Newbee Questions

Discussion in 'Traction Thoroughfare' started by LostinTime, Dec 25, 2006.

  1. LostinTime

    LostinTime New Member

    I have a Klein Modelbaun locomotive with working pantographs
    and two matching passenger cars.

    1.) Which brand of track would you recommend to use? (Currently only have two pieces of Walthers bridge track code 83 with code 70 guard rails and the pieces seem to roll fine on it.) (I dont have any other track or track guages right now to test with.)

    2. Are there any manufacturers of flex track in code 83 with code 70 guard rail (either single or double) that is NOT bridge track spacing on the ties ? (In other words, normal tie spacing) I'm wanting to use guard rail on my curves on the layout that I'm planning. Any options other than hand laid? Or do you buy bridge track and remove every other tie?

    3. While my loco and cars are ho scale (1/87) Klein also has several locos in 1/100 what scale is this actually? Do you use regular HO track for these? (They only appear to be LIKE a double decker unit...but not really double decker)

    4. What are your opinions on the Klein products? I bought these while in Austria last month. I'm going back to Europe in the next few months and probably buy some more traction locos. Whose products would you recommend? Whose products would you NOT recommend? I'm a big fan of Electric Locomotives.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hello Lostintime.

    We would love to see a picture of your Klein Modelbaun locomotive .

    I mostly use Peco track code 100, they do code 83 also.

    Most bridges we buy here you can slide your track across, and I glue my own Jordon rails in place.
    Some bridges have the rail in place.

    If you want to bend girder rail visit

    I have no experience with this manufacture, sorry, I sctatch build most of my own electrics.

    Hope to here more from you.
    Hope this helps.
    Where are you btw?:thumb:
  3. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Hi Lostin. I don't have personal experience with Klein, but I think they are totally Austrian.
    Guard rail track is pretty rare. Are you looking for a tight guard rail -- right up against the running rail, or a wider one like the bridge rails? I've though of doing the latter (I need the protection!) by taking N gauge track, removing most of the ties, and putting the remaining ties between the HO ones.
    1/100 scale may not have a name. I think the Brits model TT-3 in about this scale (3mm=1 foot) on 12mm gauge track. The accurate gauge would be 14.4mm
  4. LostinTime

    LostinTime New Member

    Nice Catenary Picture

    Thanks everyone for your replies.

    I thought that you might like a look at a picture that I took while in Europe. I took it thru a window on a train that I was on, while in Hungary.

    While the picture resolution here is Not the Best (640x480), the original photo has a resolution of 3264 x 2448 and is very sharp. (The digital file is 22.8 MEG in size and will print Poster Size prints clearly.)

    (If anyone would be interested in a copy of the photo without the watermark or the digital file send me a private message and we'll discuss very reasonable terms.)

    Attached Files:

  5. TrainGuyRom

    TrainGuyRom Member

    Hey! I have heard that some modelers will put in the poles, but not the wires. they say that the wire is what turns "newbees" away from traction. If you do operating overhead, use as few switches as possible. these complicate the building process.

    I am new to traction too. I have done some reading on traction, seen lots of traction layouts at train shows. but never built or helped build a traction scene/layout. I am interested so please tell the other "Newbees" about it when your an expert(for me, it will proboly be a few years.)
  6. MidnightRR

    MidnightRR Member

    I don't think you get a worthwhile track plan by limiting the number of track switches you use.

    If you're going to use overhead, then learn to do it right, don't compromise your track plan to make the job easier.
  7. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    You will probably find it to be a much better idea add the guard rails yourself than to buy bridge track and remove ties...if you REALLy want to add all those extra guard rails.

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