O Gauge Track

TinMan’s Favorite Gen II

Being in the business of selling reconditioned track, we see a lot of used track in different conditions. Some are missing parts and bent, Some are rusted so bad, they are pitted, can’t be salvaged. Some are hard to tell apart from new. The most difficult track to recondition is the badly stained tracks.
So how does it get that way in the first place? The same reason real train tracks are shinny on the top and black on the sides. The grease, oils, and other lubricants that we use on our trains to keep them running at their best dribble down the sides of the rails. Unless we want to spend our valuable train time, cleaning it off, the sides of the tracks are going to stain. These stains do not affect the electrical characteristics of the tracks in any way. On the real train tracks all that gunk that leaks down on the tracks, from wheels, bearings and gears actually ends up protecting the track from rust! Then add some dust and grit, and you have shinny tops and stained dark sides.
Enter TinMan’s favorite. This track is designed to be used! We think they are better than new at less than 1/2 the price. This is track that we paint. The tracks are painted with Rustoleum flat black enamel. The paint is then removed from the tops, resize the tubes for proper pin fit, if necessary.
At this point the pins are removed, and replaced with our new stainless steel pins, (because we have found the original steel pins will often rust or corrode inside the tubes of the track). The tops of the tracks are then given a final cleaning and polishing, using out newly discovered method, and they are ready for you. The pictures do not do the track justice. The tops and sides of the rails are bright and polished, and look brand new. They are tested for proper electrical continuity and tight fitting pins.
This is a track that will be as rust resistive that you can find, will require a minimum of attention while in use, and stores very well. We like to say this is track that your great great grandchildren can remove from storage give it a quick wipe, and put it down on a layout and run trains!

Last year we discovered finally after years in the business, the proper way of cleaning and polishing tracks. Unfortunately, the new system requires some very expensive equipment, making it not practical for the average guy. It is such an improvement that we renamed this series of track “GenII”;
All the tracks we sell, for each order of 10  pieces we will install a very special power tap on the tracks for you. Heres how it works, First we grind off a small portion of the finish

Next we tin the place where we ground off the finish

Then we solder the wires on the track, and add a sealer/strain relief using black hot glue so you end up with what is shown which happens to be an O27 track

Straight pieces

Standard 10” Straight Track

You’ll need 22,625,856 of these pieces to run your railroad from Chicago, Illinois, to Anchorage, Alaska. Better give us a few extra days for that order!

These tracks are sold in lots of ten each.
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Half Length 5.5” Straight Track

Good news! You’ll only need 2,545,920 of these to run from North Platte, Nebraska, to Cheyenne, Wyoming.

These tracks are sold in groups of 4
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The following are also available, but not shown in pictures all are sold in lots of 4 pieces:

40” straight tracks
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36” straights,

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18” straights,.
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Curved  pieces

What the numbers mean for example O31. O31 means that if you put enough pieces together to make a circle, the diameter of the circle will be 31 inches. The number of pieces to make a circle varies by the size. All curves are sold in groups which make a circle

O31 ½ Curved  4 pieces
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  O31 Curved  8 pieces
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O42 12 pieces
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O54  16 pieces
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O72 16 pieces

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Bright and shiny Track for O Gauge

We understand that while we feel the TinMan tracks are the best you can buy, there are still a lot of people who prefer the normal tinplate tracks. When purchasing the volume of tracks we do, we often get some really nice looking tracks that vary from looking like new, are new, or just slightly stained tracks. As always. These tracks will also come with our stainless steel pins, are re-polished, and for each 10 pieces purchased, will have a power tap wires soldered on. Our Inventory of these tracks changes daily, so if you would like to order some,  please email us tinman@tinman3rail.com or give us a call at 262-914-0057

Straight tracks selections

10” straight tracks sold in groups of 10 pcs

5” lengths of straight tracks

18” straight tracks sold in groups of 6 pcs

36” straight tracks sold in groups of 4

Curved tracks selections:

Note, all curved tracks are sold in group sizes that make a circle (or 4 corners) when put together, if you need quantities other than specified, let us know and we will accommodate

O curved tracks sold in groups of 8

 O Gauge ½ lengths of O curves

O34 curved tracks sold in groups of 8

O42 curved tracks sold in groups of 12

O54 curved tracks sold in groups of 12

O72 curved tracks sold in groups of 16

Korean war era tracks

These tracks were manufactured by Lionel from 1949 thru about 1953 in their NY factory. What makes them different is instead of being tin plated, they were hot dip galvanized. This is a common procedure for making chain link fences. Like chain link fences they are a dull grey color, and with the thick coating, are also heavier than normal tinplate. This track is really good track, and like all well galvanized products is quite immune to rust.  Like all tracks we sell, these tracks will have our stainless steel pins installed. So what’s the big deal? Will not rust, and can be used outdoors, and is a great choice for club sites, because it will last much longer than normal tinplate. This track requires very little on our part other than we polish the tops of the tracks. Thus the reason for a bargain price! Note, all the switches made in that time period also had the galvanized rails.

These tracks are only available in 10” straights, or O31 Curves:

       

10” straight tracks sold in groups of 10

O31 curved tracks sold in groups of 8

Special track

Insulated track’s

Insulated tracks are those where one of the outside rails that are normally shorted to ground, are insulated with a wire soldered on the bottom, and insulated pins are also added. These tracks are very popular for operating accessories, for example crossing gates and x’s as well as making your own no d rail features for switches. While straights are shown, because we hand make these, we can provide any kind size or curve radius tracks you would like, just email or call in your requests. All insulated tracks are sold in groups of 4.

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Power tap tracks

These tracks are normal tracks with a soldered and sealed wires on the bottom, eliminated the needs for lock ons. Pictured are straight tracks but if so desired we can make in virtually any track we sell just let us know your preference, and the connections will be sealed. Sold in groups of 4 tracks


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 Uncoupler & unloader tracks:

These tracks have both the uncoupler, and unload feature, and include our new controller, which is described in detail in the controller section of this site. The set includes 2 tracks and 1 new controller for both tracks. This new controller is a way better than the old style, in that it will not short out, and for the operate function, will operate continuously until you turn it off.,  If you prefer the original Lionel controllers, let us know we can provide instead of the upgraded control for no additional cost. These sets are available in two versions. The first uses our normal 8ft cable.  The second  version offers 25ft cable with much heavier wire, which is necessary to accommodate the additional length

Uncoupler/unloader Track Sets 

O Gauge Uncoupler/ Unloader track set (8ft cable) 

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O Gauge Uncoupler/ Unloader track set (25ft heavy duty cable) 

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Unloader tracks

These tracks are designed for unloading purpose only and come with 2 toggle switches (push once for on again for off) they are illuminated so you can see they are on. These are really nice for some of the larger toys, like the lumber yards etc.

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 Crosses and X tracks:

These tracks will be modified for you at no extra charge, to enable you to operate 2 different trains simultaneously if you wish.  Why did they not come that way? Have no idea, no reason not to build that way.

X tracks, sold each

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Cross tracks, (no angle)


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