I don't think they offered brass N gauge track. AFAIK, N track from all
manufacturers has always been n/s.
Are you saying you can't tell whether the track you have is brass or
n/s? Some n/s track is yellowish, but not the deep golden yellow of
brass, and it doesn't tarnish the way brass does. If in doubt, dissolve
a teaspoon of salt in half a glass of water, add white vinegar to make a
full glass, and dip the track in it. If it's brass, the tarnish will
come off, and you will see the bright yellow of brass, sometimes with a
The weird steel stuff was by Arnold-Rapido. It had the railhead as a
slightly rounded _^_ which they touted as self-cleaning.
The really weird stuff was by Ibertren (Spain) which was three rail, or
for export 2 rail with the center rail not fitted.
There was also Treble-O Lone Star (UK) with 9.5mm gauge.
And for those who don't remember when PIKO (East Germany) was into N
scale (in the 70s), their track was made from tin-plated sheet steel
shaped like inverted "U". It was hollow.
And then there was some early MINITRIX track. Standard code 80 profile
but made from some sort of stainless steel alloy. It was very shiny
and magnetic. I still have some of both types hanging around.
And yes, Rapido was blackened steel and same inverted "U" profile liek
PIKO (but solid).
I don't ever recall seeing brass N scale track.
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