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Considering Code 75 Switch how much pain?

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For my first layout in too many years skimpy blog

I had decided to keep it simple with Code 100 peco electrofrog (my last layout circa 1974 had electrofrog farish points - they made OO then - , so I couldn't thing of going back to insulfrog), I have read here and elsewhere of the problems people perceive with peco in general and code 100 in particular but thought it would be simple.

I liked the idea of slow acting point motors though and have bought a job lot of tortoises, hoping to rid myself of huge electical loads from the solenoids as well as the much better looking movement.

But I have only just dropped in that code 100 electrofrog and tortoise dont go too brilliantly - I can't use the internal switching without physically cutting the rails it seems - and confirmed from reading various threads on here. I am not keen on cutting up the brand new points - I'll probably mess it up. But the code 75 come with a built in facility to prevent the need for rail cutting.

So *finally* getting to the point if I use a selection of new (in the last year) hornby, bachmann, heljan stock on code 75 will I need to go through all sorts of rewheeling pain and fettling, or will it work fine.

Thanks in advance - sorry if this has been done to death, nothing much came up on searching for code 75
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I found with many of the new Hornby Gresley coaches, Pullmans, Staniers and Bachmann Mk1's derailments were quite common on my code 75 layout. This didn't happen with my US stock so I decided to get a back to back guage and compare it with my NMRA standards guage. I found the that by adjusting the wheel back to back the same as I would for US stock and the derailments disappeared. I still get the odd one but it's a piece of track I know I've laid badly.


QUOTE (theakerr @ 9 Jun 2007, 10:16) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I run a mixture of stock but all with upgraded metal wheels and used to get lots of derailments at both code 100 diamond crossing and double slips. By changing to code 100 i have elinated this problem. If I was starting again I would go code 75 all the way
I don't have my NMRA standards book with with but if you go to

you should find what you are looking for.


QUOTE (alastairq @ 11 Jun 2007, 04:07) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>which is likely why I have achieved some indifferent results, running-wise, over the years, re-cycling old peco points where I thought it 'didn't matter?'

does anyone know if the peco code 83 points [for the US market] have different dimensions at the crossings?
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