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Which is the preferred type of track to use, hollow rail tubular or solid rail and why? Does the type of referred rail depend on the curves used or other factors? As far as electrical conductivity and for the transmission of tmcc or dcs signals does one perform better than the other?
 

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The answer is, it depends. All track systems conduct electricity and command signals fine. You or your trains won't notice any difference there, hollow or solid. It's all in how you wire it.

If you are going to do a carpet central, Fastrack holds up great and the turnouts are the most trouble free. If doing a permanent bench layout, Atlas or Gargraves track looks very realistic, but all their turnouts have little quirks.
 

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I use mostly Gargraves track and switches with some Ross track and switches. Many disdain Gargraves switches. They aren’t as good as Ross, but I have found they work well as long as the rolling stock has the proper weight and gauge. With Ross/Gargraves (they are interchangeable), you get a wide selection of curves and switches. Gargraves flex track can be any radius. The wooden ties tend to reduce noise.

Can’t speck from experience, but I’ve heard the Atlas with its solid rail is very quiet.

As Volpin said, Fastrack is good for a carpet central. Just take a look at a few of his videos. I have seen threads here that talk about problems with continuity at the connectors.

There are polls here that show most use folks tubular track. I still use a bit of O27 track and it works. I think the downside for tubular is its not very realistic, limited switch selection and noisier than wood ties or solid rail.
 

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You will get many different answers and use scenarios. For my layout I use Gargraves track and Ross or Gargraves switches. Never have had any issues with this combination.

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Like previously said it depends on what you are familiar with and what you enjoy working with. The main table on my layout (9' by 13.5') uses Ross turnouts and Gargraves track. The trolley park line part of the layout (30" by 72") uses tubular. They both work fine. I do like the results of wiring the Ross turnouts so they don't derail. Not sure I could get under the table and wire it up again like that but I did it once! :)

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some have reported it makes no difference and it probably does not if you have a home layout and run a few hours a day.

but if you want to run 6 plus hours a day six days a week you will want a solid rail track.
 

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There is no perfect track. Gargraves is probably the most economical if you use flex track. Ross makes good switches that match up well with Gargraves. Note Gargraves makes a stainless track that uses no plating as well as tin plated steel. Use tinplate if you have magnetraction engines.
Atlas is most prototypical with solid T rail and smaller ties. Their switches are reported to be problematic though. There are fixes but out of the box they have issues. MTH track appears to be OK but I have no experience with it.
Gargraves is my local hobby shop and I know the guys. I use their track.

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Are you nailing or gluing yours down for a permanent layout, or putting it on the carpet or similar for a take down and put away kind of layout?
 

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If you are going to do a carpet central, Fastrack holds up great and the turnouts are the most trouble free.
Volphin is right. For space reasons, my layout is on the tile of my basement floor, and FasTrack works very well for that purpose. Back in the Seventies, I had a nice Super-O layout, and that was very satisfactory, too.

As others have said, it's all up to you.
 

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All alone here. I have O-27 style track with minimum O-42 curves. The track is a mix of manufacturers. Switches, according to my uncle who worked on the PRR for @ 50 years,
are K-Line O-42. Ties and ballast were added and glued down.
 

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WORKS FOR ME FOR NOW

Just like "rogruth" I am using 027 & O gauge. Simply for the reason that I have mountains of the stuff that has accumulated over the years of buying train sets & garage sales & eBaying. It will work for now until a bigger & better room can be acquired for a larger more thought out layout.

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Just like "rogruth" I am using 027 & O gauge. Simply for the reason that I have mountains of the stuff that has accumulated over the years of buying train sets & garage sales & eBaying. It will work for now until a bigger & better room can be acquired for a larger more thought out layout.

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The same for me, o27 & O, as it is what I had.
 

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By the way, I don't necessarily think tubular is better but I did have some, I was familiar with it and it was cheaper than other track.
 

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We have Ross track and switches and are very pleased. Ross offers good choices, a reasonable price, and, from what we have experienced, is well made. Our layout is minimum 072 and Ross Has what we want.

It is interesting that nobody has mentioned MTH scaletrack.
 

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I looked at all the choices for track before I settled on the Ross Track and Switches. You get a real clean look. Its a matter of taste take your time in deciding.
 

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Im on old tube cuz it was given to me. I am not looking for realism or adding ballast and like the 022 switchers. ill have to think about some of these in the future but ive still got a huge pile of tube track after my 12x6 setup. could do 2 more!!!
 
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