I have read quite a few times on this news group
that " it will only run on code 100".
Is it not true that code 83 actually will run deeper flanges
than code 100 because of the way the code 83 rails are
imbedded in the ties?
> Is it not true that code 83 actually will run deeper flanges
> than code 100 because of the way the code 83 rails are
> imbedded in the ties?
Mark Alan Miller
All of the Flex track on the T&SB is Atlas code 83. I've put down about
150' of it so far and have had no problems with it. Between turnouts, I
stagger all rail connections by about 2 or 3" for reliability and
smoothness. I cut the movable rail back about 2" and slide it off the tie
strip. Then, on the new track section, carefully pull the movable rail out
(2" again) to meet the cut piece and slide it on to the tie strip. As for
cutting the ends evenly, the only time I've had to do that is in laying
track up to a turnout.
Then I bring the track up to the turnout, GBY (gauge-by-eye) and snip it
with the rail cutters. A few swipes with a file and all is well.
As far as track detail goes, once the track is weathered and ballasted,
maybe 1 person out of 100 would be able to identify the brand. Same goes
for code 100 vs code 83. It's more of a "feeling" of size then an actual
eyeball measurement. I mean it's seven*** thousandths of an inch smaller.
Code 70 rail is noticeably smaller then code 100. The last time I hand laid
track, it was with code 70. It was fun, but time consuming. Steve Rothaug
10. Code 83 VS 100