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Track Inventories and Storage Systems


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Kanpai Keith

Just wondering, do people have inventories for the track they possess and can they be imported into track planning software?

 

 

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roadstar_na6

I made one once, Excel crashed and I couldn't be bothered to do it again since then 😄

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disturbman

I never bothered, but I don’t have enough track for it to be an issue. I also have a relatively clear storing system which can make counting quite fast.

 

I have been wondering, how do people store their tracks? Loose in large boxes or do they have systems? I recently bettered mine by making new boxes and inserts.

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bill937ca

I store various types of track in different clear boxes.  Tram track in one box, stock rail in another box. I also use freezer bags for special pieces or small connecting pieces.

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Kanpai Keith

I suppose the follow up question should be, how do you store your track?

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roadstar_na6

Track sets in their packagings, loose tracks tossed in a cardboard box.

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bill937ca

I sometimes put a rubber band around similar lengths of track or curve radius. It means less sorting, less digging for a particular piece. Nothing special other than that.

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Depends on the planning software, most just spit out a required list of the drawing you have made.

 

we did have a big club excel sheet of all our track, but that’s sort of fallen away. One thing we do do is write the track radius in large black letters on the bottom of each piece of track, makes grabbing them fast easier if in a pile.

 

ours is usually sorted ziplock bags with size written big on both sides. 
 

jeff

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chadbag

Mine is stored in a box now, all jumbled together.  I eventually plan on changing that...  Good question.  I like the ideas given.

 

IKEA often has cheap clear plastic boxes of different sizes.  Something I need to look into

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bill937ca

I have some stuff on Excel, but no true continuing inventory of track. I buy new pieces as needed. My track storage is fairly organized.

 

But as I use Tomix track I do have a spread sheet listing the types of track stock rail. PC tracks, overhead, double overhead, slab rail and wide PC track by the radius or length offered.  It's something that is not always obvious by browsing dealer listings.

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Years ago we had a similar Kato master list of all the track pieces with the part numbers, description, number in pack. Someone in the club converted it out of some old Kato file or maybe sucked it out of the xtrakcad Kato data file.

 

jeff

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Starting it is easy keeping it going and updated is the hardest.

 

One of the pluses for Kata unitrack is its packaging. It is reuseable. I keep them and refill them as odd ends pile up.

I started putting up peg boards to hang them like a hobby shop. Its easier to manage and counting back into

the PC is easy.

 

 

Inobu

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disturbman
6 hours ago, roadstar_na6 said:

Track sets in their packagings


Really? Original packaging of sets are usually a lot of wasted space. I throw out all of mine, the only one I still have is some elevated track set as the pillars and railings make it more annoying to store without the original packaging. But it's in the ceiling storage space and I never use it.
 

3 hours ago, bill937ca said:

I sometimes put a rubber band around similar lengths of track or curve radius.


I used to but the rubber bands never lasted so long. I came to prefer using smaller boxes where I can differentiate the tracks.

But, in the end, I have found that making inserts for boxes is relatively easy. You just need some glue, some good cardboard/paperboard and a hobby knife. For people that can build layouts, it's a really easy thing to do. I'll try to post a few pictures of what I done to better my track storage.

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disturbman
On 7/22/2021 at 11:10 PM, disturbman said:

But, in the end, I have found that making inserts for boxes is relatively easy. You just need some glue, some good cardboard/paperboard and a hobby knife. For people that can build layouts, it's a really easy thing to do. I'll try to post a few pictures of what I done to better my track storage.


I used to store my normal straight tracks inside a cardboard box. I know have made two simple inserts that can stacked on top of each other. I should have made the sides of the bottom inserts high enough to keep the top insert in place but didn’t thought of it at the time. The bottom one is glued to the bottom of the box.

 

Bottom insert:

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Top insert:

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The tape was used to maintain the corners while the glue dried. Since I like how it looks and was not planning in wrapping the sides in cover paper, I kept the tape.

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I keep one AnyRail file with all of my ~230 pieces of tracks. When I get some idea for a temporary layout, I just open the file, Save As, and reorganize the tracks. This way I don't need to remember how many pieces of particular tracks I do have.

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