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    I know this has been discussed before, but I haven't seen anything recently.............Any word on the code 55 switches from Atlas? We moved into a new house almost 3 years ago, and I started planning a layout over 2 years ago. I started buying track at the same time and then the supply of switches dried up. My layout is on permanent hold waiting for switches. I've thought about abandoning the code 55 and going back to code 80, especially since Atlas announced the #8 switches, but I have quite a bit of code 55 sitting here......just not enough to finish the mainline. Should I give up and go back to code 80 ? I keep thinking that after almost 2 years there has to be a horrible backlog of people wanting the switches and they'll be out-of-stock the minute they do show up (if ever) and it will be another 2 years till they show up again. I know there were some issues with manufacturers, but the code 80 seems to still be showing up.

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    I just looked on their site. They have #10’s and Wye’s in stock but everything else is still showing backordered.

    https://shop.atlasrr.com/c-718-n64.aspx

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    The Atlas shipping schedule claims that the track items announced in 2017 will ship this quarter (of which there are like 2 weeks left, so they better hurry).

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    Ah, remember the good old days when you could always go down to the old hobby shop and you knew track would ALWAYS be there. It was like a commodity. A constant.



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    My local hobby shop refused to carry any C55 products as they declared the track a "niche fad" that no one will buy because it was unreliable.

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    There seems to be an eBay seller in Canada with a small supply of #5 L and R, some #7s and #10s, and curved...

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    Quote Originally Posted by baronjutter View Post
    My local hobby shop refused to carry any C55 products as they declared the track a "niche fad" that no one will buy because it was unreliable.
    Amazing. Well, N scale as a whole was looked on like that at one time.
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    Biggest issue is now C55 is known to be hard to get. So when its in stock there are many people stocking up. I bet 3/4 of the C55 sold is still in its original package sitting in modelers basements waiting for the day they start a layout.
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    I fall into that category...…….my stuff is still in the original packaging. I almost have enough to do the mainline, but nothing for sidings,yards,ect. I also need another box (100) of flex......at least that is available, but I hesitate to spend $400 for another box if I'm not going to be able to get any more switches. The frustrating thing is there seems to be a steady supply of code 80. Are they sourced from different manufacturers?

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    Modeltrainstuff is showing #5s and #10s in stock this morning (both RH and LH), though they seem to be out of 7s.

    Fifer is showing a handful of everything but LH #7s in stock.

    So I'm guessing everybody needs #7s. @MRLdave would it be possible to use a few #5s instead of #7s? It might be a compromise, but if you're thinking of switching to code 80, it seems to be an alternative.

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    I am not sure of the source of the two codes, I would imagine its from the same place. Likely the C80 just does not sell as well as the C55 and thats why it always seems to be in stock.

    What really is frustrating is how it seems communication is lacking from Atlas when it comes to track.


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    I could probably get away with #5s in my yards, but from past experience I don't want them on the mainlines except for a few where there is a siding off the main, and even there I tried to use #7s. I tried really hard to only use #10s on my mainline. I'm not locked in to Atlas, but Peco isn't true code 55, and nothing else is any more available than Atlas. I was on Model Train Stuffs just a couple of days ago and they only had #10s, so maybe it's starting to show up.

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    I would only use the 5's in the yards and 7's on the main line.
    Another option would be to make your own or find some one who would build them for you at a cost.
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    Not a fan of the Atlas Code 55 #5's. I will not be using them again in the future. The #7, #10 and curved turnouts have all worked well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digitallagasse View Post
    Not a fan of the Atlas Code 55 #5's. I will not be using them again in the future. The #7, #10 and curved turnouts have all worked well for me.
    Agreed. I had lots of issues with the 5s. Even in low speed yard operations. I only use 7s and 10s now.

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    Now that we're all looking for Code 55 turnouts - anyone got a lead on ME Code 55 #6s? They seem to be mostly out of stock as well...

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    Paul Graff posted this on railwire today about the code 55 turnouts

    "A container arrived today with these, so we should be shipping to distributors later this week"
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    Nice!! Thanks for the post.

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