New Garden Railroad Point-to-Point Track

A few posts ago I wrote that I had ordered a batch of Aristocraft track for this year’s garden railway expansion.  It arrived and I mounted it on the treated lumber "shelf" that I installed a few weeks ago along the back fence.   We now have a 90′ shelf of straight G-scale track along the back fence.  This will be our second "line" and will not connect to the original loop of track.

I have been trying to get an old analog LGB point-to-point accessory unit to work on this track so that it can operate like a point-to-point trolley line until I get the time to install the "turn-around" loops on either end of the straight track to form a dog-bone style layout, but no luck so far.   I love LGB, but their instruction manuals are truly awful and always have been.   They have a US subsidiary, so I don’t understand why they have so much trouble making useful manuals.  In any case, I think that I have installed the point-to-point until correctly, so maybe it is defective.

The old LGB unit just sends the engine to one end of the track until it hits the bumper and then it spins until I turn it off…or it launches itself into space if the bumper is loose! I need to troubleshoot this when I get some time.

I really like the Aristocraft track.  It is cheaper than LGB-brand track and it seems just as good.  It also fits together perfectly with LGB track without adaptors…so it is easy to mix brands  Aristocraft track will be our new "standard" track except for the turnouts that will remain LGB.  The LGB turnouts still seems to be better quality and worth the money.

About mattsanf

Matt Sanfilippo is the Chief Partnership Officer (CPO) for the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Co-Director of its Engineering Research Accelerator. In this role, Matt coordinates and enables strategic and sponsored research opportunities across the college, and stewards the development of proposals for major research opportunities along strategic themes. Additionally, he enables collaboration among the college's research institute/center executive directors, and industrial and government relations personnel in the pursuit of opportunities with industry, federal and state governments. Before becoming CPO for the College, Matt was the Senior Executive Director for Research Initiatives, the Executive Director of CMU's SII (Smart Infrastructure Institute) and ICES (Institute for Complex Engineered Systems), and Associate Director of PITA (Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance) and RAMP (Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania). Before CMU, Matt was Managing Director of Applied Technology for Michael Baker Corporation, an engineering and energy services firm. Matt managed Baker's technology division including Geographic Information System (GIS), software and web development, multimedia, virtual reality, visualization, Global Positioning System (GPS), mapping and surveying services. Before joining Baker, Matt was an Innovation Director for Redleaf Group, a Venture Capital/Operating Company focused on information security, supply chain and mobility solutions. While at Redleaf, Matt managed technical due diligence for seed-stage investments and coordinated relationships between Redleaf and their partner companies. Prior to Redleaf, Matt was CIO of GZA GeoEnvironmental Technologies, an infrastructure engineering firm, and operations manager for their Internet start-up that focused on web-technologies for health and safety and manufacturing metrics. Matt is on the board of Larson Design Group (LDG), past Chairman of the Board for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, current board member of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), current Vice President of the Sewickley Heights Gun Club (SHGC) and former member of the Information Sciences and Technology Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania State University Beaver. Matt is also former Vice President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Internet Professionals and former Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Baker Combined Charity of Pennsylvania.

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