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At 77 I have started my fifth childhood. I had N gauge and HO gauge trains back in the 70's. Now I am starting back with HO. I bought a Bachmann Pacific Flyer set with EZ track. After finding out that Bachmann does not have a large selection of track and switches, I plan on using Atlas Code 83 trackage where possible. I haven't received the train set so I am at a stand still until I can compare the EZ rail height to Atlas code 83 on HO roadbed to see what I need to do to get the rails at the same height.

I had my old HO 4x8 layout on Plywood with 1/2" thick homasote on top of that. All with a 1x4 framework and bracing with fold up legs. In the garage on a cable/pulley system with a hand cranked boat winch. That is old.

I have been selling RC tugboats, RC fishing boats, RC gear, AFX slotcars and track to finance this again adventure. I used to make 99% of my HO buildings, to scale of course. Not sure if I am steady enough to do that again but I plan to give it a try. That is about it. I will keep you all posted as I go along.

Thanks for having me here.

Ray
 

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It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Forum, Ray

There is a happy bunch orf experienced HO modelers
who will be gkad to help you get starred back into the hobby.

Bachmann EZ is a track on roadbed system. It uses code 100 rails
so there would be a mismatch of code 83 flex rail height. Further,
it is not easily comparitble connecting to flex track. Since you'll get
just an oval, you might be better off selling the EZ track and using only
the flex. It is fully compatible with good quality turnouts and other
track accessories.

The Bachmann EZ DCC systems is easy to set up and easy to
operate. I ran 3, 4 and sometimes more DCC locos at the same
time with my EZ system. It's only lack is the ability to
'fine tune' DCC decoders, but that is seldom used.

You might also want to consider adding a foot to the width
of your 4 X 8 plywood. Today's large 6 wheel truck diesels and
long steamers require a min. 22" curve radius and that barely
fits in 4 ft.

No DCC system provides power for turnout motors, lights and other
accessories. Many use old DC power packs or no longer used
wall warts that put out around 12 volts AC or DC.

Don
 

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It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Forum, Ray

There is a happy bunch orf experienced HO modelers
who will be gkad to help you get starred back into the hobby.

Bachmann EZ is a track on roadbed system. It uses code 100 rails
so there would be a mismatch of code 83 flex rail height. Further,
it is not easily comparitble connecting to flex track. Since you'll get
just an oval, you might be better off selling the EZ track and using only
the flex. It is fully compatible with good quality turnouts and other
track accessories.

The Bachmann EZ DCC systems is easy to set up and easy to
operate. I ran 3, 4 and sometimes more DCC locos at the same
time with my EZ system. It's only lack is the ability to
'fine tune' DCC decoders, but that is seldom used.

You might also want to consider adding a foot to the width
of your 4 X 8 plywood. Today's large 6 wheel truck diesels and
long steamers require a min. 22" curve radius and that barely
fits in 4 ft.

No DCC system provides power for turnout motors, lights and other
accessories. Many use old DC power packs or no longer used
wall warts that put out around 12 volts AC or DC.

Don
Thanks for the reply Don. I thought about ditching the EZ track since I am not familiar with it. It was not around "back then". I can get plenty of code 83 and code 100 track and switches off Ebay. I have a few manual atlas switches left over. They are brass.
 

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Ray

You might also reconsider using the 'brass' Atlas turnouts. Today's Peco and
a few other makes are of much better quality. I had more than 20
Peco Insulfrog turnouts on my DCC layout and never had a turnout
caused derail.

Don
 
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