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How to select a track system?

These days we have a lot of choice, that's the good news! Most major brands offer their own track system and they vary a lot. Below you find some details about the track system we regularly carry in stock. Ask us to show you samples to compare and find your preferred option.

Each track system is generally denominated by a 'Code xx', which is the height of the rail measured in 1000th of an inch, so Code 100 refers to rail .100" or 2.5mm in height, Code 83 refers to rail .083" or 2.1mm high and so on. A smaller value indicating a finer, more realistic rail. The only limit is the depth of the flanges of the wheels you use, such that they don't 'run on the sleepers'.

The most common track systems used over the last 20-30 years are Code 100 (i.e. Hornby, Lima, Peco) but these days there is a tendency to use finer, more realistic track. Early prototype railways used very lightweight rail, which are represented by very fine rail (i.e. code 55 in HO), but modern mainline track uses much heavier rail, which is similar to Code 83 rail (HO) or Code 55 in N Scale.

We recommend to use 'Set Track' (rigid track pieces to a given geometry) for all smaller layouts and where even radius curves are required (i.e. helix), use Flex Track on permanent layouts only and avoid joining in tighter curves.