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Old 10-05-2018, 09:30 AM   #1
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Default Code 80 or Code 55

I am a little lost as to the main differences other than code 55 has a wider range of pre-made points.

Also no ready made section of curves so it's all flexi.

As I am a few weeks away from even getting the shed let alone laying track.

I was just looking into getting track ready and possibly building a small loop elsewhere until the shed is ready, just so I can run some trains and keep the love alive
If I have to do it with just flexi it wont be possible so I'd end up going for code 80 and set track curves for a bit of now fun for later use.
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Itís exactly the same OO code 100 and 75. If you use the fine code your track laying has to be that bit better, especially with N gauge. However, donít be put off by having to use flexi, once you get the hang of it, which doesnít take long, itís a piece of cake.
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Itís exactly the same OO code 100 and 75. If you use the fine code your track laying has to be that bit better, especially with N gauge. However, donít be put off by having to use flexi, once you get the hang of it, which doesnít take long, itís a piece of cake.
Ok, I am sadly more lost as to what to use then haha, code 80 I am equating to the same as 00 code 100, designed for setrack expansion.

Code 55 for the better rail profile.

As I have never had a proper layout In decades I am unsure, the points and things like double slips and such are a draw for me, that being said If I choose to get a selection of track for some 'fun' before the shed gets here I would have to go code 80 as no set curves in code 55 and I am unsure how I would fix flexi down temporally and I would not want to cut it unless I wanted it for the final layout.
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You can re-use flexi, it can be re-trimmed.
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You can re-use flexi, it can be re-trimmed.
what about temporarily fixing it in place? for a few weeks? because buying 4 lengths of flexi is cheaper than the setrack curves and I can re-use even if I cut as I will try not to have any yard length sections on my big layout.
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why would you not want any yard long flexi on a big layout. Surely the opposite would apply. The more longer lengths, the better, will ensure decent running.
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why would you not want any yard long flexi on a big layout. Surely the opposite would apply. The more longer lengths, the better, will ensure decent running.
I meant it as in one big long straight section that is very train set.
I'm after more sweeping curves on this big layout.
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Drawing pins will hold it down.
Not sure about straight being train set. There are many miles of straight track in the 12 inch to the foot model railway.

I think too many curves where they are not needed can look odd.
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The good thing about N gauge (If it is still the same as it was when I tried it) is that code 80 and code 55 actually have the same rail height as with Peco the difference is taken out by the design of the sleepers and the rails. Therefore, both can be freely mixed without the need for special track or railjoiners, unlike in 00 gauge where there is the need to do this.
The other thing I need to mention is that as Peco have been very cleaver with the design, code 55 will take deep rail flanges (The track I bought when Peco first introduced code 55 did. Not sure if today's track is the same, but it should be).

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