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 Posted: Fri Jul 19th, 2013 01:15 pm
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I'm downsizing from 1:29 to 1/4" scale for my backyard (yes, backyard) layout. I have an Airwire 9000 throttle CVP Convrtr
and Lipo batteries. My question(s) is/are:

Should I go 3 rail or 2 rail (I tend toward Proto:48, but that's not chiseled in stone)?

What's the advantage of 3 rail?

Does it matter, considering my type of layout control?

Can 3 rail locos be easily converted to 2 rail?

Thanks for your time,

Michael

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 Posted: Fri Jul 19th, 2013 02:18 pm
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Michael-O scale 2 rail is easily "converted" to r/c/. I would go with 2 instead of 3...My rationale is that (1) I prefer 2 rails over 3 (unless it is dual gauge). (2) Converting a 3 rail (tinplate) loco to r/c might be an easy fix but why not go 2 rail to begin with, because (3) With r/c, it doesn't matter whether you have 2, 3, or 5 rails, or no track at all...the train will still run.
(My opinion)...I never liked 3 rail. When I was a little kid, I loved my American Flyer train much more than my Lionel train because real railroads ran on 2 rails and I never saw one running on 3 rails.
I have a layout in my back yard-the Mogollon Railway-and just love it there. I found two things I love...radio control and running trains under the sun and moon.
With all that out of the way...WELCOME TO FREERAILS and don't be shy.

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Hello Michael

Welcome to FreeRails!

I agree with Woodie. The only advantages to three rail is that wiring for certain track configurations (return loops primarily) is easier--but if you are going with on board batteries and R/C you don't have ANY wiring to the track--so why not have track that is prototypical looking?

I would avoid Proto 48, especially for an outdoor line. It involves buying, and changing out wheels to get the smaller profile--- and tighter tolerances for trackwork. In return, things look more prototypical close up--but unless you are going to view things laying with your nose in the grass, you won't notice the difference. My opinion, worth what you paid for it.


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Something I've never understood is why you lot across the pond have stuck with course standard three-rail O gauge stuff so long - it went out of fashion here when I was young and that's fifty years ago now !

So why has it survived there so long ?

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Because we're CRAZ-EEEEEEEEE! That's why. And why do model railroaders still clean track and worry about wiring when there IS an alternative. God only knows...

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Three rail is generally guys that had Lionel stuff as a kid and kept in it for nostalgia purposes. Or some are collectors of rare stuff and like to run the less valuable new ones. Some run the really expensive stuff too but those guys generally are rich. Are there some new guys getting into 3-rail? I imagine there are some but that's not where the concentration of newbies are.

I think most serious newbies focus on stuff like we talk about here at Freerails. Heck, I consider myself a newbie and I build in 1:35n2.... and yes that's all Woodie's fault.

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Lionel thats something like Marklin here in Europe, you love it or hate it..do think it looks ugly IMO



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I agree.... Three rails don't look good. They do make decent train toys for younger kids... At least the Lionel stuff does. It's bigger and more robust than HO scale stuff.



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Michael, I'm going to O-scale 2-rail simply because of the prototypical appearance of the track.

It just makes the model railroad look "realer"!

(I just ordered 120 feet of Atlas 2-rail O-scale Flex Track for the layout I'm building.)

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 Posted: Sat Jul 20th, 2013 01:04 am
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Wanna make it really look real? Hand lay the track. Use the money you save laying the track to buy some go those Fast Track turnout kits.



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