SOLUTIONS FOR A ONE-TRACK MIND
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