Atlas Railroad HO-Gauge Code 100 Snap-Track Starter Set (18)

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This is the Atlas Model Railroad HO-Gauge Code 100 Snap-Track Starter Set. The HO Track Starter Set is a snap for beginners to assemble. Each contains enough Snap-Track and components to assemble a 38" x 56" oval layout with passing siding (16 pieces of track plus two manual switches), and it can be easily expanded as your skill level advances. Complete assembly instructions provided.

Features:

  • Nickel silver rail
  • Simulated black wood ties
  • Enough track to assemble a 38x56" oval layout with passing siding

NOTE: Trains and power pack sold separately.

This product was added to our catalog on February 22, 2018

Monday, Feb 15 2021 (8 months ago)
Atlas Railroad HO-Gauge Code 100 Snap-Track Starter Set (18)
18 radius HO scale track is good for a beginner layout or something that goes round and round under the XMas Tree. Or is it Happy Holidays tree? I'm quite confused by that.

First off, it will likely cause issues with steam engine models with 8 driving wheels or more and anything above 40 to 50 foot length rail cars will either not traverse the curve or look very toy like. Very good if what you have in terms of space is a 4x8 foam or plywood board. Not recommended otherwise except for sidings. And then a switcher engine should be employed for those tracks. FYI, a Big Boy will REALLY not like this radius. You've been warned.

Secondly, code 100 is rather dated, although if weathered properly it can be pulled off. If you are confused by the idea of weathering track then once again we are talking beginner level modeling. Code 100 is good for much older equipment which often has wheel flanges that will get jarred by striking the RR spikes (fake of course, you silly person. Pick up the stuff lying alongside CSX tracks and I suggest you paint them and give them to someone who hates model railroading but you have to give them something. Please note that railroads in the US are private property and if you take ANYTHING from their property, including used tissue paper, you are liable to be charged - and convicted - for trespassing. The current mainline modeling track is code 83. Meaning the track height is lower than code 100. Once again we are verging on the toy train arena. But hey, it is your layout/tree circler, so do whatever makes you happy. There is even code 70 for logging railroad modeling. But then we are getting into the really snooty group who would not deign to enter a shop such as HobbyTowm, much less Hobby Lobby which is best for people who enjoy paying too much for model train equipment. If Hobby Lobby wishes to sue I will present evidence in court that clearly shows how over priced their stuff is, and yes I can indeed afford legal assistance. And I do fairly well when having to testify in court.

So, maybe HobbyTown should stock code 83 and radii of 22 inch or above in order to avoid my mocking them. But then I am guessing model trains are not their main source of income. At least not yet. :)

Cheers.