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    Default Best Rail Joiner for Atlas Code 80?

    The Atlas joiners are massive and don't seem to stay tight. I was wondering if Peco or Atlas code 55 would be better. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich p View Post
    The Atlas joiners are massive and don't seem to stay tight. I was wondering if Peco or Atlas code 55 would be better. Thanks.
    You'll have great difficulty leading to sheer exasperation trying to fit code 55 rail joiners onto code 80 rail. Think Cinderella's slipper and the ugly step-sister.

    Peco's should work but may need a little patience, as well as dressing the end of the rail to remove any burrs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich p View Post
    ... and don't seem to stay tight.
    Is there a reason you're not soldering your joints, or at least some/most of the them?

    For a temporary setup, I can understand no-solder. But, a more permanent layout should be mostly soldered. And for the ones that aren't, the install glue and/or track ballast should keep everything in place. What's the symptoms of the problem that you're up against?
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    I use Peco Code N Scale rail joiners on Code track and they work exceptionally well. They are a fairly tight fit though and I find I need to bevel the bottom plates of the rails to get them to go on a little easier.

    Quote Originally Posted by pbechard View Post
    But, a more permanent layout should be mostly soldered.
    I can't say that I agree with that statement, track not being "mostly" soldered together. The only joins I mandatorially solder are those that are on a curve, and the outside rail only, and my turnouts. Very few of my straight sections of track are soldered. Once the track has been ballasted, it is firmly in place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    I can't say that I agree with that statement, track not being "mostly" soldered together
    I knew that I'd generate some feedback with that statement and we've debated it so many times online. I would agree that your approach is perfectly fine - the straight track will have no bending pressure on the joiners and will remain in place without issue.

    The real secret is NOT relying on the unsoldered joiners to carry the electrical current between sections of rail. I've learned that mistake the hard way - a joiner-only connection worked fine for years, only to finally fail as a bit of oxidation or grime built up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbechard View Post
    The real secret is NOT relying on the unsoldered joiners to carry the electrical current between sections of rail. I've learned that mistake the hard way - a joiner-only connection worked fine for years, only to finally fail as a bit of oxidation or grime built up
    I won't even rely on soldered rail joiners to carry current. I have learned not to trust the little buggers, even though I am quite proficient at soldering.

    Every rail on my layout gets a feeder, whether it wants one or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    I won't even rely on soldered rail joiners to carry current. I have learned not to trust the little buggers, even though I am quite proficient at soldering.

    Every rail on my layout gets a feeder, whether it wants one or not.
    I'm with Paul on this one, which is the nice thing about Atlas or Peco flex (and extra 6" with Peco) you can solder a feeder for every rail and not get sick of soldering as badly as you do with sectional track (been there and done that too).

    As for rail joiners, I have had good success with Peco C80 joiners on Atlas, fact is I like them better, but you do need patience as Paul also said.

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