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, "Bruce" <bpoi2004@...> wrote:
> I just joined this group and wanted to say hello and ask a question.
> ... My question is this: I think the ME generally looks better, and
> the code 55 much better than the code 70. But all the easily
> available turnouts seem to be code 70. Is it possible to use code
> 70 turnouts with code 55 flextrack?
It is possible with a bit of work. If you have LOTS of turnouts, though, it quickly becomes a pain in the [anatomical reference]. I, personally, chose to go with all code 70 Shinohara track and track components. I suppose that what code track you use will depend on what kind of model railroading you wish to do (museum quality display models, highly detailed and delicate models that are run infrequently, less delicate models operated often, ...). I like to operate my equipment and have guys over for operating sessions, so I want reliably operating track, switches, cars, and engines; I am not as excited about superdetailing if that gets in the way of operating. Your own desires and goals need to determine what track you use and how you use it.
> What adjustments need to be made? Shims under the flextrack into
> the turnouts?
More than just shims (unless you want a bit of a grade at every turnout). You would need to build the roadbed so that it is slightly higher under the small code track, and not so high under the larger code turnouts (also depending on the tie thicknesses). You could do this by shimming the entire length of each code 55 track, or by cutting away 0.015" under each turnout. Failure to do something like this will give your trackwork a roller-coaster look. That is why I got rid of some code 55 track I was going to use and switched to all code 70 trackwork.
> Is it better to just use code 70 flextrack all over if I want to
> use easily available and easy to use, DCC-friendly turnouts?
That is my take on it.
By the way "DCC-friendly" is a buzz word that I have not found useful. All my turnouts are unmodified Shinohara turnouts (HO, HOn3, and dual gauge) and I have not had problems with them on an all DCC layout. I have seen some problems on some 3-way switches and double crossovers, but not on any of the #4, #6, and #8 switches on both the narrow gauge and standard gauge portions of my layout.