Atlas code 80 N scale track is average. The flex is priced good and decent,
but the turnouts are below par(IMHO). However, their code 55 trackage is
Peco trackage is very good, and they have a wide selection of turnots sizes,
but it is more expensive!
Max Coynes wrote:
If Atlas made better switches (I dislike their floppy points which seems to
cause electrical and mechanical (derailing) problems over time), I'd use
their code 83 flex track all the time. Their ties are narrower than others
(Pilz, Walthers/Shinohara, etc.) and to my eye looks better and more to
But their turnouts are so unreliable that I can't use them.
If you can deal with their turnouts, they are DCC ready as is, but with a
dead frog in the Superswitch and Custom line. Soldering to the frog to liven
it up is problematic.
I prefer Pilz Elite turnouts, but they look European in their tie placements
Railway engineering turnouts are probably the best, though pricy, and if you
don't use wood ties everywhere, they will sort of stand out.
in article firstname.lastname@example.org, Corelane at
email@example.com wrote on 12/7/03 6:09 PM:
Trying to solder to the frog is a lost cause. I tap the little round hole
side the frog(1-72, IIRC) and run a screw up from the bottom, a good electrical
connection. I also peen the rivits/tabs on the points so that they have a good
firm electical connection. I use Tortoise or a choke cable turnout control and
good firm action with the points. I do dress up the points with a small file as
they are rather 'blunt'. The price of their code 83 is very good and I love
code 83 flex track Most of my turnouts are not powered by Tortoise machines,
do not have the frog wired. With the new generation of good engines with all
pickup, I have no problems creeping through the switches........
"Edward A. Oates" wrote:
On Mon, 08 Dec 2003 16:24:41 GMT, "Edward A. Oates"
Several of our group got the Railway Engineering turnouts and installed them.
quite good at building and installing turnouts such that craftsmanship and
not an issue. The machines are awful. Oh, they look great as long as they are
a static display. They do not function worth a damn. Scratchbuilding turnouts is
better than using R.E.
In what way did you have problems with them. I've got a couple installed
with Builders-in-scale switch motors and they work OK for me. I did find
that Tortoise machines were not strong enough to maintain sufficient
pressure on the points.
in article firstname.lastname@example.org, Captain Handbrake @
Atlantic Coast Line.com at Captain Handbrake @ Atlantic Coast Line.com wrote
on 12/10/03 9:54 AM: