a bug.
  4. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Oh my word. Between the various varmints that seem to find their way under our privacy fence, not to mention the two canines that tear through the yard, plus teen parties involving badminton, tetherball, Whiffle(r) Ball, Bocce I'm a long way off from giving garden railroading any consideration. I'm afraid I'm no help whatsover on this one.

    Best Regards,
  5. Mayhem

    Mayhem Member

    I thought about it, but it would be on a raised platform of some sorts. Nothing on the ground.
  6. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

    I wouldn't do this. I can almost guarantee it isn't going to work out very well. HO track and equipment are not very tolerant of any imperfections in the interface between rail and wheel.


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