Friday Snap, Flex, Hand

Discussion in 'The Caboose' started by TomPM, Sep 15, 2006.

  1. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

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    Good morning folks

    No modeling last night. I stood around in the rain at my son’s football practice. Afterwards all I wanted to do was be dry.

    Flex track, snap/sectional track, track with plastic roadbed, hand laid track, or something else, what do you use or do you use a combination?

    I am currently using Atlas Snap Track on the layout. Since I am constructing in short sections flex track is just not feasible. Also in the era I am modeling track joints were everywhere. There was only a little bit of continuous rail around. In a lot of ways the snap track or sectional track in more prototypical. I do have quite a bit of Bachmann EZ-Track. Some of that is currently being used on areas of the layout where I am not working. That way I can run trains and the track is at the same elevations as the snap track with a foam road bed. I am currently using Atlas Snap Track turnouts. This is one area where I may venture into something else at a latter date.
  2. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    A mixture of both snap and flex track. Mostly snap on the straights, and flex in the curves because with my long modern equipment, I needed at least a 30" radius.
  3. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

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    eightyeightfan1, have we seen any of your layout? I'd really love to see it, even if it's not done!

    I used only EZ track for my initial trackplan, a BIG mistake considering all the scenery I had to do!

    I'm using snap track for the yard lead, and flextrack for the yard tracks.
  4. Catt

    Catt Guest

    Between the TTRAK,2TRAK, and two home layouts I am using about every kind of track there is.Once I get started on the new HO layout (above layouts are all N scale) I will be hand laying using the old code 80 rail from the former NTRAK layout
  5. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Plain old Aristo G gauge track on the big layout.... Atlas Flex on the Ho stuff....
  6. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    Atlas flex track on most everything. I do have some sectional curves and straight track that I've picked up along the way that I've tried to use up, but I'm good to go with flex track.

    I think that anyone that hand lays N scale track should get a commendation for patience, fortitude and great hand-eye coordination.:D
  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Atlas Code 83 flex, with Walthers/Shinohara #8, #6 and #4 turnouts.

    The only handlaid track I have planned is for the speeder shed...! ;) :D

    Andrew
  8. Thoroughbreed

    Thoroughbreed Member

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    I'm using flex, don't have much right now, as no layout, but continuing to pick up pieces. Did get some atlas 22 radius to complete a circle, to see what of my stock will take it, found out my riverossi's with body mount kadess won't, 53' wells don't like em, won't even try the autoracks....:oops:
    And to have the patience to hand lay, I envy you:D
  9. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    I am using mostly Atlas Code 83 Flextrack and some Atlas snaptrack.
  10. santafewillie

    santafewillie Member

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    Nearly everything. I use mostly Atlas flextrack and Custom Line turnouts, but have some sectional track and Snap Track switches. No plastic roadbed however, I use traditional cork. I even use some old brass flextrack on sidings and storage tracks, only where electrical conductivity is not important.
  11. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

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    Hey!!

    Atlas flex track for me...!!! Peco medium & large turnouts. All PL'd to cork roadbed, with the exception of the yard areas where it goes directly on plywood...A bit noisy, as I found out.

    Gus (LC&P).
  12. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    You can see some of it(in the background) of the "Freight Car of the Week" and "Loco Of The Week" threads.
  13. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    I use flex track - mostly Peco, largely code 100 but shifting to code 70 (75?) for new work. With a bit of SMP/ C&L bullhead mixed in.
    I have done hand built track, but it's too much of a chore with the varying British wheel standards.
    My wife's layout uses Fastrack.