Monday, June 09, 2008

My Domestic Holy Grail.

This is what I basically do first thing in the morning. I build a train track for The Boy. But it's more than a domestic task. It is a quest: I seek the perfect track.

Today, I found it.

Click on the picture to see it's beauty in all it's glory.
  • Anyone else know what I'm talkin' about?
  • If you do, what makes a perfect track?
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21 comments:

Scott nad Hayley Tubman said...

that is a frick'n good track.

Scott

Justin said...

You know what I'm talking about, don't you, Scott.

Reuben Kincaid said...

Well done. Looks like you have a mix of the Ikea and Thomas brand track.

It's been a goal of mine to get together with a friend (who has some Thomas track) and build a really big one. A good use of a wet weekend!!

Cheers. (BTW, surfed in here from CraigS's blog - Sydney Australia)

Justin said...

Rueden -- Sure. Welcome. Craig is a good brother.

I'm not sure where we got the tracks from. It is mostly hand-me-down. The Boy got some of the tricky tracks for Christmas.

BTW -- Are you old enough to remember the Partridge Family?

Justin said...

Spelling. Reuben.

RodeoClown said...

If you are anything like me, the perfect track consists of every single piece being used, and not in a forced way.

My boys aren't too interested in their train tracks at the moment though...

Anthony Douglas said...

Now all you need is the perfect carpet to put it on... ;-)

But it is a nice track. Are you sure you didn't study engineering?

Keith said...

very nice indeed. For us, the perfect track involves:

1. using as many of the pieces in the box as possible.

2. so engineering the corners so that the motorised train (grandparents Chrissy present) will make all the bends by itself

3. bonus points for elevated track and bridges

but your track here is a sight to behold - inspirational.

wschuller said...

it is good because you can go in both directions on any piece of the track at any time.

i've been trying to get the same things with my kids, but I don't have that t-piece that you have.

Justin said...

wschuller --

You *totally* picked it. You can go in both directions -- that's what makes it perfect. And you can reverse them at any time without taking the train off the track.

Email me your address. My wife and I want to send you the T-piece! :)

seapea said...

is it perfect cuz it was jesus' travel path? or paul's? am i thinking too hard?

jane said...

Impressive track. I'm currently admiring this track (and the ikeahacker site in general):
http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/2008/06/train-in-your-coffee-table.html

Jason said...

As the husband of a train enthusiast, father of four and a civil engineer, and therefore an expert in my own mind, there is no doubt about it.

Justin, You Da Man!

Now all you have to do is stop those short people from wrecking YOUR track...

SamR said...

Nice one. I loved my brio trainset. It's being carefully stored at mum and dad's until Soph and I have use for it in the future...

mandy said...

i love the mat/carpet

rd said...

That's an awesome track!! I completely understand what you mean and i agree with Rodeo that my perfect track consists of every piece being used.

My brother is exceedingly good at building a train tack or two - I reckon he'd give you a run for your money.

Eric said...

I spent most of my early years with similar train tracks.

I don't think I got past the oval revelation...

Moffitt the Prophet said...

Justin, that is one beautiful track.

My compliments to you.

Dré said...

Hi Justin,
That's a truly awesome track!

The perfect track at my brother-in-law's place unfortunately has to fit onto a table with edges - that's smaller than yours.

What makes the perfect track for me is that trains can go forwards forever and not get "trapped" in one loop of track. So if I can be the first to make a suggestion (or is that against the rules): change the track where the yellow train is so it can turn left instead of right. Then trains won't get get stuck in the middle loop.

Oh dear, I've realised that posting this reveals far to much of my personality!

Justin said...

Dre- Lol.

You know that you can read a person's soul by looking at the train tracks he makes? Everyone knows that.

Sam said...

Wow, I am rather late in commenting, but that is one good train track!!! My nephew would love it!!