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QUOTE (ebaykal @ 15 Aug 2008, 10:04) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>My Peco Flex tracks arrived a couple of days ago and I have started laying them.

At some point, while taking a rest, the color of the rails struck me, boy they are shinny bright yellow. Now we modelrailroaders are quite fussy about replicating the prototype of all railroad related items so;

.. why on earth are these rails in yellow color ?


For that matter, Hornby rails too...
The metal used to make the rails is known as nickel silver, however it doesn't include any silver and it is actually a type of brass and like other brasses it is yellowish in colour. It may be more yellow if it needs cleaning.

The way to get round it is to paint the sides of the rails a greyish-brown like the prototype. It is then very difficult to tell that the shiny strip on the top of the rail is a slightly different colour from the steel of the prototype.
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