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Single slip. Finescale only?
« on: September 05, 2012, 10:26:47 AM »
I've been considering using a single slip as a crossing on my new (as yet un-named) layout to allow both tracks on the main line to run into the engine shed line.

When I went online to look at Peco track though, it looks like they only do single slips in code 55 and so far my planned track is code 80 for simplicity. I know you can connect both together but I've heard older rolling stock can have problems on code 55. Is it a huge issue or would a suitably low speed limit over the slip solve it?

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Re: Single slip. Finescale only?
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2012, 10:30:23 AM »
I've been considering using a single slip as a crossing on my new (as yet un-named) layout to allow both tracks on the main line to run into the engine shed line.

When I went online to look at Peco track though, it looks like they only do single slips in code 55 and so far my planned track is code 80 for simplicity. I know you can connect both together but I've heard older rolling stock can have problems on code 55. Is it a huge issue or would a suitably low speed limit over the slip solve it?

Hi

All my old stock some of which dates from 1987 works fine and at any speed on my layout which is exclusively code 55.

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Re: Single slip. Finescale only?
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2012, 10:41:18 AM »
I've been considering using a single slip as a crossing on my new (as yet un-named) layout to allow both tracks on the main line to run into the engine shed line.

When I went online to look at Peco track though, it looks like they only do single slips in code 55 and so far my planned track is code 80 for simplicity. I know you can connect both together but I've heard older rolling stock can have problems on code 55. Is it a huge issue or would a suitably low speed limit over the slip solve it?

Yes the Slips (and also Scissors and 3-way points) are only available in Code 55.

I don't see how code 80 is 'simpler' in any way though? Code 55 is laid and wired in exactly the same way as Code 80 (electrofrog points).

The only stock that ever has issues is very old with very large flanges (Lima N is probably the worst). I'd say it is far better to change a few wheelsets than compromise the layout by not using specialised pointwork where apropriate... Code 55 also has the advantage of being more robust due to the way it is constructed with the rail part buried in the sleepers.

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Re: Single slip. Finescale only?
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2012, 11:03:07 AM »
Good news all round then :) I was planning on picking up the slip at TINGS along with some left hand points (for some reason I mostly seem to have spare right hand ones) so I might get those as code 55 too and possibly some code 55 flexitrack so I can make the lines at the front of the layout code 55 so it'll look better.

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Re: Single slip. Finescale only?
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2012, 01:12:23 PM »
just to confirm it for you i am all code 55 and never had any problems with old stock however its always worth checking your back to backs if you do have any derailments

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Re: Single slip. Finescale only?
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2012, 02:19:15 PM »
Peco code 55 is cunningly designed so it handles old wheels (unlike most other code 55 types). That has some minor visual tradeoffs eg on the points but it really does 'just work'
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Re: Single slip. Finescale only?
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2012, 03:57:32 PM »
It is probably worth mentioning that mixing code 55 and code 80 isn't quite as simple as it looks.  It does work, but there are subtle differences in track height and rail profile, not to mention point geometry.  Since a slip is unlikely to be used by itself, that could be an issue.  it is easiest to go all one way or the other, or at least do the scenic section in 55 and storage loops in 80 (though there's not much reason to do that any more since the code 55 small points are more compact than any of the non-settrack code 80 stuff).

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Re: Single slip. Finescale only?
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2012, 05:14:11 PM »
The other thing to consider is the geometry of the points. Code 80 is different from Code 55. You'll need to use Code 55 points to lead into your slips, whether it be a double or a single slip.
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