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October 2016: New Track Platform in the process for client

Track Frame photo log of builds

Customer Feedback:

Thank you very much for putting together a “How to Install” manual.  I am sure it took a lot of time to prepare.  I wanted to let you know I received the pallet yesterday. I must say I am very impressed with the entire packaging, very professional and well planned and thoughtful.  The track is super, very high quality finish.  It is totally worth it.  As soon as I have free time, I will put it up and test run my locomotives.

My TRS track is truly portable. It has an aluminum frame, much lighter than Eaglewings and no worries about rust. It is much smaller, a 13′ x 17′ oval which breaks down to fit in the back of my Subaru to take to shows. I find it difficult to level compared to the previous two portable tracks I built. I set it up at different venues, not always flat. If it will mostly stay put I think it will be fine. Again I’ve never seen one suspended.
Both are topped with an aluminum/plastic sandwich material (Dibond and some less expensive variants) and that is absolutely the way to go, again impervious to the weather.
Were I doing it again and the cost was similar I would go with the aluminum TRS system specifically for the aluminum vs steel situation. Tom B (posted MLS)

Present projects: Los Angelos Live Steam Gauge 1 Track, 33×81′ Private track, 30×36′ Private track,20’x30’Private track

TRS- custom made products and parts
TRS offers a light weight track frame for layouts, portable and elevated tracks. The frame is rust proof, maintenance free and strong aluminum structure . An starting point for an individual, organization, club as a portable and/or a permanent track layout.

We offer full service- design, frame, surface, support pieces, paint, etc:

TRS portable track

The TRS portable track in action at the public forum, Cabin Fever

Current track project  in progress for the LALS live steam organization

Completed platform with a start of track layout-

Able to withstand weather extremes from hot summer to the cold winter (over a foot of snow):

TRS portable track covered by 12+ inches of snow, high winds and COLD!

TRS portable track covered by 12+ inches of snow, high winds and COLD!

Full overview of main track without yard sections

Completed track platform for main line yard next

Completed track platform for main line yard next

Start of laying the rails:

Lay out for the rails on the straight away

Lay out for the rails on the straight away

Start of laying track from one curve to another

Start of laying track from one curve to another

The frame now completed with reinforcements to support more than 175 pounds at any point

A completed straight section (30"x48") of track with reinforcement, legs

A completed straight section (30″x48″) of track with reinforcement, legs

A demonstration of support of weight with 175 pounts in the center of the frame:

Complete straight portion supporting 175 pound dead center

Complete straight portion supporting 175 pound dead center

A light weight but strong paint-able surface of dibond that is durable and easy to maintain keeping the weight of the platform (aluminum) a very light weight platform.

A light weight aluminum frame with a strong but thin dibond for a truly portable track

A light weight aluminum frame with a strong but thin dibond for a truly portable track

Straight section glued awaiting surface material-dibond

Straight section glued awaiting surface material-dibond

Straight section clapped to allow glue to setup

Straight section clapped to allow glue to setup

Straight section weighted and clapped

Straight section weighted and clapped

Straight section ready for final trim

Straight section ready for final trim

Straight section corner prepared for paint

Straight section corner prepared for paint

TRS design for a custom portable layout

TRS design for a custom portable layout

Here is a sample of the track frame offered

TRS sample of track frame work

TRS sample of track frame work

Time Frame: 6-8 weeks just for a platform frame only.  Additional time for components added such as: dibond top, legs, guide pins, sectional connections, etc.

Cost(*): Each layout frame is unique to the desires and needs of each track design. A basic starting estimate would be $125-250 per section (base frame unit) with final cost depending on width and length along with any additional components such as a  need for surface, paint, or legs.
(*) Price can change without notice relative to cost of materials, supplies, labor, shipping/handlingand manufacturing process.

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