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Does anyone here have any experience with American HO scale Bachmann E-Z Track?

We go around to numerous exhibitions around the country normally demonstrating the UKTrainSim train simulation stuff - however we're adding a new facet to the stand talking about DCC this year for those shows that want it.

In order to demonstrate it we bring along a couple of loops of track (no room to carry a layout board!) - we've decided that the best way to do this is via the pluggable E-Z Track system since it provides a lot more form and structure (we used normal peco track the last time and it wasn't too great loosely laid on a bunch of uneven tables that we had been given).

We've got a couple of loops in various HO sets that we have anyway, however we'd like to demonstrate points as well - I see there are some points for E-Z Track and they come with motors, what I can't find anywhere is how these things are fitted?

Can someone with some experience give me an idea of how they are fitted? Are they fitted to the plastic or do they require a baseboard? Do they go under the baseboard and thus would need all the track on one to keep it level? Or do they actually fit under the track itself and essentially disappear flush to the bottom?

Any help most appreciated!

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Can't help with regards to the E-Z track but if no go with it have a close look at Fleischmann Profi Track - that will almost certainly meet your requirements - send me a PM if interested.

Think we met you at Colchester last year (Saint Laurent/Euroscalemodels)
 

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Or you could try the Kato HO unitrack which I think looks very good and is specially made for temorary layouts.
 

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I would like to tell you that Bachmann EZ Track is your answer, but from my experience with it, it doesn't stand up to well to constant assembly and disassembly. The plastic hooks on each end, which hold the track to each other often break off and the track is only then held together with the rail joiners. That is my main complaint about this track, I suggest you use some other manufacturers track system.
 

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If your looking for something similar the Trix C track system might be the go.

It says this in the promotional literature.

The most important characteristics modelnear detailing the C-track is a complete track with plastic ballast bed and full profiled rails made of german silver. To only 2.1 mm the high profile corresponds code to 83. It is equally suitable for vehicles with direct current wheel sets after NEM and RP 25. The free look through between rails foot and ballast bed, fine detailing and the low profiles without rail links provide for a outstanding optics, which convinces also fastidious professionals. Very easy up and dismantling the C-track-system are durable and step firmly. The mechanical and electrical connection technique lies invisibly in the track bed. Stable mechanical Click link protects the electrical connections. They are implemented double and provide for safe, low-loss contact.

C-tracks can be aimed without large plugged together, just as fast diminished. All the same whether flying structure, child-fair play area or large professional equipment construction - for all cases the Trix C-track is the ideal trace. All installations in the track bed except the connection technique are integrated in the track bed mounting plates and assembly places for cables, drives and other system blocks. Each track has at both ends prongs for the connection of current feeds and tax components. Thought out geometry with few parts optimized track geometry makes the otherwise usual balance pieces redundant. Also slim track branchings such as elbow switches do not require remachining at the track bed. Development step by step are supplied with to switches in series with hand operation. An electrical motor can in the track bed be included. Also switches lanterns can be re-tooled. Switch decoders are in preparation. In this way you can remove your plant gradually. Reliable in service and with these characteristics the Trix C track is suitable both for the spontaneous structure on the carpet and for the fastidious equipment construction. Its functional qualities make the track system reliable in service and flexible - ideal basis for conventional and digital plants. The further development, for example with slim switches and larger radii, is in preparation.
 

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QUOTE (Dennis David @ 25 Jan 2007, 06:31) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>For price go with Kato. I have used their N Scale version and it's the best out there. For this type of track.

Forgot about the Kato - excellent for N as the range is excellent but for HO it's very, very limited in range & not that easy to get hold of in the UK.

For ease of "obtainability" in the UK it's probably ;

Fleischmann Profi
Trix C
Kato
 

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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 25 Jan 2007, 04:08) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>If your looking for something similar the Trix C track system might be the go.

Memory must be going or something - forgot about this one too !

Good robust track & as well made as the Marklin equivelent.

Pity Marklin/Trix don't produce a switchable 2/3 rail version - now that would be useful !
 

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Personally I would go for the Fleischmann Profi as stated by dbclass50, it's easily available in the UK and actually looks good as well.

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QUOTE (Ozzie21 @ 25 Jan 2007, 11:51) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Try Tillig track. beautifull stuff. I tossing all my Peco code 75, about 400yds, in favour of this.
Ozzie21

Tillig is excellent track - but no good for tempory layouts that may very well suffer some abuse.
 

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Hi Folks,

Thanks for the replies, certainly very interesting.

Had a look at the Fleischmann Profi-track and it seems very nice, particularly with the embedded point motors. My only concern is that it still seems to be holding the track together just using the track joiners so not sure how this is going to cope with repeated assembly/disassembly, usage on an uneven surface (not wildly so but still not a nice flat base board) and so forth, so would welcome any thoughts on those topics.

The Trix-C looks nice too and seems to have quite substantial joints to hold the track together, but i'm not too sure about points and so forth, I couldn't really find much information about how they fit in etc. Point motors really have to be fitted to the track itself and shouldn't need a base board fitting to work properly if they're going to be of use to us. I did see a slow-motion motor (though that was a tad outside the price range we're looking for!) which seemed to just sit within the ballast height of the track, which is great, presumably it just clips there or could be fixed to it via other means.

Many thanks indeed for the assistance thus far, a number of ideas opened up and it definitely looks like there is a good solution out there for us, now to find it


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Hi Peter,

Already got one - and we have two other quite big loops of E-Z track with other sets such as the Bachmann HO Acela Express set. That's great, but we want to show points, which means point motors (we have DCC accessory decoders already) - and that means finding some way of fitting them together and so forth.

My son loves the Ernie set though, I just have to find a nice small screwdriver so I can get Circle chipped up to use on his main DCC layout hehe


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I use Fleischmann track but the question was finding track that could be set up quickly on a bare table or at most a mat and would stay together. Fleischmann would never stay together in this situation, that's why I reccomended the Kato Track. From what I understand this is a one time purchase. You can get this stuff on eBay every day of the week.
 

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QUOTE (Dennis David @ 26 Jan 2007, 11:25) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I use Fleischmann track but the question was finding track that could be set up quickly on a bare table or at most a mat and would stay together. Fleischmann would never stay together in this situation, that's why I reccomended the Kato Track. From what I understand this is a one time purchase. You can get this stuff on eBay every day of the week.


Not from eBay UK though ! - just done a "trawl" & not one single HO Kato Unitrack item.
 

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QUOTE (Matthew Peddlesden @ 26 Jan 2007, 17:43) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Just had a quick look and MGSharp seem to have a good stock of KATO Unitrack, assuming that's the stuff.

Matt.

That's the stuff - double check to see that it's OO/HO - most of the Unitrack you see in the UK is "N".
 

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HO electric turnout 2-860 £34.95 from MG Sharp, same HO electric turnout £22.08 from the Plaza Japan shop on Ebay.
 

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QUOTE (poliss @ 26 Jan 2007, 19:12) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>HO electric turnout 2-860 £34.95 from MG Sharp, same HO electric turnout £22.08 from the Plaza Japan shop on Ebay.

What's the actual real of the turnout from Japan - don't forget shipping & the fact that you may just have to pay import duty + VAT + handling costs ?
 
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