There are two types of Atlas track in both Code 83 and Code 100. The Code refers to the height of the rail in thousandths of an inch, e.g, Code 100 is .100 inches high (NOT including the plastic ties); Code 83 is .083 inches high. For many years Code 100 was the most popular because some manufacturers of the wheels on locomotives and cars used flanges that were quite large. The only "problem" with Code 100 is that it scales to much heavier rails than the real railroads used (except possibly the Pennsylvania R.R.). Other than that, there is nothing wrong with using Code 100. Code 83, being shorter, still corresponds to heavy rail on the prototypes, but it is becoming more popular.Thanks M,
That is very helpful.
The atlas 83 track—is that something easy enough for me to assemble? Or will that require advanced knowledge and skill. (Please bear with me; I dont yet understand many of the terms most of you use)
Grateful for all the help
If you’re going to run them on the floor, you will want to use a unitized track w/ built-in roadbed(like Atlas True-Track or Bachmann EZ-Track. Using regular track on the floor(especially if you’re putting on carpet) likely will cause issues with dirt/carpet fibers getting caught by the motive/rolling stock.Thanks, once again, to Dennis and trailrider.
At this stage I am not thinking any benchwork. I simply want to create a (perhaps circular) track and let a train or two run.
Can I not lay the tracks on the floor and let trains run, and when done pack the tracks up and put them away? (Are the tracks conducive to such treatment?)
Given this is the objective for now, how much money do I really need? And, how much space do I need?
The tracks are more expensive aren't they? Do I still need them if I plan to have the tracks on hardwood floor and not carpet?If you’re going to run them on the floor, you will want to use a unitized track w/ built-in roadbed(like Atlas True-Track or Bachmann EZ-Track. Using regular track on the floor(especially if you’re putting on carpet) likely will cause issues with dirt/carpet fibers getting caught by the motive/rolling stock.
I have been warned to stay away from these. Aren't these expensive for what I will be getting?You can look at the Bachmann Train Sets, for example. They are complete beginner sets which include all you need to get started. I was 10-12 years old when I got my first train set. Outgrew it and built bigger over the years like most folks, but still have the original cars. You will spend around $150 minimum.
Yes they are. I was astounded at the cost. I have a simple test loop of Bachmann EZ track that I put out on the floor in this manner. By the way, although I have never used it personally, the Kato brand of the roadbed type track seems to be the best.The tracks are more expensive aren't they? Do I still need them if I plan to have the tracks on hardwood floor and not carpet?
Late to the party here. But do you have some sort of a preference on type of trains? I mean, do you want models of trains you see running on the rails today, or maybe trains that you saw as a kid, or something else?I am new to this hobby. I have decided on HO scale.
Where do I start? What do I need to buy to start with a good running train (or two) with good features like sound, light etc.
Thanks Iron Horseman. I'd prefer to be on the less expensive side of things.Late to the party here. But do you have some sort of a preference on type of trains? I mean, do you want models of trains you see running on the rails today, or maybe trains that you saw as a kid, or something else?
My first advice is to not be so worried about doing things "right" that you don't enjoy it. Never in the history of model railroading has something been put together that hasn't been changed, and then changed again, etc. Model railroads don't happen they evolved with the owners interests and experience.
As for cost, it can be as expensive or cheap as one wants to go. I just blew $600 for a single steam locomotive, while if one watches the sales one can find them for $100. Like this one - https://www.trainworld.com/manufact...omotive-dcc-sound-on-board-boston-maine-1360/ With the Bachmann brand one has to be a bit careful. They make some pretty good stuff (like this 2-6-0 as MHinLA said above), but they also make a lot of toy train low quality stuff.
There is lots of good information already in this thread. There is also never only one way to do something.
lots of places on-line. Did you click the blue link in the post? That was to Trainworld where I buy lots of stuff.Where do I look for these items? Where can I find these items at better prices?
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