2nd Oct 2019, 08:10 PM
Mixing Peco code 80 turnouts with atlas code 55 flex.
I am finishing up laying out all my track and have been running into the issue of Atlas code 55 switchs having issues. About 12 years ago I was giving a lot of atlas code 55 flex and a few turnouts. I bought a few more atlas code 55 turnouts and everything went into storage. What I am finding is out of my 6 #7 rights only 2 work, 2 out of 4 #10 lefts work, and 5 out of 8 #7 lefts work. With turnouts being so hard to come by from atlas I am looking to other ideas.
I have a lot of peco code 80 turnouts from my last layout that are in good wokring order. I am considering using these in place of the broken atlas code 55 turnouts.
What I am not sure on is if I should maybe use some atlas code 80 section tracks before and after each turnout to transition from code 55 to code 80 or if I should do it directly at the turnout. The other option is to convert the atlas code 55 into peco 55 and then go into the peco 80. Flastly I am unsure if it would be better to do the smash the rail joiners and solder methiod or grab a bunch of those ME transition joiners. Truth be told if I did not have all the code 55 flex I would have likly started from scratch and used all kato.
2nd Oct 2019, 09:15 PM