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From OO to N
« on: February 29, 2020, 03:42:01 PM »
 :hellosign: Just moving from OO to N and know nothing about the subject so gonna need help, first Kato or Peco track but dont understand the V numbers for track sets ?
« Last Edit: February 29, 2020, 03:45:32 PM by ben39uk »

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Re: From OO to N
« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2020, 03:57:23 PM »
Welcome aboard Ben
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Re: From OO to N
« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2020, 04:06:23 PM »
first Kato or Peco track
Both have their fans but it really depends to a large extent on your needs and experience.
Kato - really good, robust, plug & play sectional track system. Built in ballast is very deep and considered by many to not be realistic

Peco (set-track) - again a sectional system. only one radius of point vs 4 from Kato, but it is compatable with and therefore an east stepping-stone to:

Peco (streamline) - a more realistic option - larger/longer points available and flexitrack allows near infinite formations to best represent a prototype. Also available as "code 55" which has the rail part buried in the sleeper base for a finer appearance.

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Re: From OO to N
« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2020, 05:00:55 PM »
If you want a fixed geometry track system then I would say Kato is the best bet.

If you want realistic curves and the Peco Code 55 Flex track (Code 55 uses Code 80 rail half buried in the sleeper webbing which gives a finer scale look and is stronger when bending to shape for curves)

If you fancy building your own track then British Finescale code 40 track, with      v------ e------r------y      long points is also available.

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Re: From OO to N
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2020, 08:54:11 PM »
(Code 55 uses Code 80 rail half buried in the sleeper webbing

According to Peco the two rails are different profiles (see attached)

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Re: From OO to N
« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2020, 08:54:42 PM »
 :hellosign: :welcomesign:

As to track choice I Have used booth Peco code 55 and Kato I like both for different reasons Kato because it is plug and play simple, Peco for the wide choice of points/switches and crossings etc.

Kato can be made to look less toy like:-



Peco has a wide choice of formations:-



Kato Track set V numbers have no particular meaning they are just titles but this might help understand what is available https://www.traintrax.co.uk/unitrack-gauge-unitrack-track-sets-c-28_1.html
« Last Edit: March 01, 2020, 12:52:29 AM by Ditape »
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Re: From OO to N
« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2020, 11:05:35 PM »
G'day from Australia, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

My layout is all Peco code 80, cos it's so old. But it's still functioning 33 years later, so I guess that's saying something about Peco!
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Re: From OO to N
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2020, 09:02:32 AM »
(Code 55 uses Code 80 rail half buried in the sleeper webbing

According to Peco the two rails are different profiles (see attached)

Yes, theyíre very slightly different, itís technically code 82 or something, but I the point still stands - itís a coarser rail section buried in the sleepers.

Iíve got a few bits of Kato track for playing around with my son, and the points are utterly woeful. Iíve got 4 pairs, and every single one causes derailments, the blades donít sit flush so you have to dismantle them and relocate springs all the time. People also report problems with stock traversing them (outside of general poor design). They alone would stop me ever using Kato track on any permanent layout.

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Re: From OO to N
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2020, 09:57:38 AM »
Welcome  :bounce:

Another thing to remember is that similar to their 00 cousins, a lot of N gauge locos do not like tight radius points and track so try to avoid these if you can.

Radius 2 (Peco) should probably be the minimum but radius 1 is sold in starter track sets and causes problems with long wheel base locos. Dapol have started to mark minimum radii on their loco boxes but Farish only mention them in their instructions inside the box.

Iím not sure about Kato track but others will be able to advise.

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Re: From OO to N
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2020, 11:53:14 AM »
Hi and welcome to the forum. There are as many 'likers' as 'dislikers' of both Kato and Peco track, for many reasons.  My current layout. 'Averingcliffe', is about 12' x 4' and is all Kato. Like Di, I think it can be made to look quite realistic and, with the help of a fine tooth saw, pieces can be made to be a bit flexible.
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Re: From OO to N
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2020, 12:15:35 PM »
Welcome - if you're a ham fisted oaf like me then flexitrack might be best avoided - i've lost count of the number of pieces I've mangled

That being said it becomes a good source for scrap rails and sleepers in the yard  :smiley-laughing:
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Re: From OO to N
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2020, 12:18:00 PM »
Welcome,

N is the best gauge.

I have nothing more to add! :D
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Re: From OO to N
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2020, 10:36:29 AM »
Thanks guys for all the info very helpfull to me , when building oo gauge I always used Peco never had a problem except class 66 didn't like some curves plus I find Peco more affordable on my pension . Thanks again guys

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Re: From OO to N
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2020, 04:51:46 PM »
Welcome to the forum.  A wise decision to come to N gauge!  ;)

 

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