Compatability of Different Brands of Track

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by jimote, Sep 22, 2005.

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Favorite Brand of Track

  1. Kato

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  2. Peco

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  3. Atlas

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  4. Life-Like

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  5. Bachmann

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  6. Rivarossi

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  7. Marklin

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  8. International Hobby

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  9. Other

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  1. jimote

    jimote New Member

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    I have opened a new Hobby Store - I have N and HO scale Train Products, However, i was never a serious hobbyist in this area and there is much i do not know. This is my question.

    Life-Like, Kato, Atlas, Peco, Model Power, Bachmann, Rivarossi, Marklin and International Hobby all offer Train Sets. Is the track in any of these sets compatible with other makes of track? If not, are there conversion pieces available to go from one set to another.

    Right now in my store, i have Kato and Bachmann N Scale Track and Atlas HO Scale track. If i order Life-Like or International Hobby or Model Power train sets to sell for Christmas am i going to have to buy a brand of track for each of these manufacturers?

    I would appreciate any comments giving your knowledge and likes and dislikes in these areas.
  2. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Any experience I've had was.. that all the HO track & trains are compatable. as long as it's the same "code" Ex Code 100, Code 80 etc

    Al the n gauge items are the same too.. the only time you get into a transition track (Which they sell ) is from Ez track to non EZ track..
  3. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

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    Well, if you want our business you gotta tell us where you are!! :D

    Best of Luck with the venture! :thumb: Glad it's you and not me, though. :rolleyes:

    And you're 2 months and 10 days older tham I am (heh, heh)
  4. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    The Track with roadbed, i.e. the ones that sit up a bit and have fancy locking mechanisms at the end, are all different in the locking mechanisms. The tracks without roadbed are all compatible for the same rail size (code). The LifeLike and Bachman EZ are extremely different (in HO anyways). I haven't tried but I think you might make a compromise section by cutting a section of each in half and sliding the rails around.
    The trains are compatible with any track, but you'll need to either concentrate on one brand or stock 3 or 4.
  5. zigg72md

    zigg72md New Member

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  6. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    I don't know how many serious modelers use EZ Track, or other pre-balasted track. I know there are some, but it would seem to me that if I were going to stock a store with track, I'd also carry some flex track and Atlas and Peco as well as cork roadbed for those that want to balast their own.

    "Starter" sets usually don't come with that much track anyway, usually just a simple oval, and can be replaced with a different type if the right type wasn't in stock, without spending a lot.
  7. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    jimote,
    Here at Destination Hobby Center, we stock Atlas "true track", Bachmann "Easy track",and some LifeLike "power lock", along with Atlas/Peco/micro engineering flex track, and snap track in HO. In N, we have Atlas, Micro engineering, and Bachmann "easy track". Anything else, we can "special order".
    Pete
  8. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    jimote...

    Didn't answer your poll - my favourites are not on your list! ;)

    I really like the look of MicroEngineering track, and the Walthers/Shinohara new "DCC friendly" turnouts. In terms of code - I plan on having Code 83 as the absolute heaviest track. If I could find smaller, reasonable cost flex in smaller codes, I would use it!

    Hope that helps! Good luck with the store... :)

    Andrew
  9. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    jimote...

    Missed that last bit of your question - No, Lifelike trains do not have to run on Life-like track (etc, etc). And Code 83 track can be joined with Code 100 - it just needs either special rail joiners from the manufacturer, or careful "duct-taping" on your part... :D

    Andrew