Series 3 - is that one of the very early ones with a grey base &
moulded-in ballast? If not, you may be able to connect it to System 6
using the same adaptor rail that joins System 6 to Super 4. Not sure
if this bit of track is still made by Hornby, though you may be able
to get one S/H or old stock. I've a feeling that locos/stock built to
run on Series 3 may have wheels a touch too coarse for System 6,
David E. Belcher
"David E. Belcher" wrote
No, Series 2 was the track with the grey base. System 3 had black (or very
dark brown) sleepers which were widely spaced. I believe System 3 rail was
the same section as Super 4, so it should be possible to join it as you
Having said that I can't think why anyone would want to use track as course
as System 3, or even Super 4 for that matter.
In message , mick
Much heavier rail section for one thing although Triang-Hornby, as was,
used to do a converter track for Super 4 to Series 6 but I do not think
that this compensated for the difference in sleeper base thickness.
Bear in mind that the old Series 3 track has completely different
geometry to all that followed - different straight track lengths and
radii for curves.
Some might regard it as useful for narrow gauge.
Also it was only available in steel - so keeping it clean is an issue!
The rolling stock should be OK on current code 100 rail but you may need
to look at back-to-back dimensions for the wheels.
I have series 3 track and just wanted to add some more track to it -
so I wnated to know if I could interface it with more modern track. I
could obviously buy some series 3. What do you mean by coarse track?
Series 3 track hasnt been made since the 60's, although I spose you might
find some on E Bay.
System 6 track is code 100, more accurate track is code 75. The code #
reletes to the height of the track. Series 3 was code 150 or 200 (guessing)
which makes it very out of scale or coarse.It was OK for the locos of the
day with large flanges on the wheels, which of corse will not run on modern
code 75 track, although I have run modern Hornby on Series 4 OKish.
Hope this helps
In article , Bill Campbell
It did and, Series 3 and Super 4 were the same height. The converter
rails were first made in 1966 to join both Series 3 and Super 4 to
Hornby Dublo track after Tri-ang took over Hornby and supposedly merged
the two systems. HD track was lower and had (presumably) code 100 rail
and so the converter track was ramp-like. It was remade in 1970 when
Tri-ang Hornby brought in System 6 which, as has been said, was lower
and code 100.
This is true. One of the principle reasons for the introduction of
Super 4 in 1962 was to improve the geometry without having to convert
everything to 'finescale'. It was public pressure which made them
finally change in 1970.
The converter track (R476) has not been made since 1983 but you may be
able to buy it second-hand at swapmeets or shops that deal in second-
Series 3 track is plentiful and traders often bin it rather than try to
sell it. There is still a lot around and you are usually given it
rather than be asked to pay for it. The compatible Super 4 is going the
same way though watch out for Super 4 points which are often broken and
sometimes badly mended. It is the short rails adjacent to the frog that