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Old 03-27-2014, 03:16 PM   #1
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Code 83 vs. Code 100

Any opinions regarding code 83 vs. code 100? I seems that 83 looks more authentic and true to scale, but which is better for your set in regards to long term use, which is easier to work with and which vendor offers the best product? Not too excited about E-Z track. Does the cork beds look normal with the 83? Any additional thoughts are welcomed.
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Old 03-27-2014, 04:59 PM   #2
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Cork and ballasting look good with code 83 and code 100. Code 100 rail it a bit taller than code 83, allowing for older equipment with deep flanges to operate. Also code100 matches the new 144 lb rail used on modern mainlines.
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:32 PM   #3
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Code 100 is 17 thousands taller than code 83, can you see the difference in 17 thousands from a few feet away? I can't.
There is also a difference in tie spacing and color between code 100 and code 83. If one of your friends is a rivet counter and mentions that your track isn't accurate to your era my advice is to find a new friend.
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:27 PM   #4
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Code 83 is more true to scale. Other than that there is no difference in longevity or performance. Both have been around for a long time so availability is about the same for each. Whether you chose 100 or 83 is entirely up to you. Most popular brand is the PECO.
It seems to be a little better quality than the others.
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Old 03-28-2014, 01:15 PM   #5
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matches the new 144 lb rail used on modern mainlines.
What does this mean? 144lbs per foot of rail?
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Old 03-28-2014, 01:49 PM   #6
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it means just what it says.

one foot of rail weights 144 lbs.
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Old 03-28-2014, 02:15 PM   #7
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Per foot? Thought it was per yard?
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Old 03-28-2014, 04:15 PM   #8
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POUNDS PER YARD.
144 pound rail weighs 144 pounds per Yard. (3 feet)
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:44 PM   #9
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Arrow code 100 VS code 83

code 100 is taller than code 83. Code 83 is more prototypical size wise. It's up too you. It's a horse a piece. IMHO. Good luck with your. Choice
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:46 PM   #10
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This site is a gold mine. Thanks for the input folks, I really appreciate it. I feel that hundreds of hours will be saved by just reading the various threads.
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