Best HO track

 
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Hi,

Just a question, but what type of track should I use for a VR branchline layout station. I was thinking of code 83, but I am unaware of the correct size. The track is code 60, but I am unaware of the size that comes down to in HO scale. I have used Peco code 75, for a test, only 1 section of flextrack, but it seems to go well with my Hornby rolling stock.
"PICHhobbies"


Code 83 equates to 132lb rail, Code 70 is 100lb and Code 55 is 75lb rail. Your Victorian Branchline probably used rails between 60lb and 82lb. Modelling a branchline you should be thinking Code 55, but Code 70 or Code 75 would be easier. Code 83 is way too big for a branchline if you want it to look like a branchline.

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  PICHhobbies Locomotive Fireman

Code 83 equates to 132lb rail, Code 70 is 100lb and Code 55 is 75lb rail. Your Victorian Branchline probably used rails between 60lb and 82lb. Modelling a branchline you should be thinking Code 55, but Code 70 or Code 75 would be easier. Code 83 is way too big for a branchline if you want it to look like a branchline.
Sulla1

Thanks,

I am now thinking code 55 but I am unaware of which companies make this, as Peco is pretty much the only track company I have used outside of Hornby. I have heard that Micro Engineering makes it, but am unaware of which brand makes the best quality.

Peter
  PICHhobbies Locomotive Fireman

Code 83 equates to 132lb rail, Code 70 is 100lb and Code 55 is 75lb rail. Your Victorian Branchline probably used rails between 60lb and 82lb. Modelling a branchline you should be thinking Code 55, but Code 70 or Code 75 would be easier. Code 83 is way too big for a branchline if you want it to look like a branchline.
Sulla1

Thanks,

I am now thinking code 55 but I am unaware of which companies make this, as Peco is pretty much the only track company I have used outside of Hornby. I have heard that Micro Engineering makes it, but am unaware of which brand makes the best quality.

Peter
  ARodH Chief Train Controller

Location: East Oakleigh, Vic
Micro Engineering (http://www.microengineering.com/products_ft.htm) apparently use to make it, but they never offered point/switches in that size rail, Brunel's website implies they still have lengths of ME's code 55 flextrack.

I think http://www.proto87.com/ is going to be your best bet for code 55 track -that I've found (is the local website operating?)- just with one caveat: you're going be hand laying a fair bit of it, as they don't offer much RTR track.
  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
Also, you need to bear in mind that with Code 55 track (and possibly even Code 70) you may run into some issues with flange depth, depending on what your wheels are like. If you have some course wheels on your locos/rolling stock, you may find that will bounce on the top of the dog spikes. Best to just do a pre-check before committing to a particular Code.....or be prepared to replace the course profile wheels.

Roachie
  SAR523 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Chicago, IL
I'd recommend some extensive testing and considering what your goals with the layout are.

Track below code 83 can get a little delicate. And if your track has issues you won't enjoy the layout.

So if you're not planning on taking a lot of photos and aren't planning a finescale layout, you might be surprised at how good code 83 or even code 100 look once painted.

It's oversized but there are plenty of other things the eye is drawn to, so it's often not noticeable.

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