Code .100 or Code .075

Hello everyone, I'm just starting out in model rail and have purchased a few items of rolling stock (Bachmann 00 gauge). I'm at the point where I want to buy some track. I'd planned on using Peco code .075, though following a comment from a dealer about re-wheeling my rolling stock I'm not sure whether I should use Peco code .100 instead.

My question is this. If I buy Peco code .075 will I need to re-wheel my rolling stock?

The rolling stock I currently have has been bought from new and is RTR. My intention is to use new RTR stock.

Thanks in advance for any comments,


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John Evans
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"John Evans" wrote

As far as I'm aware this is totally unneccessary if you stick to stock manufactured in the last ten years or so, with the possible exception of some Hornby tender drive locos. My current layout is built with Peco Code

75 track and the only rewheeling I've chosen to do is to replace any plastic wheels with metal ones.


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John Turner

"John Turner" wrote

Forgot to add that you may also have a problem with some of the older item manufactured by Lima.


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John Turner

Only on the older stuff, built say 10 years ago or so. All the new stuff from the Chinese factories should be OK.

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John Ruddy


Go for code 75. It looks much better, it is easier to work with and most rolling stock these days is far better suited to it than to code


Have a look at 'Model Railways Online Magazine', the latest edition:

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as this shows quite a few pictures of my layout which is code 75.

As others have cautioned, some of the older Lima rolling stock (coaches, wagons) can require re-wheeling due to the knife-blade flanges used, but my experience with Lima locos/DMU power cars/HST power cars has not revealed any problems since I started collecting them in the late 70's.

Graham Plowman

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