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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronman View Post
    /raises hand and talks like he's in an AA meeting - "I'm Bronman, and I have a loop of Kato track too." /end AA-like confession...
    I don't have Unitrack but i'm a member of @Bronmans support team.

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    Metro -

    I'd be interested in seeing a pic of how you have the female end of that plug wired to the track if you happen to have one handy....

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sticky.widget View Post
    Metro -

    I'd be interested in seeing a pic of how you have the female end of that plug wired to the track if you happen to have one handy....

    Thanks!
    Pretty easy. I cut a slot in the side of the Unitrack with a drill bit and used the same wire (stereo speaker wire) to fit through the slot (secured with CA) and connect with the jack on one end and on the other end, I soldered the leads to the underside of the Unitrack in one pair of the little slots where the bottom of the rail is exposed. Voila!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sticky.widget View Post
    Metro -

    I'd be interested in seeing a pic of how you have the female end of that plug wired to the track if you happen to have one handy....

    Thanks!
    You can do something like this too.

    http://www.fiferhobby.com/how-to-mak...power-feeders/

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    Or buy them already done.
    23B86379-2191-4351-914C-8FB46A31E266.jpeg

    I have made and use the kind described in the Fifer video posted by @kingmeow but lately I’ve been using the already made up ones pictured above.
    I’m getting more lazy I guess.

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    Default Code 55 or code 80 - Which is preferred for 3 X 6 N scale stand alone layout?

    Designing 3 X 6 N scale layout. Can somebody explain to me the advantages and disadvantages of code 55 rail versus code 65 or code 80. The Atlas track catalog seems to favor code 55 rail as it offers the most track items like switches, turnouts,and different radii curves.

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    Advantages for Code 55:

    - looks more prototypical (not only because of the rail height, but also because of the tie spacing)
    - currently more selection when buying new, particularly if you are considering mixing multiple manufacturers (ME and Atlas)

    Advantages for Code 80:

    - (nearly) everything ever made runs on it without the need for low profile wheels - particularly interesting if you have equipment older than 10-15 years
    - supposedly more forgiving to errors in track bed preparation
    - more supply on the pre-owned market

    This is not meant to be a comprehensive list, so please extend with your opinions

    YMMV,
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    Foe ease of installation Kato track is great, but more costly.
    However I like and use Atlas Code 55 as it looks better and has more options however that is just me, others will have their own opinion.
    Boilerman

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    Quote Originally Posted by lreaves2 View Post
    Designing 3 X 6 N scale layout. Can somebody explain to me the advantages and disadvantages of code 55 rail versus code 65 or code 80. The Atlas track catalog seems to favor code 55 rail as it offers the most track items like switches, turnouts,and different radii curves.
    I went with real Code 55 (ME/Atlas, not Peco) because I was a convert from HO scale over a decade ago (Code 83 was the preferred more-realistic track option) and was waiting a long time for N scale to become a smaller version of HO. When I was younger, all N had was code 80 rail, rapido couplers and pizza cutter wheels. Yuck. But in the 2000s, things changed and I could finally replace most of what I had in HO with N scale.
    I wanted to to be as prototypical as my skills and budget would allow, so I decided to have Code 55 track and 18" radius curves (I do have code 40 track and smaller curves only on sidings though). It did take a long time for me to work on my trackwork, but it's pretty much bulletproof (no derailments outside of going on the wrong track in turnouts - that's only because those turnouts don't have a tortoise machine hooked up yet). But all that work pays off.

    Whatever you decide, don't pick Code 65. It's a proprietary system with extremely limited track options. At least with Code 55 or 80, you have more than one manufacturer making tracks.
    I have Code 55 Micro Engineering flex track (pre-weathered, concrete and wooden ties) and Atlas turnouts and certain sectional track.

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    I put out the Unitrack oval again last night. Also found another use for it - to run DC locomotives! An HO scaler friend gave me a box of his N stuff on indefinite loan and there's a few locos that don't have DCC, so I plugged in my old MRC Tech 3 pack and ran a Kato F40PH with a few Amfleets an then ran a Spectrum 4-8-2 Mountain and some old-timey cars in the roundy-round.

    I also did some speed matching on my DCC locos as well with the help of my Accutrack II Speedometer tunnel.

    My 3 year-old niece will be visiting in a couple weeks, and I've ordered a Tomix Thomas the Tank Engine (Thomas + 2 passenger cars) and hope to wow her on the Unitrack floor layout with that (and teach her how to control trains herself). She's seen trains run my layout before, but only as I'm carrying her, and she knows she's not allowed to touch it. But the Thomas train will be much more accessible, not to mention sturdy, for her.

    I think I need some straight track sections for my Unitrack roundy-round!

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    Never really like Kato unitrak, it always seemed to look too plastic for me. I have always gone with quality meaning Peco Code 80.
    Cheers Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    Never really like Kato unitrak, it always seemed to look too plastic for me. I have always gone with quality meaning Peco Code 80.
    Neither do I. For layout track, it's crap. But for laying out on the floor to speed match my DCC locos and run trains on DC power, it's awesome!

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    Point taken - it is, I would think robust, and ideal for taking up and relaying for a particular purpose. I didn't think of it that way.
    Cheers Tony

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    It's the "standard" for T-Trak folks. Bullet proof at train shows with tons of handling and bouncing around in the back of the car.

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    Oh I don't doubt that it can't be made to look less plastic; however, as has been pointed out, if you have to ballast it to make it look more realistic then your better of buying flex which is even more realistic and at a cheaper price.

    Don't get me wrong, after reading some of the comments Unitrak is certainly an option for some situations but I don't see the point in paying X amount of dollars just to cover it up. Just my thoughts.

    I guess I am just a "Flex Track Guy" after using it for so long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    Never really like Kato unitrak, it always seemed to look too plastic for me. I have always gone with quality meaning Peco Code 80.
    Not to offend you Tony , but Peco code 80 hardly looks better then Unitrak, if you want better looks there are only 2 options , Atlas C55 or ME
    As long as I can model in N-scale, I know I'm not old

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janbouli View Post
    Not to offend you Tony , but Peco code 80 hardly looks better then Unitrak, if you want better looks there are only 2 options , Atlas C55 or ME
    No offence taken, we all have our preferences.
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