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Author Topic: PECO Code 55 Unifrog points - anybody tried these?  (Read 431 times)

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PECO Code 55 Unifrog points - anybody tried these?
« on: May 17, 2018, 01:28:30 pm »
I notice a couple of retailers have the PECO SL-U395F and SL-U396F code 55 medium radius unifrog points in stock. Has anyone tried these and can comment whether they have the same flangeway clearances and wheel consuming gap as the code 55 electrofrog points?

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Re: PECO Code 55 Unifrog points - anybody tried these?
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2018, 01:32:55 pm »
Must be brand new, many retailers still saying they're a pre-order item. They look interesting, and it's the same system they've used on their OO gauge Bullhead turnouts which seem to have been well received. Wired like an insulfrog, but without the performance deficiencies particularly with short wheelbase locos.

I'd definitely have them. Hatton's are saying they are replacing the electrofrog variant, so I guess we can assume the rest of the range will change over in due course. Surprised at the medium radius being first - I'd have thought it's the least popular size.
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Re: PECO Code 55 Unifrog points - anybody tried these?
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2018, 01:34:33 pm »
Interesting, and a step forward.  I will have to get a couple to play with.

I really can't imagine Peco that would manufacture them with different flangeways etc. to the standard code 55 range, after all the new points have still got to cater for the stock people already own.
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Re: PECO Code 55 Unifrog points - anybody tried these?
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2018, 01:37:39 pm »
Agreed, no chance they'll have changed that. I imagine it'll be an identical item to the SL-395/6F, but with a new frog arrangement.

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Re: PECO Code 55 Unifrog points - anybody tried these?
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2018, 01:40:03 pm »
I really can't imagine Peco that would manufacture them with different flangeways etc. to the standard code 55

...I was being optimistic! I like 4 wheeled wagons, but not the dip through the crossing.

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Re: PECO Code 55 Unifrog points - anybody tried these?
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2018, 01:41:25 pm »
Yep, would be nice to have a 'modern' equivalent more worthy of the finescale name with proper geometry and less 'dippy', but hey ho! Finetrax if you want better quality track still!

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Re: PECO Code 55 Unifrog points - anybody tried these?
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2018, 02:04:26 pm »
I'm just about to start doing my point work, I might hang on a month or two now and see how these develop, need the long ones to come out, I've got no need for medium ones.

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Re: PECO Code 55 Unifrog points - anybody tried these?
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2018, 02:15:33 pm »
Frustratingly even the medium ones aren't actually on the Peco website, so it's anyone's guess when the other sizes will follow! Would like to see an 'ultra long' with concrete bearers myself. I know it'll still have all the failings of their other points, and not be overly prototypical, but would be great for modern layouts.

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Re: PECO Code 55 Unifrog points - anybody tried these?
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2018, 02:43:11 pm »
Just finished reading the article in the current Railway Modeller about wiring up the OO version. If the N gauge one's are as easy You'll hear me cheering loud and clear.

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Re: PECO Code 55 Unifrog points - anybody tried these?
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2018, 05:21:57 pm »
I don't expect the wiring to be any different to a traditional electrofrog.  A dropper from the frog to the common of a changeover switch linked to or integral with the point motor, and two feeds from the track or DCC bus to the switch's inputs.  Simples.

The advantage should be no need for IRJs after the frog V, and presumably the blades are now bonded to the running rails as per DCC preferred "best practice"?
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