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  1. Track Joints - Blend by sanding or leave alone?

    Beginner Q & A
    I just replaced my HO Atlas Code 83 track with new Kato Unitrack. I did not use cork roadbed, and laid it down on very smooth, flat 3/4" birch plywood. The joints snap together nicely, but I find that one rail will be perfectly mated up and the other rail will create a vertical 'step' with the...
  2. HO HO track price range

    For Sale or Trade (member-to-member)
    Hello! I'm considering selling pieces of HO track, and am wondering how HO track is usually priced? Are separate prices assigned for curved pieces as opposed to straight, for example? Would it be unreasonable to sell track by how much the box full of track pieces weighs? Is there a range for...
  3. DCC Locomotive Test Track

    General Model Train Discussion
    Hi, new forum member with a real rookie question. I'm in an apartment and don't really have room for a HO layout, but I'm collecting HO loco's and cars. I wanted to make a small 4' track to simply test a locomotive when purchased to make sure the sound, lighting and motor works. I'm thinking...
  4. New to the hobby, came across weird rail

    Beginner Q & A
    I'm pretty new to the hobby and recently got a bunch of rail as a gift. One of the pieces is... weird; it's got a little gap, but only in one rail, and the underside has these conductive pieces... I've attached some pictures to show. What's this thing do, and what's it called?
  5. Isolated track and signals for dummy?

    O Scale
    Hello Gang. I have an old O gauge (not o27) track and lionel transformers. Instead of those weight trigger contacts to trigger a crossing gate or flashing signal crossing, I want to use isolated track. One of the old timers at a train show explained to me that if I use isolated track, and...
  6. Peco turnout missing some power

    HO Scale
    Hi everyone, I installed this Peco #5 electrofrog turnout driven by a Tortoise machine. The problem is power is not getting to every rail -- i'm hoping attached photo will explain. The stock rails are hard-wired to + and - and the frog gets its power from Tortoise's DPDT contacts, to flip...
  7. O27

    O Scale
    What is the difference between O and O27. I have a prewar locomotive that has O27 on the bottom name plate
  8. I'm a beginner looking for help with DCC & Wiring

    DCC Forum (Digital Command Control)
    I'm very new to model trains. Purchased my first set (Bachmann Red Rock Express) at my hobby shop 3 days ago. It's HO scale. I'm looking to expand and need help. With the set, it comes with EZ Track. I love how easy it is to put together but I absolutely hate the look. I don't like the large...
  9. What kind of bulbs for K line Switch

    O Scale
    I have a K-line switch for my O Gauge track but it is missing a few bulbs. I saw on a train store online they were selling K line bulbs for about $5 each. Seems pricey to me. Does anybody here know what kind of bulbs fit the sockets in the attached photo? I know they need to be red and...
  10. How close can track be?

    S Scale
    How close can 2 runs of American flyer straight track be and still allow for various operating cars to pass unrestricted? Measured adjacent track-to-track or edge-of-tie to edge-of-tie. Please specify. Note: I also have what appears to be a Streamliner style passenger car (c. 1950-1962).
  11. How to Lay Out Easements and Superelevated Curves

    N Scale
    Here is a simple explanation of how easements and superelevation work and how to employ them on your layout to help your trains run and look great.
  12. Final tips for laying flex track

    HO Scale
    After about a year I am ready to start laying track on my 6' by 9' layout. I have atlas flex track (code 100), some atlas #6 switches ,and cork roadbed. I plan to have a 31" outer track and 28" inner track connected with the previously mentioned turnouts. I have marked the 31" outer radius and...
  13. How far apart should I put my tracks?

    HO Scale
    I soon plan to build a dual main line railroad. My original plan was to make the outer radius 30 and the inner radius 28 inches. If my horrible math skills are correct the center of the two tracks will be 2 inches apart, but is this to close, I can make the outside slightly larger but it...
  14. Does Kato track come with risers

    General Model Train Discussion
    Hello evreybody I am back with another question. So I am looking at kato N scale layout plans I could use on my 4X8 layout due to the fact SCARM the layout making software I am trying to use is very difficult when it comes to measurements and trying to figure out how big my curve is. I searched...
  15. inclined piers

    N Scale
    New to N scale. Using Atlas N-7 layout. I've purchased 2 sets of Kato piers and 2 sets of the intermediate piers. Using Woodland Scenics foam track bed. Not sure how to attach bed to piers. Not using Fast track. Have not seen any photos of these piers in use. Can they be used just to...
  16. Early layout planning - advice on track

    O Scale
    I am starting to design a new room perimeter model railroad that will have two levels separated by approximately 2 feet. The lower level will be two feet deep and the upper level will be 3 feet deep. There will be a ramp connecting that runs along three walls with a length of 45 feet. About a...
  17. Matching controllers with switches

    S Scale
    I have accumulated quite a collection of switch tracks and controllers. I think I read somewhere that some of the older controllers that are not what I would call "momentary" in their powering of the switch track, and that they shouldn't be used with the switches that were designed to be used...
  18. Problems, problems, problems...

    General Model Train Discussion
    I am going to tell the full story here. I finished applying ballast about three weeks ago, and every weekend after that was dedicated to cleaning the track. It worked, for a while at least. Here is the weird part, IT SOMETIMES WORK, SOMETIMES NOT SO MUCH! Only this morning, my trains ran smooth...
  19. fastrak & tubular

    O Scale
    i have seen adapter tracks that go from fastrack to tubular. so is it possible to run trains on a layout that uses these types of tracks.:o
  20. Does anyone make custom track?

    O Scale
    I'm thinking about a layout, but I don't think the switches that I want exist. Does anyone make custom track? Picture two circles that touch in the middle like a figure 8. Where they overlap it basically brings together four curved pieces. The switching part of the track would go from one curve...