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Rail weight and size
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 Posted: Thu Oct 26th, 2017 05:46 am
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Michael M

Joined: Thu Jan 26th, 2017
Location: San Bernardino, California USA
Posts: 613
Couldn't find anything here in FR that talked about rail height for different scales.

I came across this that might help:

I'm using Code 100 rail on my 35n2 layout which comes out to 40 pounds per yard if I'm figuring this out correctly.

On one spur I did use some Code 80 rail that I took from some Atlas N Scale sectional track and spiked that down (I ran out of Peco On30 track).  Code 80 is close to 25 pound rail.

In smaller scales you can see how quickly the rail weight increases.

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 Posted: Thu Oct 26th, 2017 01:32 pm
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W C Greene

Joined: Fri May 4th, 2007
Location: Royse City, Texas USA
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Howdy Michael, I use code 83 on my 35n2 line, maybe a small bit of code 70 on funky sidings. I believe the 83 is around 25 lb/yard so that looks OK for me. Code 100 in 35nX is fine also. I have some dual gauge 2 foot and standard gauge with code 125 or maybe 148 which is OK for standard gauge.

Here's a (fuzzy) view of the dual gauge with the 2 foot siding reverting back to code 83.

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