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Which track?

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Hello all
New to the forum, I'm planning a 12' by 9' L-shaped 'tail chaser' layout for the garage. I'd like it to be based around about the mid to late 70's, so which track is best?, not just from a prototypical point of view, but ease of use, availability etc. I've heard lots of favourable things about SMP and C&L, but pictures are hard to come by, and is it really that much better than Peco stuff? Any info would be appreciated
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I got all excited checking the C&L site last night. They now have laser cut wooden bases for plain track! There are a plethora of prototypes to choose from underlining how difficult it is have the "correct" track for your chosen railway company from the likes of PECO. I'm afraid if you want correct track you will have to make it yourself. I've never done that but I am planning an EM gauge layout for later this year (in my head anyway).

I have been making 00 code 100 points for my club's layout. They seem OK and I am gaining confidence. This has increased my understanding of the geometry of points and the inter-relationships with wheels amazingly. My advice is to give something new a try.

C&L also make an etched brass fishplate for soldering to rail sides - even if you have a yard length of track you can nick the top at scale 45'/60' lengths (to get the wheel clack over the joint) and use the fishplate as cosmetic. They also have plastic fishplates for locations where you want isolation.
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