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Hello,
anybody use Minitrix N gauge track and is it robust, is it compatable with other makes? Are the points of the insulfrog or electrofrog variety? I've seen a set that is reasonably good value for money but being an HO modeller I don't really know anything about N gauge, however it does seem a good Christmas present for my son. I'm deliberating as to whether or not to go for it or buy things seperately and go for Peco track; any thoughts?

Many thanks

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Minitrix track is robust and compatable with other makes. The points are insulfrog but they are rather coarse. See the Gaugemaster site for what they look like. http://tinyurl.com/62ovbb I'm not keen on Peco track either, my preferred choice is Kato Unitrack. You can see what that looks like on the M.G.Sharp website. http://tinyurl.com/5g86qo
 

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QUOTE (clive hayward @ 18 Oct 2008, 13:03) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hello,
anybody use Minitrix N gauge track and is it robust, is it compatable with other makes? Are the points of the insulfrog or electrofrog variety? I've seen a set that is reasonably good value for money but being an HO modeller I don't really know anything about N gauge, however it does seem a good Christmas present for my son. I'm deliberating as to whether or not to go for it or buy things seperately and go for Peco track; any thoughts?

Many thanks

Clive

Hi Clive,
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I agree with poliss on this one ....... personally my choice is Peco code 55 code 80 is the other option in N gauge from peco, Kato gives a more finished look to the track being already ballasted and i would reccomend it over peco if you wish to avoid ballasting/underlay.

This vid shows Kato Unitrack up close ........ though OO gauge


another supplier is

http://shop.ebay.co.uk/merchant/fastrack99
 

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Many thanks indeed for the replies, Kato track certainly looks good and would alleviate the messy ballasting, which I hate! Is Kato track pinned to the baseboard or better glued?
 

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Kato track can be pinned to the board. It has holes that need to be opened out, but the recommended way is to use double sided sticky tape.
 

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Thanks again for your replies, I've decided to go for the Minitrix set and continue with their track. It's all for my son's Christmas present, so hopefully Santa will be bringing him something worthwhile! Not only that, I hope this will kindle a lifelong interest with him. I received my first set at the age of 4, a Triang goods set with the Class 31 (Brush Type 2) loco, I've still got it not that it runs very well; yet 40 years later I'm not sure that I run as well either!

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Another robust, and pre-ballasted, track is Fleischmann Profi - looks quite nice as well.

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Personally I think that pre-ballasted track (Unitrack, Profi, etc) looks plasticky and toy-like. Loose ballasted
Peco code 55 track looks a whole lot more realistic and isn't exactly that difficult to lay and ballast;



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Grahame

I think you may have missed the point. My understanding is that clive is looking for a gift for his son, and therefore needs something he can handle as a starter in the hobby. I agree that ballasting is not that difficult, boring yes, but it is not what a beginner wants to do initially, what he will want to do, I suspect, is play with it.

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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 22 Oct 2008, 16:01) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Grahame, I think you may have missed the point. My understanding is that clive is looking for a gift for his son, and therefore needs something he can handle as a starter in the hobby. I agree that ballasting is not that difficult, boring yes, but it is not what a beginner wants to do initially, what he will want to do, I suspect, is play with it.

No I haven't. Apart from the fact that the conversation/subject always tends to drift in forum threads, Peco is an ideal track system for beginners. The set track option has, without doubt, excellent play value and is available in 'starter sets' plus can be ballasted at a later date to look more realistic than the, what I consider to be horrid and plasticky, more expensive pre-ballasted stuff.

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The "pre-ballasted" tracks available look no more uniform than track that has been ballasted & left without variations in the weathering.

They also tend to be more robust, which in the case of the OP's query would be more practical.
 

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QUOTE (Brian Considine @ 22 Oct 2008, 17:49) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>They also tend to be more robust, which in the case of the OP's query would be more practical.

It's all relative really - whats the point of having 'bomb-proof' track when most rolling stck these days can easily be damaged by picking up up incorrectly?


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QUOTE (Grahame @ 23 Oct 2008, 09:33) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>It's all relative really - whats the point of having 'bomb-proof' track when most rolling stck these days can easily be damaged by picking up up incorrectly?


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Bearing in mind that this was posted initially in another thread I think that we need to take this current thread in the context of the age of Clive's son

QUOTE (clive hayward @ 15 Oct 2008, 21:21) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I'm trying to encourage my son , aged 10 years, to take up railway modelling.

So we have a 10 year old, which I think clearly shows that we are initially looking at play value and durability, not highly detailed railway modelling initially. Surely while trying to encourage a child to participate in this hobby we do not want to bore him with what he is unlikely to want to do when he can have a basic layout which enables him to "play" with his trains!

QUOTE (Grahame @ 23 Oct 2008, 19:42) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>That rather precludes them from ever purchasing any new stock in the future...........


I really fail to see the logic in that statement. Some starter sets,as I'm sure we all know, have lower spec models so that they are cheaper. There is absolutely nothing wrong with starting off with lower spec/second hand/older models - after all if the interest develops then better quality models can be added, and will be more readily appreciated. Don't forget - if junior does not take an interest it is easier to sell unitary track and re-use the board than it is if the track is glued and ballasted.

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Many thanks to everybody who has contributed to an interesting, if at times heated, debate. My son is extremely interested in getting a set for Christmas and I've just ordered a Minitrix start set for him. If he carries on with his interest I will look at getting more prototypical track, but at the moment the Minitrix track looks good.

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QUOTE (clive hayward @ 30 Oct 2008, 22:07) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>but at the moment the Minitrix track looks good.

and at the end of the day that's all that matters - hope he enjoys his present.

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Clive, thinking of buying some Minitrix track myself.

How did your young fella get on with the start set and track please ?

 

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Hello Rowan,
the track is robust and easily available here so we have added to the initial start set. Although I laid it for him he enjoys it and has started to make small alterations himself.

The points are perhaps a bit toy like, but again are robust and we have had no problem with them, all in all a good buy, from a model shop in Germany (mail order) that my son still enjoys 6 months later on.

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P.S Thanks again to everybody who contributed, this was my first post, so it was good to get friendly and helpful advice!
 

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Hello,
should have done this sooner but since our move back to Scotland my son has become more and more interested in his layout, which is good news (it's so wet here he has to stay in the house a lot more).

Anyway thanks again to everyone who contributed to my first thread and here's a photo of William next to his layout, that he designed himself in N gauge



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Clive
 
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