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Author Topic: 1/4" AAR track
raybaumill-
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Post 1/4" AAR track
on: September 15, 2015,
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Hi,
Was some column space in the mag about whether there would be more activity for the AAR niche if flex was available. Ill push it farther how about sectional??
Seems some flex was available but didnt move.
I have not much invested in standard O so I could move over if I dont have to lay any track. While some must have the time and the desire for that, I dont. I would even like EZ track for O scale (HAHA).
How about EZ track in 1/4" AAR?? Or would that be sacrilegious??
So is there a desire for any of the above??
Personally if none presents itself Ill just change over to 1/4" AAR wheels.
RAy.

George-
Losse

Posts: 30
Post Re: 1/4" AAR track
on: September 15, 2015,
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Ray,
I'm not sure what you are asking here.... Proto48 Flex-track is available from Protocraft

Proto:48 Flex-Track in nickel-silver - weathered in 50' bundles
http://www.protocraft.com/category.cfm?ItemID=298&Categoryid=2

Proto:48 Flex-Track in nickel-silver - unweathered in 50' bundles
http://www.protocraft.com/category.cfm?ItemID=299&Categoryid=2

prefab turnouts - ready to install
left http://www.protocraft.com/category.cfm?ItemID=641&Categoryid=2
right http://www.protocraft.com/category.cfm?ItemID=642&Categoryid=2

Track Parts
http://www.protocraft.com/category.cfm?Categoryid=2

I have some of the unweathered Flex. I think it's real nice track.

George Losse
http://www.shamokindivision.com/

raybaumill-
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Posts: 399
Post Re: 1/4" AAR track
on: September 17, 2015,
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Hi,
The question is if there was 1/4" AAR flex and sectional available would it make a difference in its use.
As I said I havent much invested in track so if the the track is available I could just move over but
not at 50 pieces per bundle. I am poor. I only buy what I need at the moment. Give us a price on a bundle.
Maybe we should also discuss the semantics of P48 as opposed to 1/4" AAR. Whether 1/4" AAR is just correcting the gauge and P48 the realm of the extreme prototypists??
RAy.

George-
Losse

Posts: 30
Post Re: 1/4" AAR track
on: September 19, 2015,
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Ray,
Proto48 is just about track gauge and wheel standards, the rest is ego.

You can model to any detail level you wish no matter the gauge. You can model to any level of "prototype correctness" you wish no matter the gauge between the rails. There are very good prototype modelers in both Proto48 and Regular O Scale. It is more a matter of what you can live with.

I model in Proto48 and I am a rivet counter. There are others who are happy just putting the correct wheel sets in the wide trucks under R-T-R cars. It's all good, the only person that matters is yourself. If you are happy with your modeling at whatever level you choose, then just enjoy it. Don't worry about what someone says you have to do.

If you want cheaper track, then I think you should learn to hand lay your track. It's easy and goes much faster than you think. I would also mention to you that a 50 foot bundle of track goes faster than you think. Even when you build a railroad eight feet at a time.

To answer your question, I don't think flex track really matters in Proto48. Some love it, I'm hand laying most of my my rail. I want more rail size changes then is available in Flex. Your question never really entered my mind when I converted to Proto48.

George Losse
http://www.shamokindivision.com/

raybaumill-
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Posts: 399
Post Re: 1/4" AAR track
on: September 22, 2015,
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George,
The only thing I might hand lay is a turnout where a ready made one wont fit or a crossing no one makes. I just dont have the inclination for that kind of tedium. Throwing down some track and getting something running is more my style. I had heard of P87 before I ordered my magic carpets for my Reutling Box cab but all of the choices I had to make at the time of ordering had me going. I hadnt the faintest idea of what P48 was even though I might have inferred what it was. So since I wasnt sure of what P48 was I got the standard wheels etc so I could at least get some standard track to run it on. And like u said if the proto wheels in clunky trucks cant be lived with they can be changed also. But if I had hundreds of cars probably would stay plain standard.
RAy.

raybaumill-
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Posts: 399
Post Re: 1/4" AAR track
on: October 13, 2019,
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Hi,
If anyone is interested in seeing the diff between correct wheels on standard trucks compared with p48 wheels and trucks I believe there was an article covering same in the O scale resource. Will go find it again and post issue info. I don't recall if they showed p48 wheels and trucks set for standard track. I am at least going to try one car equipped as same. I believe San Quan has the parts to do this.
RAy.

raybaumill-
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Posts: 399
Post Re: 1/4" AAR track
on: October 23, 2019,
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O scale resource March April 2019 issue for p48 wheels in standard trucks etc.
RAy.

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