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Hi,

To give you some advice, it would be helpful to know, what you intend to run on your track. There are at least 20 different makers of 45mm track, most of them with extremely high rails, like Code 332.

Some makers offer you a choice of different materials. E.g. Sunset Valley sells Code 250 rails made of brass, steel, alluminium or nickel silver. the offer different style trackbed (ties / sleeper) as well.

Llagas Creek offer some fine material as well in Code 200 and 250. They even offer easy to assemble kits or parts like frogs and blades for moderate prices. Combined with European style sleepers, a metre gauge switch with Code 250 rail can look like this



Once you learned how, any switsch / turnout can be assembled within a few hours.
Why should a train derail on a properly built turnout?

Have Fun

Fritz / Juergen
 

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Hi,

starting from scratch is the hard way for a beginner. I´d suggest, to purchase a kit and a track gauge from Llagas. assemble it and you´ll get the idea.



Aristo and USA trains represent standard gauge in 1 : 29 on 45mm track. So you´ll probably need longer ties and closer spacing, than European Metre gauge in 1 : 22,5 or US 3 foot prototypes in 1 : 20,3, to make it look convincing. Track Code 200 - 250 will look fine and in scale.

If you use track power, nickelsilver or steel is the better choice over brass.

Have Fun

Fritz / Juergen
 
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