Looks like someone took that April (forget the year) Model Railroader
article to heart.
My son sent me this link. I think I've figured out how it's done.
I thought about the practicality of building a door layout once. One
that would still be hung on its hinges when run. Getting the cars to
work would be easy, just install a steel plate under the rails and put
magnets in them. The locomotive would be much more difficult because of
the motor. I guess you could shield the magnetic fields in the motor and
use other magnets in place of the weights.
It would be fun to see, especially if done properly and the trains could
be taken off the door and put on an N scale layout and still run!
If you're quiet, your teeth never touch your ankles.
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On Sat, 07 Jun 2008 08:48:13 -0400, I said, "Pick a card, any card"
The train is glued to the track and the track is a felt covered
turntable. A bit more sophisticated than a typical turntable in that
only the track goes round and round while the middle stays
stationary. The track being shiny, it appears not to be moving.
Now, before you debunkers out there have a go at that one, I've been
contracted to design and build many, many things that appear
impossible. My day job? I'm a professional magician and writer.
On Sat, 07 Jun 2008 14:18:53 -0700, I said, "Pick a card, any card"
And along comes the wizard of mean, hot on my tail as usual. What's
the matter, David? Did I step on your rebuttal of my answer? Go
ahead and use it anyway. Clear up any confusion about your motives.
Don't think so; if you zoom in, you can see apparent gaps between ties
or between the track and the felt covering, and they don't move.
If you look at the site where this was originally posted
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/laamish/2553283176 ), the builder alludes
to revealing his secret at some future time.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute
conversation with the average voter.
I don't think its magnets. There's a pretty good space - maybe 1/4" -
between the likely magnet positions which significantly reduces their
attracting force. Also, a close look shows the trucks have been replaced
with something shorter and closer to the ends, which makes me think the cars
aren't rolling on the rails. My guess is that's it's like an upside down
version of the old Marx "Honeymoon Express" toy with a slot between the
Not sure. From what I can see, what I *don't* see are ties in the middle of
the tracks. Wonder if there are wires, or even wheels, *above* the tracks.
Of course, wires as hooks, holding it onto the tracks, would explain jerky.
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