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Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Kurgan, Dec 27, 2005.

  1. Kurgan

    Kurgan New Member

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    Hi folks,

    I recently joined here and have read a lot of the information that I've found posted here. I still have a few questions I'd like to ask, if that is OK.

    I had an HO layout many years ago that I sold after I lost my job and didn't have the money to work on it. Now, I have both a job and a much better place to set up so I have decided to start a new one in my basement. I have looked at quite a few layouts and I have narrowed it down to a couple that I like. I am wondering where would be a good place (or places) to buy track and accessories online, could anyone recommend some for me? Also, I have read a bit about Digitrax DCC. Could you list your experiece with itor recommend another route for me to take?

    Thanks,

    Kurgan
  2. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

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    :wave: welcome to the gauge :wave: i'm a DC man myself so cant help you on the DCC stuff have used one on line shop seems ok its HObbies usa.
  3. dsfraser

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    Firstly, I'd recommend hitting the Yellow Pages and visiting the local hobby shops in your area. Decide which is most knowledgeable about trains, and become a patron. They can answer many questions and guide you in choosine wisely in selecting what cars and locomotives to choose. You can save a few bucks buying online (watch for shipping charges!) but having a good LHS on your side is a priceless resource.

    As for track, Atlas Flextrak (Code 100 or Code 83) seems to be pretty much standard in North America.

    I use the Digitrax Zephyr DCC set. It is affordable and expandable, and Digitrax seems to be quite a bit more popular than other systems.

    I would also suggest getting a copy of John Armstrong's book "Track Planning for Realistic Operation" (Kalmbach). It is well worth reading before you settle on a trackplan and start laying track.

    Cheers
    Scott Fraser
    Calgary, Alberta
  4. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

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    Hi Kurgan, :wave:

    http://www.trainworld.com/atlas/atlas_HO_track.htm

    is where I have bought track (HO Code 83).

    Your local hobby shop may carry the inexpensive Atlas
    books on layouts and wiring, etc. I think they're the
    best place to start reading, they are quite basic but
    have lots of info.
  5. Kurgan

    Kurgan New Member

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    Thanks for the thoughts. I plan to get the track online since it would be hard for a catalog company to mess it up. However, I am going to check out a local hobby shop for the train components and DCC system. The layout I plan to use is in an Atlas book I bought, but I wont be starting for a few weeks at least since I need to get the area in my basement ready for the layout to set up and stay.

    Again, thanks for the help.