Well I finally got the shop set up so broke down and made some really quick tracks for the train.
Made it 4’ long to fit on a shelf.
Cut a 4’ by 3” base for the tracks then clamped it down to the table and used spacers to get the spacing just right and consistent.
T&J wants you to build a complete rail in I shape but as I shrunk the train down I made T shaped rails and cut a grove in the rail road ties to be glued in to.
I glued all the ties down then used the table saw to cut the grove.
I started to put the train tracks down the center then got the idea to set the train to one side so the train will be closer to the wall and the ties will show up more.
The ties and rails are made from Mahogany scraps.
-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.