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This Novelty Layout Breaks All the Rules of Physics!

I bet you only think of trains on stationary tracks, running right-side up.  Well, there are exceptions to the rules.  These two O-Gauge trains run on track that is revolving in space.  For more details, visit the Novelty Layout tab … Continue reading

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The Magic Portal

Gaelon and Micah Manquen were romping through the house, looking for new hiding places for Hide And Seek. They had already explored behind the couch, the bathroom shower, and under all the beds in the house. Next stop was the … Continue reading

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TPC 300/400 Failures

Although the TPC 300/400 design is quite robust regarding track current surges through the power-control Triac during derailments, the unit’s power supply has an Achilles heel. This photo shows the damage that results from a voltage surge on the power … Continue reading

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Christmas Tree with Upside-Down Train

This MANCO Novelty Layout features a rotating inverted Christmas tree with an O-gauge train running around the “base” of the tree on the ceiling.  Another O-gauge train runs around a loop on the floor.  The venue is the November 2009 … Continue reading

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INSIDE LOOP Novelty Layout

This MANCO Novelty Layout Inside Loop was displayed at the TTOS Cal Stewart Train Show in Pasadena, CA in November of 2010. The 5 1/2 foot diameter loop of track can rotate in either direction, and the Snowman Train can … Continue reading

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Lionel CW-80 Transformer General Description “Original Version”

Also consult the Lionel Owner’s Manual at http://www.lionel.com/media/servicedocuments/71-4198-251.pdf This description covers the “original” version of the CW-80 transformer. This version had several problems that were subsequently modified in the “revised” version covered elsewhere. Some photos used here are from a … Continue reading

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MANCO Novelty Layouts

Are you looking for something to add a bit of zest to your train room? Let your trains and track slip the bonds of gravity to create exciting new possibilities for track layouts and train operation: A train running on … Continue reading

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