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Author Topic: Is FiNetrax code 40 appropriate for a current day layout.  (Read 1526 times)

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Is FiNetrax code 40 appropriate for a current day layout.
« on: January 25, 2018, 08:41:44 PM »
My modelling period is current day (last 10 years).

The FiNetrax code 40 is for bullhead rail with chairs. I don't think it's appropriate to represent modern FB track.

Is there any alternative to Peco code 55?

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Re: Is FiNetrax code 40 appropriate for a current day layout.
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2018, 08:59:15 PM »
As you say, bullhead isn’t really suitable for a modern main line layout, plus it’s all wooden sleeper.

You can get Easitrac, which is 2mm FS, but for plain line will work with normal n gauge wheels. For points that leaves you having to build your own though, with code 40 FB rail and PCB sleepers built to N gauge standards. I love the idea of it; nice flowing pointwork, proper length crossovers, but it’s a lot of effort!

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Re: Is FiNetrax code 40 appropriate for a current day layout.
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2018, 12:01:46 AM »
There's still plenty of bullhead on secondary lines and sidings so it really depends on where you would like to model.

The vast majority of modern mainline is concrete sleepered flatbottom track - for that I would use 2mm FS Easitrac as Nick suggests.

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Re: Is FiNetrax code 40 appropriate for a current day layout.
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2018, 07:49:52 AM »
Isn't Wayne looking at adding concrete sleepers / FB rail to the finetrax range? Sure I've seen photos somewhere of the test pieces...

If so, how soon do you need it? How patient are you?

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Re: Is FiNetrax code 40 appropriate for a current day layout.
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2018, 08:07:15 AM »
The problem you have then is still the points really. If you want a contemporary main line then you also need concrete bearer based high speed points, which are enormous! The existing Finetrax points would definitely be an improvement on Peco though, even if Wayne did a compromised larger point using FB and concrete bearers.

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Re: Is FiNetrax code 40 appropriate for a current day layout.
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2020, 07:29:39 PM »
You can find bull-head track at Birmingham New Street station, on the storage lines for certain and I think some of the platform lines.

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Re: Is FiNetrax code 40 appropriate for a current day layout.
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2020, 07:54:30 PM »
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The problem you have then is still the points really.
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Re: Is FiNetrax code 40 appropriate for a current day layout.
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2020, 08:10:47 PM »
Indeed! Must try building one of mine!

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Re: Is FiNetrax code 40 appropriate for a current day layout.
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2020, 09:48:58 PM »

Is there any alternative to Peco code 55?

Hi there,

Yes - but the fiNetrax F/B track....

Then  you have a choice

Wait until F/B points and crossings are done by Wayne

or

Work out how to build your own F/B points and crossings

Thanks
Phil H
Thanks
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Re: Is FiNetrax code 40 appropriate for a current day layout.
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2020, 10:02:21 PM »

Is there any alternative to Peco code 55?

Hi there,

Yes - but the fiNetrax F/B track....

Then  you have a choice

Wait until F/B points and crossings are done by Wayne

or

Work out how to build your own F/B points and crossings

Thanks
Phil H
or buy the ones Wayne released 4 months ago...  ;)
https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=3280.msg623408#msg623408

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Re: Is FiNetrax code 40 appropriate for a current day layout.
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2020, 10:15:59 PM »
Bring concrete bearer only makes them suitable for the last 20 years or so, however I know Wayne did ‘wooden’ bearer ones for people as part of the crowdfunding (i think just the concrete ones in black plastic), not sure if he’d do this regularly.

 

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