If you put a ruler to C100, the rail is just about 5/32" tall. Even if it depicts only 11", not 14", it's still 3"-5" overly tall...No way is C100 in HO..8.7". Code 83 is about that..Informing new comers of certain ancient or archaic aspects of the hobby they might not, typically aren't normally aware of, and may in fact be very happy to have been alerted to, is not 'misleading' them; no diff than explaining why/why not DC/DCC... One's old. One's new...I have told you before that code 100 scales out to 8.7". Please do not mislead newbies. Yes it is a bit oversize, but not as much as you represent.
If Atlas were to at least correct the code 100 ties to its scale size and color, as their code 83 is, perhaps I'd like it a bit more..But as it stands this stuff is a 70+ year old design from back when toy trains had overly deep flanges. (And there was a reason for that in the 1950s).
As calls by serious scale modelers for more in-scale flanges were finally being met by Athearn, Atlas, BMann and others, so did the call for more scale-height rail eventually get answered with the advent of code 83 (The sequence of events may be reversed but it still is to the same end).
Whatever positive or negative responses it may cause, this is my last post in this thread... Thanks, M
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