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Track FAQ

The following list of HOn30/HOe track manufactures was provided by the HOn30 Mail Car members. The information provided may not be correct.
If you have additional information, comments, etc please post them to the HOn30 Mail Car.

Thanks to Al for the update 16.nov.2010

  • Manufacturer: Roco
  • Code: 80
  • Switches numbers:  #4 (in U.S. sold only in R/L pairs, either with or
    without motor) Frogs:  Metal Points:  not sprung Flex Track:  Yes, 1 meter
  • Special Track:  Also has a line of HOn30 “temporary” track–from picture,
    looks like ties are more irregularly spaced;  sectional track also
    available but hard to get in U.S.
  • Other Info (ties, quality, experiences,
    wiring…):  Line carried by Walthers.  Ties are HO size but
    proportioned to narrow gauge.  Track is based on European prototype;
    may or may not be close to U.S. practice.  Some list members have said
    that the frog needs to be shimed but I haven’t found the need to do so
    (so far!)–see the archives for details.
  • Manufacturer:  Pilz does HO/HOe dual gauge and turnouts
  • Code:
  • Switch numbers:
  • Frogs:
  • Points:
  • Flex Track:
  • Special Track: does HO/HOe dual gauge and turnouts
  • Manufacturer:  Bemo
  • Code:   80 (2mm)
  • Switches numbers:  4 (12 degree) & 6 (9.5 degree)
  • Frogs:   Metal
  • Points (sprung):   Not sprung
  • Flex Track:        ??
  • Special Track:
  • Other Info:
  • Manufacturer: Peco HOe/009 “Crazy track”
  • Code: 80
  • Switches numbers: Do not use numbers in the UK, but switches are 12″ radius, 18″ for the wye
  • Frogs: metal, with tiny plastic between frog rails, Live frog wiring
  • Points: Sprung, uses over centre spring
  • Flex Track (yes/no size): Yes in 36″ lengths
  • Special Track :  None, but offers normal & wye switches
  • Other Info:  Quality very good, Ties scaled for 009/HOe spacing at 10mm,
    length 18mm, wood grained finish.  The ties are “randomly” placed at
    angles to the track) not very obvious) and the ends of the ties are not
    square, but finished roughly. The intention is to give the look of well
    worn, and unkempt track.
  • Varying experiences of the switches, some of my stock runs OK,
    some runs through some of the switches but not all! Some will not run
    through any of the switches.
  • The switches are designed to be curved “through the frog”. That is the
    turnout rail is curved (12″ radius) beyond the frog, whereas in other
    switches it is (should be?) straight. Great care is needed to get good
    running through crossovers.
  • Overall Peco 009/HOe trackwork is extensively used and good value for
    money. I personally do not use it anymore, preferring to scratchbuild
    my track, reasons :-

    1. The code 75 is overscale
    2. The radius of 12″ is too tight for my stock
    3. The ‘crazy” appearance of the track is not suited to my more “mainline” model.
    4. Cannot achieve fault free running on all stock on all pointwork (switches).
  • Manufacturer: Peco HOe/009 “Mainline Track”
  • Code: 80
  • Switches numbers: The turnout has a nominal radius of 457mm (18 inches), and frog angle of 14 degrees.
  • Frogs:  metal, with tiny plastic between frog rails, Live frog wiring
  • Points:  Sprung, uses over centre spring
  • Flex Track (yes/no size): Yes in 36″ lengths
  • Special Track : None, but offers normal & wye switches
  • Other Info:  Quality very good, Ties scaled for 009/HOe spacing at 10mm,
    length 18mm, wood grained finish.  Now modelers have a suitable turnout with which to model most typical narrow gauge railways with more robust mainline standards. The turnout includes all the usual features that modelers expect of PECO turnouts:

    • Nickel silver rail parts
    • Finely detailed insert molding of the separate rail parts within the turnout base
    • Positive-action over-centre spring
  • Manufacturer:       Micro Engineering        DISCONTINUED
  • Code:  55
  • Switches numbers:  None
  • Frogs:
  • Points (sprung):
  • Flex Track:        Yes (3 foot lengths)
  • Special Track:
  • Other Info: Also sold under the brand name Rail Craft
  • Manufacturer:       Micro Engineering        DISCONTINUED
  • Code: 70
  • Switches numbers:  None
  • Frogs:
  • Points (sprung):
  • Flex Track:        Yes (3 foot lengths)
  • Special Track:
  • Other Info:
  • Manufacturer: BK Enterprises
  • Code: 55
  • Switches numbers:  #4, #6, & #8 (Kits)
  • Frogs: Metal
  • Points: Not Sprung
  • Flex Track:
  • Special Track:
  • Other Info:
    BK makes N scale switch kits.  The kits can then be installed on
    HOn30/HOe ties for use on a HOn30/HOe layout.
  • Manufacturer: Railway Engineering
  • WWW Address: http://www.railwayeng.com/
  • Code: 55
  • Switches numbers:  #6 & #8, Wye, Curved #8, Stub Wye, Stub #6 (Kits)
  • Frogs: Metal
  • Points: Not Sprung
  • Flex Track:
  • Special Track:
  • Other Info: Railway Engineering makes N scale switch kits.  The kits can then be
    installed on HOn30/HOe ties for use on a HOn30/HOe layout.  If
    requested, Railway Engineering will cut the PCB ties to your
    dimensions, so true 2-foot ties can used.  Railway Engineering also
    sells track gauges.
  • The “Hints Techniques and Answers” page at Railway Engineering WWW
    site is suggested reading.  The page acknowledges some of the problems
    with track and wheel standards.

****** N Scale track which could be used ******

  • Manufacturer: Atlas
  • Code: 80
  • Switches numbers:  6
  • Frogs: Plastic
  • Points (sprung):   Not sprung
  • Flex Track: yes
  • Special Track: crossings, sectional, ….
  • Other Info: The ties are sized and spaced for N-scale.
  • Manufacturer: Atlas
  • Code: 55
  • Switches numbers:  4,6
  • Frogs: Plastic
  • Points (sprung):  Not sprung
  • Flex Track: yes
  • Special Track: crossings, sectional, ….
  • Other Info: The ties are sized and spaced for N-scale.
  • Manufacturer: Peco
  • Code: 80
  • Switches numbers:  ??
  • Frogs: Plastic
  • Points (sprung):   Sprung
  • Flex Track: Yes
  • Special Track:     ….
  • Other Info: The ties are sized and spaced for N-scale.
  • Manufacturer: Peco
  • Code: 55, actually 80 with 2 flanges.
  • Switches numbers:  ??
  • Frogs: Plastic
  • Points (sprung): Sprung
  • Flex Track: Yes
  • Special Track:     ….
  • Other Info:        The ties are sized and spaced for N-scale.
    The rail looks like code 55 on top of the ties, but is
    actually code 75 with 2 flanges.  about 1/3 of the rail
    is buried in the ties.  This makes the track very
    durable.  However, converting the track to HO scale
    ties is probably not practical.  No way to bury the
    rail below the ties.

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