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    Who manufactures Peco track? Does the company have a Website?

    What would justify the additional cost of Peco track?

    Happy New Year,


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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch Track View Post
    Who manufactures Peco track? Does the company have a Website?
    What would justify the additional cost of Peco track?
    Happy New Year,
    Peco track would be made by erm, Peco. As for cost, shop around. With the current exchange rate between and $ the price should be coming down.
    Modelling CP & BN in HO from SE London.

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    It you're going to buy Peco, here is the best place I've found to do it.

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    AndrewC & Secondhandmodeler,

    Considering I am neophyte at this hobby, is it likely I will experience benefit of Peco track? Or will I be better served by using Atlas?

    Finally, should I use Code 100 track? and what's the difference between coded track?

    Happy New Year,


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    ST, I think I explained the difference in track code sizes in another post. Code 100 track just means the rails are .100 inches high. Code 83 is .083 inches, and so on. Code 83 is becoming more popular becuase the cross section is closer to the average mainline rail. Code 100 represents about 215 pound prototype rail, which would only be found on very heavy duty mainlines.

    If I was building a layout today, I'd use Atlas code 83 switches and sectional track and Model Engineering code 83 flex track. The ME flex track is easier for a newcomer to use because it holds it shape better in curves. The Atlas and ME tracks with the brown ties are very good looking and look even better when they are ballasted and weathered. Peco track and switches do have some advantages but, if I have to explain them, it's probably not worth you spending the extra money on them.
    Regards, Jim
    HO Scale Modeler

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    I would advise against using Code 100, the size it represents doesn't really exist on North American prototypes. Plus, it is hard to bury on industrial spurs and hard to raise your roads to cross it.

    Code 83 has become more popular in recent years, I use Code 70 myself. In my opinion, you can't really go wrong with Peco or ME. CVT makes the best turnouts (they are in kit form, and are curvable). I stopped using section track and started using flextrack to make my spurs and such, the stuff is just so much better than Atlas' rather static segments.

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    Default Peco vs/ Atlas

    Peco track is made in the UK, and as others above have noted, the price is higher than Atlas and varies a great deal. Try some UK stores, if you buy enough the shipping cost would be well worth the price savings over most US sellers.

    Track vs. track: the Peco is in my opinion, better made with more realistic detail; however, the plates and details are European prototype in nature. The concrete tie flextrack is outstanding, and I do not believe that Atlas has anything like it.

    Turnouts vs. turnouts: no contest, the Peco are true, positive locking, and work very well with Tortoise switch motors. I've never hade to file the points on Peco switches; Atlas switches, depending on which plant in China they come from, require lots of tuning, in my opinion. However, you pay for that quality - about 55% more for the Peco. (Same observation regarding the details at the tie/plate level as noted above.)

    And if you run European prototypes rolling stock and engines, then the extra depth of the Code 100 Peco will give more than adequate clearance for the rather large-flanged NEM equipment. I've had a lot of rolling stock that won't run across Atlas turnouts without a lot of work on the frog on the turnout with a Dremel tool. (To me, not having to perform that work effort is worth the premium price for Peco.)


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    Thanks for the info. Were I to go with Peco turnouts, what model should I select? I like the idea of remote switching, so maybe Electrofrog might be the way for me to go. But what about length? And streamline???

    Happy New Year,


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    Switchtrack. 'Electrofrog' means the frog is live electrically. It doesn't mean they are remote controlled. Insulfrog means the frog is plastic. The main difference is that you need to be more careful in wiring and placing of insulating gaps when using electrofrogs. The advantage of them is they give you better running with smaller locos as there is no gap in them electrically speaking. Streamline is just a range of products. The alternative is their 'settrack' range which is very small radius switches and sectional track.

    I'm moving on to hand laying track but in the past I've used both Peco and Atlas. Personally I prefer the Peco product as the softer plastic they use for the flex track is practically indestructable. Their switches are also better looking than Altas's. I've still got Peco switches that are over 20 years old and have been salvaged from numerous layouts. Having said that, most of the code 100 stuff is pretty old and the tooling seems to be wearing slightly as the last couple of switches I picked up had loose rails.

    I guess for you the decision is going to be one of balancing realism, robustness, and cost. Another consideration is that with Peco they offer 3 different ranges in code 100, 83, and 75. Not all switch types are available in each range. If I was starting again, most likely I'd be looking at the Peco newer code 83 range.
    Modelling CP & BN in HO from SE London.

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    peco switches a alot better but you will pay for it. I have a layout at home with about 15 Atlas switches. over 3 years use I would say I have had to tweak about 10 of those switches to get them to work flawless. The most troublesome were replaced with peco and I never had to mess with them again.

    Trent Blasco

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