Train magazines are filled with "high rail" layouts, that fill whole rooms with realistic, accurately scaled landscapes. By contrast, my "low rail" layout fits on a 4x8 foot table top, and is designed to maximize interaction and play, rather than realism. It was assembled over a weekend using Lionel Fastrack on a cheap artificial grass carpet from Lowes. Accessories are all track-powered. TMCC is included for the engines but not for the switches or accessories.
This layout features inner and outer loops, a (one way) reversing loop, plus a bump-n-go trolley line. All switches and accessories use track power and the engines are TMCC controlled. Because no one makes a TMCC trolley, I installed a rheostat in a Lionel bump-n-go trolley so that it moves slowly at full 18v track voltage. If I had to do over again, I would see if TMCC could be installed in a trolley using a board from The Electric RR Company.
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