Jamestown gets a beltway bypass

dr_dodge Sunday, 3/26/2023

Jamestown it the name of the town on my HO layout upstairs in my house.

I have been trying to get work done on the future city build, but because the upstairs is also the guest room, it's been more of put it up, then take it down/put away.

So I switched gears because I wanted to run cars.

I built a flat road coarse on the facia.   It's 15 feet of orange 2 lane, and 15' (so far) of crash track.

about an 8 second run with stock cars

This build was a bit difficult because of the house itself,  because it's a styrofoam geodome.


as you can see, it's a curved wall (red is about where the track is)

I built an aluminum square beam as bridge support, 1"washers on perforated stock countersink the screw heads, and some additional small pieces.  Drilled and tapped most of it.

I want to get a better corner, this one is a chopped up ct intersection, but they do run thru it pretty well.

So I present the Jamestown Beltway Street Raceway

currently eyeballing installing the spiral, and sending the cars back across the floor, but, not today

we did have a minor hazmat situation with the propane tanker

You can see the constant curve I have to work around

my adjustable lift door launcher, and car basket

under the bridge

one day I will be hosting races, but for now I'm happy I can run cars

(I have a short vid, but don't know what to do to upload it)


(by the way, thats a real airplane as yard art, time warp spitfire)



Very cool! I always wanted a geodome home. As you said, though, you have to work to make things fit.

  • that, my friend is an understatement for sure — dr_dodge
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dr_dodge 6/28/23

a final video for now

it explains my main road surface,  used flooring.


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dr_dodge 7/1/23

A new installment
I explain counter sink on the washers
use carpet hold down strips,
taped for 10 - 32 countersunk head stainless screws, no drilling
some #8 self tappers attach the track holders
A Nice finish out to phase one the launch area.
the tracks were just draped over the legs of the fan before,
now all solidly mounted

enjoy the video, ask anything



FYI, the hump sorts slow cars
a slow crappy car should not get to the corner
fast one smokes along

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dr_dodge 9/2/23

I had found that my videos were not clear, and I remembered 3d saying,more light

so today I went to northern tool, and bought 2 sets of tractor lights (12VDC)

1200 RAW is what is said. (x 4)

wow, he wasn't lyin'  huge difference in the look

$80 total for 2 sets



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dr_dodge 9/10/23

Old Jamestown Road
A new perm launch into crash track



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