Track Codes and Types
Track Codes: Track codes, defines how accurate it is to real life. Many people use Code 100 actual track to model HO and OO scales, as it was one of the more original track codes and is more forgiving on track skills, rather than Code 83 which is closer to prototypical.
Below is a list of scales and the codes of track available from Bay Hobby Supplies:
Now, regardless of what scale you are working in, there are different types of track available.
SET TRACK are pre set or pre made lengths of straight track, radius and curves which makes it ideal for beginners. Available in different brands.
RADIUS: Is the distance measuring from the centre of a circle to any point of the circle. Smaller circles have shorter radii.
ARC: Forms part of the circle which is measured in degrees. A circle has a 360 degree arc, half round 180 degrees, this is the arc used to turn the train around.
See the table below, this shows minimum radius for the different scales Bay Hobby Supplies stock. Some of the bigger Locos and longer rolling stock would not meet the normal radius size. (Most Locomotives or rolling stock will have a minimum radius sized recommended for that particular type included in the manual, or on the box it comes in).
FLEXI TRACK: This is what the name says, flexible and can be used to create curves of any radius needed. This comes in Peco 933mm lengths, and can be cut to any size wanted.
CROSSINGS: This is when a track going in one direction crosses over a track going in another direction. The Locomotive can only go straight on these crossings, and come in 90 degree, 45 degree, 30 degree, and 15 degree angles. 90 degree crossings are the most popular type.
POINTS: Also referred to as Turnouts or Switch. When the Locomotive enters a turnout by one track it can be re directed by either of two or sometimes three exiting tracks.