Flex - Marklin or MT?
- I've decided to try and use most, if not all, flex-track in a small
layout. I've read good and bad points about both Marklin and Micro-
Trains track - what are your experiences with either or both? I'll
be making small curves (equivalent to Marklin 8510), and plan on
soldering the pieces together before making any bends.
I tried Peco and was disappointed in the results.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Flayrah" <flayrah@y...> wrote:
> I've read good and bad points about both Marklin and Micro-Have tried both Peco and MT track. Prefer MT. Never tried Marklin
> Trains track - what are your experiences with either or both?
other than turnouts, but MT track is compatible.
Retains shape away from the ends, really helps when soldering joints
on curves, ends try to spring straight just like any other flex track
where tie retention is reduced. If you end a flex track in a curve
where plastic insulated rail joiners (unsolderable) are used, you
might want to end the curve with a short piece of sectional track
instead soldered to the flex, or spike the rails (not the ties) of
the flex firmly and hide under ballast.
Close tie spacing, nice appearance.
Available only in short lengths 317.5mm (12.5"), so rail joints on a
180 degree curve cannot be avoided. MT has no plans to change
production length at this time. Maybe if they received more requests
Fragile; excessive force during install of joiners can make the rails
pop out of the ties. Don't bother trying to fit back in, start a new
piece. Best to start joiners on rails with the tracks lying on a
flat surface. (This is not really a fault of the MT track, more the
price we pay for realistic looking scale molded spikes).
>I've read good and bad points about both Marklin and Micro-I like them both.
>Trains track - what are your experiences with either or both?
I use MT for visible/mainline track and Peco for spurs and staging.
I like the longer length of the Peco, but prefer the bending qualities of
If I had to use only one it would be MT.