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I am in he process of setting up an HO layout in my basement. It is a l that is 8x8x4x4x4x4. One of the 4x8 sections is going to be a typical table with foam on top for sound deadening and landscaping. The other 4x4 portion of the L if going to be a planter for my wife's herb garden with a town and track running through it. I have a ton of HO Brass and Steel snap track. Also I have some steel EX track. What I need to know is what is the advantacge of each type listed below? I do not want to lay all of the track only to find that it was a disaster.

Snap Track Brass
Snap Track Steel
Snap Track Nickle
EZ Track Steel
EZ Track Nickle
Any other suggestions?

I had thought the EZ track in the planter and snap track everwhere else so that the road bed is not damaged by soil.
 

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One thing to be sure about is that you use the same track height called code. Sounds like most of what you have is code 100 but there is also a code 83 which is not a tall as code 100 and thereby looks closer to scale for HO. But code 100 is fine I have made several layouts using them. But mixing may cause a problem. Mixing may look somewhat funky unless you seperate them and run each together with similar track. You will want to be sure to get a track cleaner/eraser whatever you use unless it is new and unused. Old track does not conduct as well unless it is real clean.
 

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Thanks for all of the answers. I have decided to go with nickle code 100 flex track for most of the layout. In the area with the herb garden I am going to use the EZ track. For all other sections I will fill in with some of the existing snap track I have. I when to the local hobby shop and found out just how nice the cork roadbed really is compared to the EZ track's roadbed. Also the sound dampening was great. I really like the ability to make any shape a radius turn my train can handel with the flex track system.
 
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