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Starter sets worth it?

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I was looking for layout ideas in my other thread, when an idea occured to me. I'm wondering if a good, reasonably inexpensive way to get started would be to put a pair of starter sets in my "L" shaped area. I could fit one around the tree and one in the base of the "L". I'm assuming that there wouldn't be enough power in the starter sets to get much bigger, but I could probably add a few straight sections to each to make them a little bigger.

I'm thinking that this might be a good place to start, with some expansion options later. Besides, that would give each of the twin boys their own train. But my question is whether it is worth it. Are the starter sets reliable enough to last a year or two, while allowing for slow replacement of cars and parts, or will they just give out after a month or two of use? It would certainly be cheaper than building the whole thing from scratch, at least to start.


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Actually the standard Bachmann G-scale track IS interchangeable with Aristo or LGB with the slip-on type connectors.

Carefully twist and remove the black metal tongue that is on the ends of the Bachmann track. Be careful to not twist too much lest the track become bent. Then it is a simple matter to gentle pich the Bachmann track and slip it into the Aristo or LGB slip-on connector.

I have mixed Bachmann and LGB track for indoor Christmas layouts with no problems of electrical continuity. I don't know if this will work outside but since even a light dew will cause Bachmann track to rust-over I doubt this is a technique with much value outside.

If you want to restore the Bachmann track to its original condition simply save the black metal tongue and carefully re-install it.
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