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HO Bachmann E-Z Track

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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)
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
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 !
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.

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


That's the stuff - double check to see that it's OO/HO - most of the Unitrack you see in the UK is "N".
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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QUOTE (poliss @ 26 Jan 2007, 22:17) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Postage for the turnout from Plaza is $4.80. The HM customs website says import duty for "toys" is between 0 and 4.7% plus the 17.5% VAT. Which still makes it cheaper than MG Sharp. That is if customs actually charge you anything. I've bought from Plaza and didn't get charged by customs.
Last delivery took 5 days from Japan, quicker than a lot of UK sellers!

So, if you get "caught" (& as a retailer I would just love a level playing field) that makes it £29.33 & that's before the handling charge !
Not much of a saving in the end - you could also ask MGS if they could match the total price !
May just look at that poliss when I get back from holiday in 2 weeks time !
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