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Hello, before I go out and buy all my track, I need some advice. Can you use flextrack for corners instead of using curve pices???
I don't want a lot of rail joint's. I'm trying to prevent problems with derailments.
Is this possable?
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Hello, before I go out and buy all my track, I need some advice. Can you use flextrack for corners instead of using curve pices???
I don't want a lot of rail joint's. I'm trying to prevent problems with derailments.
Is this possable?
Thanks
John
Hi John

Yes you can. You will have to cut the rails to fit, as the inside rail will be longer then the outside rail. I prefer flextrack. It works well. Have you chasen a code of rail?

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I was going to go with 83 but I was told that you can not run older trains. what would your preference?
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I us code 100. The main reson is that is what I got as hand-me-downs. Most of my trains are old and so is most of my track. There is some good info on codes of track on this forum. Just check out some of the treads.

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Thanks. Any other advice plese let me know, I need all the tips I can get. How big is your layout, and how long have you been working with Ho?
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Thanks. Any other advice plese let me know, I need all the tips I can get. How big is your layout, and how long have you been working with Ho?
John
It's 9'7"x6'4", My father made it for my older brother and any other kidds that migth come all later. That's me. I have redone the same flat table at least twice. Do you know what you want to do with your trains? I just like to drive them around, and switch the tracks. Some people run thairs like real trains. moving cars to industores. One thing that I realy wanted to do was have way to trun the trains around. to solve this I made a figure eight in the middle that I can exit back to one of the main lines in eather dirction.

My lay out is not much but I have a lot of fun with it. I try to keep adding to it as the budget allows.

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I use Code 100 Atlas flex track almost exclusively. Cheaper. Some of the older engines didn't like the smaller profile track.

I installed Walther's switches(made by Shinohara). I found that these switches are excellent. Fewer derailments that's for sure. Many of my larger engines and the steamers couldn't transition the frogs of Atlas switches.
 
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