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Old 05-06-2020, 04:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm just getting started in this hobby and recently acquired about 150' of USA Trains(new) and Bachman(very used) 45mm Brass track. The USA Trains track is a smaller code than the Bachman track but I can't find anywhere how to identify what the codes of each might be. The USA Trains track cross section of the rail seems smaller all round compared to the Bachman.

I'd appreciate some advice on how to ID the code of each brand of track.

And, while we're at it, is it possible to connect two different codes of track together? If yes, please explain.

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Measure The height of the rail in thousandths and that is the code, i.e, 250 thousandths =code 250. What you have there is code 250 and code 312, 1/4 and 5/16 inch high rail. Yes there connectors available which connect the 2 sizes together. I can't tell you right off what dealer carries them.
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You could probably use shims and the larger joiners. Force a Popsicle stick under the smaller rail in the joiner.
If you float your track on/in ballast nothing else is needed. If your track is on a board you should add shims until you can gradually lower the track on a smooth transition.
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Strange, the current Bachmann brass track was pretty close in my estimation.


Is it possible the Bachmann brass track is hollow (look underneath).


As requested, dimensions please.


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Old 05-06-2020, 08:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey guys. In answer to the question "Is it possible the Bachmann brass track is hollow?"
The Bachmann brass rails all have a shallow v-shape on the bottom of it. I don't think that it could described as "hollow".
Maybe indented to save on manufacturing costs?
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Yes, it was made to use less brass to cut cost.

The orginal question, much easier to use all the same code of track.
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That's what I figured.
Bachmann makes nice trains, but I like other manufacturers such as Aristocraft and USA Trains much better.
Don't get me wrong, the Bachmann Big Hauler series are some great looking, and running locomotives and cars.I love them, but they leave a lot to be desired when it comes to details, and in some ways, quality.
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Silver colored Bachmann G track is hollow steel and non uv protected ties.
Brass rails are solid.


OTOH Lionel brass colored rail is hollow.
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I thought all the major manufacturers, ie USA Trains, Bachmann, LGB, Piko, TrainLine etc. used code 332 brass rail as their standard product offering.


Bachmann formed steel is meant for indoors only and to get code 250 or code 215 trackone has to go to the more specialized "track components: suppliers like Sunset Valley, LlagasCreek, Thiel
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Lionel brass 45mm track is,while hollow,suitable for outdoor use. It's surprisingly rugged, and I like the track pins ,and the way the road bed snaps together.

I've been using it since 2004 without any issues.

I changed over to Bachmann, and Aristocraft, .332 solid brass track a couple of years ago.

I thought that the screws used to hold the track together would be better than the snap together Lionel tracks.
After careful consideration, the Lionel track goes together faster ,and easier ,than the other screwed together rail does. I disassemble everything after each use, and those little screws are annoying !
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