Originally Posted by foreverautistic
i forgot to ask 1-shuold i use insulfrog or elec frog for dcc i trying to do the yard like i did with bachmAmm turnouts i used LT ,RT gos into yard & LT#4 ,RT#4 IN YARD LT & RT is stirgt and curved # 4s is stright and stight left or right
dose peco have both these like bachmann has ______ & _______
You are right, turnouts can be a somewhat complicated, and sometimes confusing, subject! In my first reply to your original post on page #1 of this thread, I sent you a file called, "All about turnouts." Have you read that file yet? If not, I going to suggest that you read it. I think it will help clear up some of things that are confusing you now. I am a bit confused myself by your description of your yard turnout arraignment. "RT#4 goes into a LT#4?" While I think it's obvious enough that you are talking about Right hand #4 turnouts and Left hand #4 turnouts, I can't picture what that would require a train to do. Does a backing train have to jog first right, and then left, to get into a yard track? If so, I don't recommend that arrangement, but it's your railroad, so that's your decision.
I will try to answer your question about substituting Peco turnouts for your old Bachmann turnouts. However, I would like to learn which type of Bachmann turnouts you have now.
Bachmann makes two different types of turnouts.
One is designed for use with their "EZ-Track" system. This is the Bachmann track, with gray plastic "roadbed" pieces attached to the bottom of each track section, including the turnouts.
The other type of Bachmann turnout is plain track, without the gray plastic roadbed piece.
Which of these types do you have now?
In either case, the Peco turnouts are not going to just slip into the exact same space that was occupied by the Bachmann turnouts.
The Bachmann "plain track" type turnouts (The non-EZ-track type with no plastic roadbed attached.) are made in approximately the same shape as Atlas "Snap Switch" turnouts. They have one straight route, and one curved route. In the case of the Atlas HO-scale "Snap Switch", the turnout can be directly substituted for a 9" straight section of track, or for an 18" radius curved section of track.
This "one-straight-one-curved" arrangement is very peculiar among turnouts. Nearly all model turnouts, regardless of brand, and virtually all real turnouts, have two straight routes that vere off from each other at an angle. There is no curved route.
(There is one exception, a "curved turnout" has two curved routes, and no straight route.)
So, you will need to adjust some of the track feeding into each turnout to make the Peco fit into the same general area that the Bachmann turnout formerly occupied. This is fairly easy to do by taking up a section or two of track, and replacing those sections with short pieces of flex track.
Don't get discouraged. You have made two very good decisions already.
First going with Peco turnouts. They are excellent, and should work very reliably once you have installed them.
Second "going big" by using Peco "medium" turnouts (equivalent to a #6 turnout) These should be able to handle any locomotive you have, or might buy later.
Once you have installed these turnouts, you should have few, if any, derailments on turnouts. I suspect you have had several derailments on the Bachmann ones.
As for the "Insulfrog" vs. "Electrofrog" choice, either should work for you. I happen to prefer the "Electrofrog" type, but that's just me being extra careful. Locomotives with all-wheel electrical pickup can roll right through an "Insulfrog" or an "Electrofrog." Very short locos, or locos that only pick up power from a few wheels, will work better on an Electrofrog, because the frog can be wired to provide power up to the loco's wheels, just like any other piece of rail. However, this can mean doing some extra wiring. Fortunately nearly all locomotives made in the last 10-15 years do have all-wheel pickup.
So, Yes Peco, Yes medium, Yes either insulfrog or electrofrog.