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ShareThisI thought to put code 70 track in my yard and sidings and 83 on the mainline.
FastTracks might be your answer though - if you are planing on making a lot of these turnouts, each one lowers the price per turnout with a FastTracks jig.
Whenever the question comes up like this - which is best to use, code 83, or mix code 83 and code 70 track, I always like to remind people of rule #1. In other words, if you prefer to use code 83 track everywhere for cost-saving reasons, there's nothing wrong with that approach. If you want more accurate prototype fidelity, using lighter rail (code 70 instead of code 83) in HO for sidings and spurs more closely mirrors what the prototype does. I like to photograph my layout a lot from a railfan's viewpoint down next to the track, and when you do that the difference between code 83 and code 70 is very apparent. However, from a typical adult viewing distance away from a layout (as when running trains), I can barely tell the difference between code 83 and code 70 track.
So it comes down to how you intend to view the layout and how much precise prototype accuracy matters to you.
I will say this - Atlas code 100 track, while very inexpensive, has spikeheads the size of scale cantalopes. If you do elect to go with different rail sizes, Atlas' code 100 to code 83 transition rail joiner can actually be easily adapted to join other rail sizes as well. I illustrate step-by-step how to use these transition rail joiners in the second DVD of my model-railroading how-to series. Here's one place where you can buy these guys online (the picture of the joiners is not very accurate, however). I just received a bunch of new Atlas code 83 flex to use in my now under construction peninsula staging area.
N_Scale isn't in the Stone Age any longer snce you can do almost anything in it that you can do in any other scale.
I have a friend who had a lot of code 100 track already when he decided to purchase code 83 track. I know its different sizes then what you are talking about, and slightly off-topic, but the same idea can apply.
I am in N scale and have bought some code 40 rail to practice with before starting my next layout so I can see if I like how it looks and performs vs. International Shipping - items may be subject to customs processing depending on the item's declared value.
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Estimated delivery dates - opens in a new window or tab include seller's handling time, origin ZIP Code, destination ZIP Code and time of acceptance and will depend on shipping service selected and receipt of cleared payment - opens in a new window or tab. This item will be shipped through the Global Shipping Program and includes international tracking. Will usually ship within 1 business day of receiving cleared payment - opens in a new window or tab. All trademarks and copyrighted material within these web pages, remain the property of their respective holders. Peco's Code 70 Steamline is nice track that curves easily and looks much neater than its Code 100 predecessor. Click here for the next job which is to fit switches that to operate the copper-clad points and switch the polarity of the point frogs.
Got these to go with some Peco turnouts but didn't use them as they look oversized compared to Micro-Engineering rail joiners. And it does complicate things when it comes to joining the two track sizes (but not THAT much, more about that in a moment).
Nicely ballasted and weathered code 83 track everywhere will look just fine if what you mostly ever do is view the layout in a normal standing position.
Also there's the very valid question of saving money with cheaper track like Atlas versus more expensive MicroEngineering track. From normal standing distance viewing, nicely weathered and ballasted Atlas code 100 track looks passible, but if I get the least bit closer to the track than a standing distance (as when switching cars), those catalopes start to destroy the illusion for me pretty quickly. These handly little rail joiners also work very well to join code 83 to code 70, and they even will work with code 70 to code 55 transition joints.
I keep a good supply of these little guys in stock because they make joining two different sizes of rail so danged easy! Sound still nees lots of work but even that is possible today but it's going get better befor long. What he did is use the code 100 track on the lower deck and new code 83 track on the upper deck. If you already have some larger track, using it in places where the viewing angle will be more vertical will make it less noticeable. Contact the seller- opens in a new window or tab and request a shipping method to your location. DMW, the creator and maintainer of these web pages, assumes that all contributions are made free of charge. Upper Quadrant Corrugated 4mm signal transfers including LNE shunt, disc and spectacle plates!

However, as when Triang acquired Hornby Dublo all those years ago, there comes a time when you need to connect the old track to the new track.
Not exactly bank busting but you can achieve a similar result for the price of two fishplates. Ensure that the two pieces of track to be joined are cut neatly, with any rough edges filed off. Just quickly run the file over the inside of the rail and along the top to ensure a smooth transition. Insert any Code 70 sleepers required under the rails to create an even sleeper spacing without unsightly gaps. As this is in the storage sidings, the switches don't have to be concealed under the baseboards.
The Pecos will not declare themselves like fat blimps in photographs because they are neat, tidy and inconspicuous. You will be able to tell the difference in close up photos, but not from a distance when standing and viewing the layout. And of course those catalope spike heads look absolutely awful in railfan view photos of the layout. It's actually gotten fairly close to Micro Engineering spike size - it's still a little bigger (from quickly eyeballing it) but it actually looks pretty good. The major problem with sound in N-Scale locomotives is finding room for the speaker and its housing inside many of the locomotives that are on the market today, but as mniaturization progresses that should be less of a problem. When you are looking down on the track of the lower deck the large size is not at all apparent. One of the things I cam going to do is evaluate it at different heights to see how much of a difference it makes. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable. Johnsbury is going to be low enough and involve enough track that it may not be worth the effort of hand laying code 40 which is what I will probably have to do in order to safely use it with N wheel flanges.
But the cantalope or apple size spikes are gone on the new code 83 (no idea what the 100 looks like because I don't use that stuff).

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