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ChiloquinRuss Posted - 02/04/2019 : 5:16:39 PM
I have had it with ME switches. I have had to repair almost every switch on the layout. What are you all using for track systems? My five main yard entrance switches I hand laid just so I can get something reliable. Thanks in advance. Russ
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kewlbrew Posted - 02/05/2019 : 11:44:16 PM
I've used Peco On30 on my modules and I'm using them for my garage setup given their reliability. Others in the module group did use ME when they became available. The are fragile in our group's experience. Peco's installed in 2006 are still functioning. ME's, released sometime after that, have largely died. In my view, if you want beauty, buy a pre-fab switch and spike it to ME style ties, or scratch-build your own. Even with a pre-fab, it needs to be built to O Narrow geometry rather than HO Standard geometry. HO's do work but Bachmann On30 have O Narrow wheelbases and dimensions. They like O Narrow better than HO standard. The module group has tried both. My 2 cents.

ChiloquinRuss Posted - 02/04/2019 : 11:52:36 PM
Thanks for the info. Seems Peco is what I should be using also. My main concern is we have three balloon reverses that get a lot of traffic, so they will be first. I'll order up a couple and see how they work. Thanks again. Russ
ScottyB Posted - 02/04/2019 : 9:55:41 PM
If I'm not mistaken Troels uses Peco code 100 OO (HO) track. And that's why I use it too. Electrofrogs with insulated joiners on the two frog points and Porters roll right through them with no wiring needed

Everyone keeps saying "Oh it's not right for On30" and not only am I sick of hearing it but I just don't care. :)

brucet Posted - 02/04/2019 : 7:16:16 PM
Russ if you read my 'need some technical help' thread you will see that I'm having similar issues.

I want to blame someone. So here goes! I wanted to use Peco from the day dot. But a friend of mine talked me into using ME turnouts. They look the part and the internet 'told' me that 'real' On30 folk use them. Well everyone of mine have caused headaches. They are simply too fragile and subject to to many variables between various locos. The frogs seem to shallow.
I have persisted because, like you, I used them in my yards and their geometry allowed me to gain some space.
The newer part of my layout uses Peco. Not one issue with them. They aren't as fine looking but because they don't have issues I don't have to look at them.

If I recall Troels Kirk uses Peco on his Coast Railroad. If they are good enough for him then they are good enough for me.

I'm about to install CurrentKeepers in my locos. But the long term plan is to replace all my ME turnouts.


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