The Reddibilt Railroad

Scale: 

N

Size: 

11 x 16 inches

Theme: 

Urban

Locale: 

Not established

Era: 

Not established

Track: 

Tomix Fine Track

Minimum radius: 

4 inches

Maximum grade: 

0%

Base: 

Gatorfoam

Status: 

Gone

The Reddibilt Railroad grew out of my explorations into new and different types of track.
When I came across Tomix Fine Track, I ordered a bunch to play with, and my first plans
eventually gave rise to the Trenton Transportation Company (for which I instead utilized
Kato Untrack). I continued working with the Tomix track, eventually arriving at the
Reddibilt, where the core concept was to utilize pre-finished products exclusively.

While it might seem counterintuitive, the point of the layout was to see how good
otherwise dubious-looking pre-built structures could be made to look. Partway into the
project, though, I began to realize it wasn’t worth the effort because it was more work
to re-work pre-builts than to build or bash traditional kits.

I briefly entertained the idea of using them straight—no or absolute minimum modification—
which would make the layout more accessible to other potentially interested modelers. But
pre-builts are expensive, and together they’d result in an astronomically costly layout. Not
to mention some of Woodland Scenics’ products look downright laughable to begin with.

Ultimately I abandoned the project as a stupid idea. I even debated whether or not to
include it in my layout list. I kept it since it was a precursor to Trenton Transportation,
by contrast a good idea. It also indirectly led to the Elizabeth and Port Reading and the
Greene Granite and Monument Company via the leftover track.

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