Z Track Standards & Prototype
Thanks for your insight into this question. I know I've come across the
"one is better than the other" argument (from an appearance /
prototypical point of view) several times and it has always surprised me
a bit as the appearance of real track varies so wildly. Your answer
helped as it seemed based on you actual practices rather than a
perceived "correct" prototypical standard.
- yeah =- toughie.
Marklin = Sectional = Toy (only my opinion)
Marklin Flex I have never used.
For a while it was "what I could get my hands on"....
Now that I know better where to find the stuff I use MT for mainline
because it has tie spacing similar to the American prototype Halwa
turnouts. Plus I really like the way it looks. And I keep believing that
MT will finally make some bloody turnouts to match. It is hard to ballast
because you can't find ballast small enough. Using Woodland Scenics fine
works pretty well.
I use Peco in the yards and sidings. Peco is easier to work with, for
sure. Plus the pieces are longer requiring fewer solder joints. It also
holds it's shape. After thinking it about it more....I would say that Peco
is best for the starter....
I plan to start experimenting with superelevation - but I really don't see
how one would be better than another in that situation.
Long Live Flex.
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Lately I've been looking more and more at real railroad track in my area
(Long Island, NY) and have pretty much come to the conclusion that if
there was a single standard the builders of these lines worked from, it
was followed very, very loosely. I'm speaking here about tie width and
spacing. When ideas like NMRA standards and prototypical track are
discussed, it seems like a tricky area to define as prototypical
appearance (at least in my area) depends on which town you happen to be
Since there are really three choices users have when it comes to Z scale
track... Marklin, Peco or Micro Trains, and it seems you could find real
railroad track that would match up reasonably well to any of the three,
is any one brand viewed more favorably then the other, and if so, why?
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