[quote name='1099.011' date='6 Nov 2007, 08:47' post='38801']
On the other hand, the Peco points are very nicely made (look good too, and come with a Y-point!), but very frustratingly only seem to be available in the Electrofrog version, which is a major hassle under DCC operation (and I suspect of little real benefit given the quality of modern insulated frog points, and the fact that most of my motive power will be 6-axle electric locos!).
I wonder if anyone could make any suggestions?
Thanks very much in anticipation.
***Mick, my first instinct is always to say build your own as its easier than it looks, but I note the whole of your comment and understand that for a new modeller, thats easy to say but not so practical.
Electrofrog really aren't all that much of a DCC problem - they can just be improved very much by doing the recommended mods, which only take a few minutes.
In fact if you don't want to do the frog switching (which is a VERY good idea for both DC and DCC layouts) and bond the point rails to the stock rails (an even more importnat thing to do for both DC and DCC layouts for long term perfect reliability) then just lay them as they come out of the packet!
Providing you lay them properly on a good even base and you keep the back-to-back of all wheels constant they will work equally well for DC or DCC. In fact, the "out of the box" wiring of Electrofrog is to me better than Peco standard insulfrog, as at least you don't have the point blade and adjacent stock rail at dirrerent polarity, which is MORE of a problem by far!
I'd go for the Peco if thats your preference.
BTW - DB's advice re weight and wheel back to back is very much spot on - I think if you try that you will find most derailments disappear.