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Author Topic: American stock on PECO track ?  (Read 887 times)

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American stock on PECO track ?
« on: February 11, 2017, 05:35:05 pm »
Hi
Just starting out on my first setup and am thinking about what layout etc I want. I really like the American engines and stock and was wondering if they would run ok if I use standard UK PECO track ? Might be a silly question but I am slightly confused by the different scales .
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Re: American stock on PECO track ?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2017, 05:41:24 pm »
Hi flotmangooner, and welcome to the forum :wave:
I don't run US stuff myself but have run the odd train to test it and had no issues at all with Peco track.
However, I believe the sleeper spacing on Peco is not quite right for American outline :hmmm:
I'm sure you'll get plenty of replies though.

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Re: American stock on PECO track ?
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2017, 06:11:55 pm »
I understand that Peco export a lot of their production the the USA.
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Re: American stock on PECO track ?
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2017, 11:06:11 pm »
Hello flotmangooner

I have lots of North American gear old and new and it all runs perfectly on Peco code 55 as it would on code 80 I'm certain. As NPN says, the sleeper spacing on Peco track and points is not quite the same as the US prototype, but it doesn't worry me as it's hardly noticeable and Peco track has a reputation for reliability. Atlas makes codes 55 and 80 that is closer to the US prototype and has a similar range of turnouts & crossings to Peco so might be worth consideration also.

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Re: American stock on PECO track ?
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2017, 11:17:34 pm »

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Re: American stock on PECO track ?
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2017, 11:53:16 pm »
An itty bitty little piece of proof.......

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6muwvhc1ldhv1du/B%20%26%20O%20set.MOV?dl=0
Clerestory coaches in blue/grey livery? Anyway since when did Bang and Olufsen make trains?  :hmmm:
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Re: American stock on PECO track ?
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2017, 12:01:14 am »
G'day from Australia, flotmangooner, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

Back in the late 1970s the American magazine Model Railroader featured a famous N gauge project layout, The Clinchfield, which used Peco code 80 track exclusively.

So the answer is yes, no worries with American stock.
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: American stock on PECO track ?
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2017, 01:35:25 am »
My USA models run well on PECO 80 and 55.  Never tried PECO set track but never heard any negatives about it for USA stock.

PECO flex (80 and 55) was the default track for use on N-Trak modules.

CFJ

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Re: American stock on PECO track ?
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2017, 01:51:51 am »
I think as a general rule, any "recent" (i.e. made in the last 20~30 years) N gauge trains will run on any mass-produced non-finescale track systems just fine. Older stuff (pizza cutter wheels era) can be a little wobblier over points etc. but overall N gauge is N gauge, I run a whole variety of British, German, Japanese and a bit of American stuff on Tomix/Kato track with no real problems, and I imagine the same would go for Peco.
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Re: American stock on PECO track ?
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2017, 07:11:55 am »
Hi
Like others here. I've a layout that is made with Peco track of every variety - code 80 set track and streamline (if that's what it's called?)  and code 55. They mix in with some sections of Micro Engineering code 55 as well, and it's all good.
In fact all 9mm track is generally a better scale fit to USA and European stock at 1:160 than to British 1:148, as the 9mm gauge scales exactly to the real world 4ft 8etc gauge.

As Webbo says, the sleeper spacings aren't quite correct for America on Peco track, but I don't think they are correct for British track either!

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Re: American stock on PECO track ?
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2017, 07:22:13 am »
Peco produce track with the correct spacing in HO specifically for the American market, I believe, but at the moment they don't do N.
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: American stock on PECO track ?
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2017, 07:58:08 am »
I think as a general rule, any "recent" (i.e. made in the last 20~30 years) N gauge trains will run on any mass-produced non-finescale track systems just fine. Older stuff (pizza cutter wheels era) can be a little wobblier over points etc. but overall N gauge is N gauge, I run a whole variety of British, German, Japanese and a bit of American stuff on Tomix/Kato track with no real problems, and I imagine the same would go for Peco.

I've certainly got a 40 year old Bachmann diesel, plus an Arnold GP7 (?) and a GG1 that may date from the early 70's, and these have no problems with Peco code 80 track.
The incorrect sleeper spacings on Peco track aren't worth worrying about!

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Re: American stock on PECO track ?
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2017, 08:08:57 am »
I agree. The late Gordon (I forgot his last name  :-[) who designed and built the classic Clinchfield Railroad obviously didn't think so either.  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: American stock on PECO track ?
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2017, 08:11:12 am »
A lot of US modellers prefer Peco to Atlas and use it for US N scale no problem :) In fact, its code 55 is better with pizza cutter wheels than Atlas' code 55. Code 80 of whichever can support almost any wheel, from what I gather. I was in a model shop last week and the older gentleman working there proudly told me he uses peco code 55 for all his trackwork, but was thoroughly unimpressed when I replied excitedly that my reason for doing so was that I model U.K. Outline (which is basically nonexistent over here). Needless to say, he Models US and has no problem :) Any ideas on which region/companies you might like? I just moved to St Louis and discovered that you can see BNSF, UP, NS, and CSX locos here!!! I'm pretty sure it is the only place in the country with that advantage ;) Happy modeling and feel free to message me with any questions or to pick my brain about US modeling (I certainly needed to pick lots of brains here about where to find UK info!).

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Re: American stock on PECO track ?
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2017, 08:26:42 am »
You should also see CN locos there as well. The only class 1 railway that doesn't run to St. Louis is CP.

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