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Title: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts
Post by: zanthian on February 05, 2007, 04:00:29 PM
I am new to the hobby and I am looking for sites that list EZ-Track layouts.
I have found the following:
http://www.thortrains.net/marx/funlayez2.html
http://www.thortrains.net/marx/funlayez1.html


What other sites are out there? Does Bachmann have a book with layouts?

Thanks for the help  ;D


Title: Re: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts
Post by: Paul M. on February 05, 2007, 10:10:41 PM
I think Bachmann had a book about E-Z track layouts, but, If I can remember correctly, it's out of print. :(


Title: Re: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts
Post by: Hoople on February 05, 2007, 10:21:16 PM
Apparently one is being released.

Then again, The Bach man said that over 6 months ago...


Title: Re: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts
Post by: BIG BEAR on February 06, 2007, 12:27:02 AM

           "Bachmann's EZ track system" book was copyright 1995 has over 20
layouts. The "Book II" has another 6-8 layouts was copyright 1998.
           For web sights, I just recently came across "caboose hobbies"
top bar way on the right try "track layouts". I think I counted 16 EZ track
layouts some have needed dimension ( space needed ) some did not have
that. I also noticed at least a couple are for N Scale EZ track.

           Good-luck 


Title: Re: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts
Post by: the Bach-man on February 06, 2007, 12:29:21 AM
Dear All,
The EZ Track book, long-awaited, will actually be released this spring.
Have fun!
the Bach-man


Title: Re: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts
Post by: BIG BEAR on February 06, 2007, 12:42:20 AM

        YEEEEEEEE - HAAAAAAAAA

     Can't wait, GOTTA have one.


Title: Re: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts
Post by: BIG BEAR on February 07, 2007, 12:13:29 AM

      Dear B-man,
    I hope this is at the publishers, not still in editing


Title: Re: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts
Post by: the Bach-man on February 07, 2007, 12:44:29 AM
Dear Bear,
It should actually be out soon...
Have fun!
the Bach-man


Title: Re: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts
Post by: Derek O on February 07, 2007, 11:16:28 AM
Congrats Bach-man, you're really on a roll with all the announcements, new website, WGH layouts - WOW!

You'll knock our sox off if you arrange to 'FREE the 2" straights' (in conjunction with releasing the book; that'll make the EZ track book a real winner - or why not bundle the book with 2" straights - lol).

By the way, who is authoring the book this time?? Also, do you have an email address so I can send a note to your previous author Robert Schleicher?

Thanks Bach-man
Derek O


Title: Re: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts
Post by: Hoople on February 07, 2007, 11:56:27 AM
Dear Bear,
It should actually be out soon...
Have fun!
the Bach-man

YAY! finally....


Title: Re: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts
Post by: zanthian on February 07, 2007, 03:31:49 PM
Dear All,
The EZ Track book, long-awaited, will actually be released this spring.
Have fun!
the Bach-man

Awesome! Guess i am getting into the hobby at the right time. Seems like Bachmann is having a flurry of activity.


Title: Re: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts
Post by: tigerthelion on February 07, 2007, 07:04:29 PM
I decided one night to create a layout, using EZ track, in the spare room. I ended up with a huge 8x10 layout, with a 60 degree crossover, two 90 degree crossovers, a pier set, a considerably long main, and lots of sidings and spurs. I have six DCC locos assigned to four addresses, one of which is my NHL train which I recently converted over to DCC. Wow! (I have to take some pics to post). I couldn't believe the layout ended up working out really well... and it's a good thing the 90 degree crossovers come with those 2" straights because I used all eight of them in various "odd" locations throughout the layout. I set it up on the hardwood floor, and used the lines in the floor to determine wether or not tracks were perpendicular! I still have the same configuration and like it a lot... how much space do you have to work with?


Title: Re: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts
Post by: BIG BEAR on February 08, 2007, 02:49:32 AM

         I wish I took some pictures and jotted down some track measurements for layouts I did on the basement floor, before I got to work on my bench work for Big Bear RR : featuring Wondeland Express - Passenger Service & Great Northern - Freight Service, in On30.


Title: Re: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts
Post by: zanthian on February 08, 2007, 04:31:27 PM
tigerthelion - I have built a 4ft x 8ft table with a foam top to work with, but I it would be good to link to as many sites that people know about for ez-track layouts. That way if others reference the site there will be a nice thread of links for them to check out.


Title: Re: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts
Post by: Terry Toenges on February 08, 2007, 04:47:42 PM
A good book is "101 Track Plans for Model Railroaders" by Linn Westcott and published by Kalmbach.
Here is a website with some layouts -
http://www.trainplayer.com/Site2/Track%20Plans.html (http://www.trainplayer.com/Site2/Track%20Plans.html)


Title: Re: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts
Post by: Derek O on February 08, 2007, 11:28:12 PM
Zanthian - With respect to books, I mentioned the name Robert Schleicher in an earlier post. He's authored numerous books including previous Bachmann EZ track layout book. His HO Model Railroading Handbook (3rd edition published by Krause publications) gives several layouts and discussion on EZ track geometry. I see there's a copy's on ebay and amazon.com right now.

I started my EZ track layout on 4x8 but changed to 5x9 and stayed with steel EZ track and standard remote turnouts. If you're using the Atlas freeware to design your layout and want some .ral files to look at, just email me offsite.

Once the posts from the original forum are available you'll find several threads on e-z track layouts. There are also a couple of 'master EZ track designers' that are lurking in this forum! (not me - I'm just learning too).
If you post a specific design question or challenge, you're sure to get some great help!

Derek


Title: Re: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts
Post by: BIG BEAR on February 10, 2007, 03:07:32 AM

        Terry,
    Thanks for that site. I've been looking for that again since a lightning
strike took out my last computer, last May.


Title: Re: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts
Post by: duker1 on February 10, 2007, 02:19:39 PM
Zanthian, (or others)
  Contact me offline at duker_1246@yahoo.com and I will send you some EZTrack plans that I have picked up along the way. Have two sets that are in a MSWord document.

The Duke....


Title: Re: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts
Post by: zanthian on September 10, 2007, 03:17:43 PM
I finally have some money for some more track and I wanted to see if anyone had some more EZ-Track Plans or sites for me to reference. Thanks Again!


Title: Re: Sites for EZ-Track Layouts
Post by: zanthian on September 14, 2007, 10:39:41 AM

           For web sights, I just recently came across "caboose hobbies"
top bar way on the right try "track layouts". I think I counted 16 EZ track
layouts some have needed dimension ( space needed ) some did not have
that. I also noticed at least a couple are for N Scale EZ track.

Here is the link to the site Big Bear mentioned: http://www.caboosehobbies.com/catalog/bach_track.php