Another big decision when designing and building a train layout is what track to use.
The choices are endless from manufacturers -Kato, Peco, Atlas, etc. to size -Code 80 or Code 55.
I considered this decision seriously.
My choice came down to Atlas Code 80.
I know, its big, Code 55 is more realistic, right. Ugly turnouts, too!
Well I considered all that. In realistic terms it always comes down to cost and availability. Code 80 can be bought anywhere and with the recent shortage of track in all scales, I was still able to find Code 80, and it is considerably cheaper than Code 55.
The same applies to the turnouts. I have been able to purchase working remote turnouts for as little as $5.00, compared to $25.00 or more from most hobby shops. That is a huge savings per turnout and with the number that I will need, it is a huge plus on that Happiness Meter!
Ultimately, I am the one that will be enjoying the layout and if someone wants to be critical, well that’s too bad for them.
I have used the following standards in designing the Trenton Subdivision:
- Minimum Radius -13.5 inches inside/15 inches outside
- Turnouts -#6
- Grade -3% -2% preferred
- Minimum Radius -12 inches
- Turnouts #4
- Grade -2%