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.