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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!

Matt.
 

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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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Hi Folks,

Starting to like the look of Kato track now, but trying to find a dealer is tricky.

We're investigating Plaza Japan but I would rather buy locally and don't mind paying a UK price for it - MGSharp don't have much stock of Kato HO at the moment and won't have until after we need it unfortunately - so can anyone make a recommendation about UK model shops (on and offline) that stock it? I'll travel to get it if they don't ship, not fussed about that.

Thanks for the help!

Matt.
 
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