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I’m new to rail­way mod­el­ling and have just bought a Hornby train set. Trou­ble is, I’m al­ready bored with a simple oval and want to make

Peter says: ‘Yes’ and ‘no’! Hornby’s Code 100 track sys­tem is fully com­pat­i­ble with the ex­ten­sive Code 100 Stream­line and Se­track ranges from Peco, as well as Bachmann’s and Gauge­mas­ter’s GM97 flex­i­ble track. Peco’s Code 75 flat­bot­tom rail and Bull­head track can be con­nected with­out too much fuss. There’s an adapter avail­able for link­ing flat­bot­tom Code 75 to the Code 100 range.

There are many other 16.5mm gauge track sys­tems out there, in­clud­ing Bachmann EZ it big­ger. Are all ‘OO’ gauge track sys­tems com­pat­i­ble or should I stick ex­clu­sively to Hornby track?

Chris Daw­son, Ket­ter­ing

Track, Kato Uni­track, Märklin, Piko and Til­lig. None of these track sys­tems will work well with your Hornby track with­out some mess­ing around.

If the ge­om­e­try of the lay­out does not per­mit a spe­cific lay­out, be­spoke pieces can be formed by cut­ting pieces of ei­ther sec­tional or flex­i­ble track to fit. To cut track it is nec­es­sary to use a sharp, fine-toothed saw or a pair of rail cut­ters such as those man­u­fac­tured by Dc­c­concepts and Xuron.

The points and curves are sec­tional Code 100 track pieces. The browner track at the lower left is Peco flex­i­ble track and can be used with sec­tional track pieces. CHRIS NE­VARD

Check that all of the track con­nects eas­ily be­tween the pieces be­fore pushing home the track into fish­plates to pre­vent any dam­age oc­cur­ring. PETER MAR­RIOTT

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