Ho Train Track Explained For Beginners-aizi

Crafts-Hobbies So you have a desire in starting a new HO scale model railroad layout. One of the first questions you should be asking yourself is what kind of HO train track are you going to be using. It is important to ask this quesion because after you start with the layout, there basically is no going back without .pletely starting over. I own a small model train shop and whenever a beginner to model trains .es in, the most asked question I get is ‘can you explain the difference between all the types of HO train track?’ As I explain the difference, I always start by telling them what the difference in ‘track codes’ mean. When it .es to HO train track, there are a few codes of track although there are 2 that are the most .mon. That being code 100 and code 83. What the code actually represents is the height of the track rail. The height or code is measured in thousandths of an inch so code 100 is 100 thousandths high and code 83 is 83 thousandths high. Because the rail is slightly higher, code 100 track is a little easier to run on. With higher rail, you will have less derailments with your engines and cars. If cost is an issue, code 100 track is also cheaper than code 83. Why would you use code 83 track if code 100 track is less expensive and easier to run on? If you are looking for more realistic track, then you will want to use code 83. Also, with Atlas HO train track, code 83 has brown ties and code 100 has black ties. One other major consideration when selecting your code is that for some reason, there are more ‘options’ with code 83 track. What I mean by this is that you will find more turn-out configurations which will be explained below. Once you have decided what code track you want to use, the next question involves the roadbed. There are a few track manufacturers that offer HO train track with roadbed built right on the track. You might believe that this is more convenient but it limits your track configuration options. Track with roadbed attached to it only .es in predefined radius sections, small straights, and very limited turn-out options. About the only reason to use track with roadbed attached to it is if you are planning a break-down layout (a layout that can be disassembled). Please don’t use track with roadbed attached if you are planning a permanent layout, you will be glad you did. Fixed track or Flex Track? Flex track .es in 3′ sections and is designed to bend easily so you can make your own curves. Fixed track on the other hand, is rigid pieces of track with pre-defined radius such as 18", 22", or 24" and straight lengths of usually 3,6, or 9" pieces. Both types have certain advantages over the other, depending on how and where it is being used. As you design your layout, you will find that there are sections where one type of track might work better than the other. One advantage of fixed track is that when you buy it, it already has the joiners connected to the ends so you just connect the track pieces together. With flex track, after you bend a curve, you will have to nip the piece of extended rail, file the end smooth, attach a joiner, and normally solder the sections together. If using fixed track, you really should solder the joints as well. One reason to use flex track is that you can have a longer continuous curve so you have less joints. Also, you are running 3′ of continuous track verses multiple pieces of fixed track. Like I said earlier, both kinds of track have advantages in certain sections of your layout and it really is something you will have to experiment with. Another .mon question is how .patible is track from different manufacturers. Since HO train track has been standardized, you will find that most manufacturers are .patible with each other. As long as the code rail is the same. You won’t have a problem with the width between rails because all HO train track has a standard width. The only real issue is with track with roadbed attached to it. There is NO .patibility between manufactures but sometimes there are transition track pieces available. So if you are going to use track with attached roadbed, you should probably use the same track for your .plete layout. What is the difference between track manufactures? The quality of the track is the primary difference between manufacturers. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Some flex track may bend a little easier and some might be more realistic than others so there really is a personal preference when deciding on the manufacturer you want to use. As I mentioned above, code 83 HO train track has more turn-out options available. A switch or turn-out, is defined by a number usually between 4 and 8. The most .mon turn-out is a #5 turn-out. The angle that the turn-out .es off of the straight track is what this number represents. A #4 turn-out has the sharpest angle .ing off the main and a #8 will have a much shallower angle. So the greater the number, the smaller the angle and longer the turn-out will be. You will find that as well as straight turnouts, there are also curved turnouts so you can actually place a switch on a curved section of your layout. Turn-outs can also be found in wye configurations and cross overs. I hope I have explained the basics of HO train track so you can make an informed decision on what type of track will work best for your new layout. Just remember that this is your hobby and you can do what ever works best for you. It’s all about having fun. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: