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« on: August 07, 2018, 04:48:11 pm »
Hello there...
Just joined and looking for lots of info..The last time i was involved in this world was oo gauge and Hornby and Lima were it...Err probably giving my age away lol.
So decided to get back into the hobby but limited space..so i have 6ft 10 x 2ft 10 but with a sloping roof at one end ... any ideas also seeing much debate over track code 55 , code 80 etc .
Must say though really impressed with the n gauge rolling stock etc ...

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2018, 07:43:44 pm »
Welcome to our friendly forum Martymoo, great to have you onboard.  As for code 55 vs 80, 55 is a much better option as it is not only stronger due to the fact it is a low profile track set deep into the plastic sleeper base which gives it a finer look.  Also go for the live frog option, you won't regret it as it improves running no end through the point due to its electro frog versus a plastic frog although Peco are currently in the process of changing all their points to a new multi option format.
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2018, 08:24:07 pm »
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Having used Peco code55 and code80 with no great success I would recommend Kato Unitrack I only recently swopped over to it and would not go back.
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2018, 08:38:28 pm »
Welcome aboard Marty.
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2018, 08:43:41 pm »
Welcome to the Forum.

Best wishes.

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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2018, 09:12:27 pm »
Welcome to the forum, and to  :ngauge:

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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2018, 09:35:30 pm »
Hi and welcome to the friendly forum Martymoo. My first layout was made using Peco track, but I am afraid I am now firmly in the same camp as Ditape - Kato all the way!
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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2018, 09:36:29 pm »
Hi Marty, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Assuming you're building a roundy roundy layout then I would hide the end with the sloping roof in a tunnel and then hide the other end under a town with steps leading down to the platform(s) as that way you could have short platform(s) and no one is any the wiser as to the length of your trains ;)
I'm a code 55 and electrofrog user.

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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2018, 10:00:04 pm »
Hi Martymoo and welcome aboard! :wave:

I'm a fan of both Kato Unitrack and Peco Code 55. :confused1: They both have a lot to recommend them for. But I wouldn't be without my Unitrack for testing my Xmas pressies on the dinner table! :D
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Re: Newbie
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2018, 11:37:13 pm »
G'day from Australia, Martymoo, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

My own layout is Peco code 80 because that's all there was at the time I started building it. All points are live frog, however.

Welcome on board!  :beers:
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Re: Newbie
« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2018, 07:07:46 pm »
Hi Martymoo and welcome aboard! http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/Smileys/NGF/laugh.gif
I am returning to the hobby, had a basic N gauge layout as a boy. To get back into it and learn, I started out with Peco 80 and insulfrog as I didn't want the complexity of Electrofrog day one, and stuck with DC and old fashioned sections, so I can learn from what I know. However, the experienced folks here will be right that electrofrog runs better, and if you are OK following the wiring instructions you just need a point motor with a switch and it all works....

My tip for today is look at track planning software - I missed out on this and I think it might have saved me some time. There's a subsection on this in the forum, pick what suits you.
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