Steve Jackson

About Me or What I Like Most About T-TRAK

I live in the suburbs of Washington DC. I got into T-TRAK in about 2003 and enjoy the ease of setup as well as the many layout design possibilities afforded by the relatively small size of the pieces.

I built my first modules in 2003-2004 and they included two 90 degree corners, one 180 degree corner, and two singles.

The Story of the T-TRAK Junction module

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After I had shown these modules at a couple of shows, I decided that I wanted a T-TRAK junction module for the Capitol Limited convention in 2004. I built the first two T-TRAK Junction modules based on the design of the NTRAK junction modules that were in use by our club at the time. I prepared a document to describe the process I used to come up with the junction design.

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The junction module was also modified to work with the T1-TRAK idea as well.

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Modifying the Kato Double Crossover

I created a page outlining how I modify the Kato Double Crossover so that they do not require external jumpers or connectors to ensure electrical connectivity.

Large Radius Corners

I have a couple of large radius corners and created a page to document how I built them.

My Modules

Module Type
Jurassic Corner Corner
Whistle Stop Corner Corner
Wandering Creek 180 Degree Corner
Glenn's Inside Corner #1 Inside Corner
Glenn's Inside Corner #2 Inside Corner
Peaceful Crossing Single
Power Creek Single
40-Love T1-TRAK Single
Times Change T1-TRAK Single
Emma's Horse Farm T1-TRAK Junction
Reed Brothers Hardware T1-TRAK Junction
Lumber Yard Double
Fuel Depot Double
Old Crossing Junction
Gentle Meadow Junction
Texas Flood Junction
JD Industries Junction
Skinny Yard Yard
Pumpin' Oil Large Radius Corner
Over Under Large Radius Corner
Sklias Ethanol Yard
Camping Corner Corner

My Trains

I am a fan of the Missouri Pacific, so most of my engines represent that road. Additionally, I am a proponent of DCC, so my engines have been converted to DCC.

Atlas GP38s - The middle unit was custom painted to represent one of two engines which were painted with the screaming eagle (representing a turbocharged unit) even thought it was not turbocharged.

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I am a cheapskate, so I figured out how to cut up the factory light board in the Atlas locos and install Digitrax DZ123s under the rear of the light board. Here is one of the GP38s with the shell off.

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An A-B-B-A set of Intermountain FTs.

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Three Kato SD70ACEs. I bought these when they came out because of the beautiful paint schemes on the MoPac and Katy locos.

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Atlas SD50 and LifeLike GP38-2. Through the use of setting in the decoders, I was able to get these two locos to speed match and can run them as a set. FWIW, installing a decoder in the GP38-2 was not very much fun.

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Two older Atlas GP35s with TCS split decoders in them.

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This LifeLike BL2 has an older shell, but the newer chassis which has been replaced by a Southern Digital frame.

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A LifeLike FA-1 A/B Set.

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A LifeLike E8

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A pair of Atlas GP-7TT. I installed decoders in these before TCS came out with their split decoders, so these two units have Southern Digital replacement frames.

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A Bachmann Consolidation

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A Bachmann Mountain

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A Kato Mikato. This one is another one which is not a lot of fun to put a decoder into.

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A Kato GG1

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A Kato P40 with an MRC sound decoder installed.

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I have several of the awesome MoPac cabooses from Bluford Shops

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Czech Trains (CSD and CD)


This is a Diesel-Hydraulic engine BR 716 with reporting marks CSD 716 505-3 (Epoch IV). The model is Fleischmann 722087, was produced in 2012, and is DCC equipped.

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This is a static display of a diesel-electric T679.2 with CSD reporting marks. The static model was created by DelPrado. Currently, an electric mechanism is being created from a LifeLike SD7.

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This is a Budvar Beer box van with reporting mark CSD 510243. The model is Roco 25935 and was released in 2004.

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This is a Budvar Beer box van. The model is Arnold 4416 and was released in 1984.

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This is a Pilsner Urquell Beer box van. The model is Arnold 4415 and was released in 1984.

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This is a Budweiser Budvar Beer box van. The model is Minitrix 13953 and was released in 1994/95.

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This is a Pilsner Urquell Beer box van. The model is Fleischmann 8357 and was released in 1991-98.

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This is a set of three CSD coal cars (Epoch II). The models are Fleischmann 821207 and was released in 2011.

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This is a high capacity goods wagon with CSD reporting mark (Epoch II). The model is Fleischmann 839602 and was released in 2012.

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This is a pair of commuting passenger cars with CD reporting marks (Epoch V). The model is Kuehn-Modell 91155 and was released in 2012.

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This is a Cement Wagon (Zementsilowagen) with CSD reporting marks (Epoch IV). The model is Piko 5454600/473/0020.

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I have several of these passenger cars with CSD reporting marks. The models are from Piko.

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