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    Has anyone else noticed that atlas has gotten rid of the 25 count of flex track? Plus is there a shortage now? I'm using atlas code 80 with my peco turnouts

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    If you need code 80, buy this, still on stock. They close the China factory and look for relocation. Still have here, even if is not 20 pcs pack.
    https://www.modeltrainstuff.com/atla...black-ties-10/

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    Paul Graf from Atlas posted this on TRW last week -

    "I just got back from visiting all of our suppliers in China.

    The track factory is a bit behind and we beat on them pretty good. We should be seeing shipments at 30 day intervals for the next few months as they ramp back up from the Chinese New Year break. The factory has not moved onto producing lines other than model railroading, but the closure of one of the larger factories last year has dispersed production to many of the other factories and the related movement of tooling and getting it running at the new factories has slowed everything down.

    We are also sourcing secondary suppliers for some of the more common items.

    It was so much easier when all of our stuff was in one factory, but that also created a risk with that factory."

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    I just wait for my 60 pcs Code 55 7#turnouts

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    This is why I'm going Peco for the basement layout I'm starting this summer. Brexit worries me less than on going supply issues from China.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    Paul Graf from Atlas posted this on TRW last week -

    "I just got back from visiting all of our suppliers in China.

    The track factory is a bit behind and we beat on them pretty good. We should be seeing shipments at 30 day intervals for the next few months as they ramp back up from the Chinese New Year break. The factory has not moved onto producing lines other than model railroading, but the closure of one of the larger factories last year has dispersed production to many of the other factories and the related movement of tooling and getting it running at the new factories has slowed everything down.

    We are also sourcing secondary suppliers for some of the more common items.

    It was so much easier when all of our stuff was in one factory, but that also created a risk with that factory."

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    things I dunna wanna do:
    find nickel-silver wire or strips and roll it into code 40-45 rail

    hand lay track.

    If I can't find it... I will.

    not looking forward to cutting all that PCB into ties however.

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    Thanks everyone for the replies. I figured as much about the factory being closed up. Prices are going to go up if you need it now. I'm just gonna buy what I can now and sit on it like I have for almost all of my model train stuff. Can never have too much. Better to have that than not enough and need it later...

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    Funny, there was never, ever a shortage, oh say, back in the sixties/seventies/eighties.



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    Look like all the factory in China, want big and fast money. Why to inject Atlas track, sold by 4$ for 2ft, when you can inject Samsung o I phone plastics and to get back 100$ . And the demand for this gadgets is in continuous growth. in sixties, eighties, was nothing from this gadgets. Today even children forget to play and talk, they stay in the same room, but they communicate on Face-book, Tweeter, Whats-Ap

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    ErieL47: I have new/unused surplus code 80 Atlas Flex, if interested, PM me.
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    There's always Micro-Engineering track in code 55 and code 70 with turnouts, but we're limited to no. 6s.

    Another alternative is Fast-Tracks. A bit pricey up front for jigs, but material shortages are practically nil. However, we sacrifice detailed appearance for the advantages of long-term affordability and a wider array of switch geometries.

    In short, there is no ideal solution to this dilemma if you, like me, want to have trackwork that has more realistic rail size, tie size and spacing, and the means to replicate or at least approximate prototypical spiral easements.

    I'm thinking I'd rather handlay track than be at the mercy of any vendors' seemingly chronic woes with factories in China. Peco code 55 would be a Hail Mary play.

    Wow, wasn't I helpful? ...

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    yeah it is helpful.
    If there is anything n-scale track manufacturers should want to avoid...
    that would be allowing the consumers to discover how easy 'tis to hand lay track.

    it is boring once you discover the rules.
    turnouts are more fuss and again they follow the above rules.

    doing a lot is tedious, no doubt.
    like hand sewing it is time consuming also.

    with my want of code 55 and code 40, I have always planned to make turnouts...

    .... with 3d printing getting more common, I can see an easy solution.

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    Up in Westminster, CO today (north side of Denver) hanging out while my daughter's and friends were at the water park. Regardless of why I was up there, I did a quick run through Hobbytown to kill some time - some in the midwest my recognize it. Not usually a train store, but more known for RC. I noticed a box of about 30 - 50 pieces of Atlas code 55 track going for $.99 per flex. For anyone looking for Atlas 55 Flex, I thought I would pass this along.

    Here is the link to the store.

    https://www.hobbytown.com/westminster-co/l92

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave68124 View Post
    Up in Westminster, CO today (north side of Denver) hanging out while my daughter's and friends were at the water park. Regardless of why I was up there, I did a quick run through Hobbytown to kill some time - some in the midwest my recognize it. Not usually a train store, but more known for RC. I noticed a box of about 30 - 50 pieces of Atlas code 55 track going for $.99 per flex. For anyone looking for Atlas 55 Flex, I thought I would pass this along.

    Here is the link to the store.

    https://www.hobbytown.com/westminster-co/l92

    Jeez, that is an absolute STEAL, these days.

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    I think I may stop at the local Hobbytown after work here to be sure its not all stores.

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