Track question

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Gil Finn, Oct 1, 2006.

  1. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    I have 22 inch Atlas True track.

    I want to run a double main line on the shelf layout I am planning.

    Cab I get a larger radious?

    If not in Altlas how 'bout Bachman?
  2. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Gil, why not use Flextrack? It's probably cheaper than sectional and you can make whatever radius you require. I had a few pieces of sectional track, plus a bunch of decks from Atlas bridges. The foreground of the picture below shows where the rails went. :D


  3. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    Nice pic. I like the built in road bed.
  4. Iron Horse

    Iron Horse Member

    That track is mostly made for beginners with simple layouts. Most simple layouts use 18 and 22 radius, that is probably why they make it that way. You could use 22 on the outside curve and 18 for the inside.
  5. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    I would go with flextrack as Wayne said, It is much easyer. But if you want sectional track, CODE 83 has a few more bigger radius than CODE 100 track does.
  6. gottaBreal

    gottaBreal Member

    Ya guys Flex Track is where Its at. Hey Doc your from the same area as me.

    Great layout how long have you been in the hobby?
  7. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member


    I like that green color you've got on some of those buildings. What color is it?
    Also love that heavyweight bringing up the rear of that local. Great modeling...!!:thumb:

    Gus (LC&P).
  8. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    I guess I am simple and a beginner after 20 yeras in O gauge.

    I don't care to mess with all that glue and ballast material.

    I will stick with my Atlas true track.stooges8
  9. alexander

    alexander Member

    yeah, your first layout, go sectional, after that, try some flex, my layout is a mix of Flex and Sectional.
  10. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Thanks guys. Gus, the green paint was mixed from Floquil Light Green and Grey Primer, although I don't recall the proportions. The combine is a shortened Rivarossi diner. GottaBreal, where's your hobbyshop? I go to the one in St. Catharines, when I have time. I've been interested in trains since I was about 3, although I've had model trains for only the last 50 years or so. Wow! Didn't realize it had been that long until just now, when I typed that last sentence. :D

  11. gottaBreal

    gottaBreal Member


    My hobby shop isnt anywhere, Ive been out of the hobby for about 10 years now however did a great job storing my parts. Im currently track planning a 2 level layout in a 3x10 space with Helix and staging yards in the backroom. Im going to model the late 1970's takeover of many railroads by Conrail which will lead to some great paint jobs on my fleet.

    However I used to love going to Niagara Central hobbys I think it was called and droll over all the Brass loco's. Are they still around.?
  12. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    My old rail ended up on a 40' flatbed with some scale lumber. If / When I get a layout put back together I'll have to have some rusted piles on the side of the line as well. Yours looks pretty good :)
  13. R. MARTIN

    R. MARTIN Member

    Wow! You guys don't pull any punches when it comes to sectional track vs flex track.
    I do agree that flex track is better considering the reduction in the number of rail joints, thus the reduced chances of kinks/binding when coming around a curve. Also, I've noticed a tendency in the atlas track to slip in it's tie plates causing the ends to be un-even as it follows the curve.
    Concerning the transition from 100 to 83 or back, I've seen rail joiners that do that job without the need of a piece of transition track.

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