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Hello,
I'm currently building my third layout, and I've decided to re-use my existing PECO code 100 track for the hidden sections, but use code 75 for the visible parts. I've used the PECO 75/100 joiners, but I'm not happy with the quality of the join - I can't seem to get the rail heights the same. Anyone have any success stories or tips they could share (or am I just being clumsy in my technique?). Many thanks. AlanM.
 

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Simply shim the code 75 up so that the railheads are level and solder the rails together. Thin card or plastic sheets can be used underneath the finescale track to raise the level of the railheads. I used a code 100 Atlas diamond crossing with Peco Finescale track on my first American HO scale layout (many years ago) and it ran without problems. In actual fact I had insulated joins between the points and the diamond, the tracks were shimmed to level then glued in place, and soldered joins were used between the diamond and the sidings beyond.
 

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My only gripe with the 75/100 rail joiners is that you have to pack underneath the code 75 sleepers - the rail height is fine. If you don't have a smooth enough gradient long wheel base locomotives can lose electrical contact.

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QUOTE (alanm @ 28 Feb 2007, 04:59) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hello,
I'm currently building my third layout, and I've decided to re-use my existing PECO code 100 track for the hidden sections, but use code 75 for the visible parts. I've used the PECO 75/100 joiners, but I'm not happy with the quality of the join - I can't seem to get the rail heights the same. Anyone have any success stories or tips they could share (or am I just being clumsy in my technique?). Many thanks. AlanM.

Have a look at http://sitenet.gppsoftware.com/mrol/RailJoining.asp for an article on doing this.

I think you will agree that this solution gives a far neater appearance than Peco's special joiners. This solution can be used in a scenic area as well - once rails are painted, it is difficult to notice the join without looking closely.

I used it on my layout (http://www.brma.asn.au/Gallery/Plowmang/013.jpg) - picture about 5 years old now - now looks like this: http://www.gppsoftware.com/SiteNet/mrol/Gr...cs/IMG_3102.jpg

Graham Plowman
 
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