A thread on 18xx on the ilse of wight reminded me of soemthing which has occurred to me frequently while playing with my son's Thomas Trains. How cool would it be to build up a bunch of hexes with Thomas style track for an 18xx game. This seems prohibatively expensive using the store bought track, but I imagine using a router on plywood hexes would not be too bad.
Funny you should mention that. I am in the process of making a wooden, enlarged copy of Age of Steam. I have already made maps (the hexes are about 1 1/2 inches across), and am in the process of cutting track out of 1/4" thick sheets of wood (oak). I then put label stickers of the track on the top of the cut wood. This is about the size so that the small trains of Railroad Tycoon are roughly to scale (i.e. the 'track' is about 1/3 to 1/2 inch wide) (and in fact I use those small plastic trains as track ownership markers). In other words, I don't use hexes with track printed on them: I have cut out 1/3 inch wide track to use as playing pieces.
I haven't finished yet (about 150 track pieces gets boring to cut out). But it looks good.
Bright, brilliant colors are to be seen everywhere, the stones and pigments undimmed by the passage of decades. The floor of the corridor is a colorful mosaic of stone, with a distinct, winding path of red tiles about 2' wide.