considering llagas creek aluminum track since its 1 dollar per foot much cheaper then LGB track

NorthwestGarrattGuy

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since i need about 150 feet of track (not including turnouts) for my dog bone layout i thought i could Llagas creek track since it almost 7 times cheaper then LGB per foot but turnouts are twice as expensive any thoughts

remember the goal is to get the total cost of track under 1,000 USD
 

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I assume you have no intention of employing track power of any kind. If that is the case you could consider Al track. If you want to use track power aluminum track is a non-starter. The tenacious protective oxide layer it develops makes it worthless for track power.

I don't think I'll be the only one to tell you that being "penny wise and pound foolish" is not a good thing when it comes to your right-of way. Even if I didn't care about track power and wanted the look of code 250 rail over code 332 personally I'd select the Llagas Creek (or Sunset Valley) brass or stainless steel track over the Aluminum track just for its strength if nothing else.

I do question your cost basis though and whether you will actually be saving money in the end. I can find LGB 1.2 meter straights for $24 each and LGB 1.5 meter flex (rails and tie strips) for less than $400 for 15 meters or roughly $40 per 6ft. I assume you have found somewhere to get Llagas Creek Al track for significantly less than than retail price of $32.50 per 6ft section.
 
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NorthwestGarrattGuy

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I assume you have no intention of employing track power of any kind. If that is the case you could consider Al track. If you want to use track power aluminum track is a non-starter. The tenacious protective oxide layer it develops makes it worthless for track power.

I don't think I'll be the only one to tell you that being "penny wise and pound foolish" is not a good thing when it comes to your right-of way. Even if I didn't care about track power and wanted the look of code 250 rail over code 332 personally I'd select the Llagas Creek (or Sunset Valley) brass or stainless steel track over the Aluminum track just for its strength if nothing else.

I do question your cost basis though and whether you will actually be saving money in the end. I can find LGB 1.2 meter straights for $24 each and LGB 1.5 meter flex (rails and tie strips) for less than $400 for 15 meters or roughly $40 per 6ft. I assume you have found somewhere to get Llagas Creek Al track for significantly less than than retail price of $32.50 per 6ft section.
you got that right just battery (and maybe when i am richer i might get live steam but not likly)
 

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since i need about 150 feet of track (not including turnouts) for my dog bone layout i thought i could Llagas creek track since it almost 7 times cheaper then LGB per foot but turnouts are twice as expensive any thoughts

remember the goal is to get the total cost of track under 1,000 USD
Is it as sturdy and long-lasting though - or is that not a major issue for you?
 

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Buy used LGB track at swap meets and club meetings. If you see the light and go track power later you will thank me.

Your comparison numbers are off... your 7 times figure, were you basing that on 2 bare rails and printing the ties vs purchasing track ready made? That's my only guess how you could come up with that.

Greg
 
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maybe when i am richer i might get live steam but not likly
Well, some live steamers aren't that expensive compared to some of the LGB offerings, all mine have cost less than £800. So 2 are second hand, but you can pay over £1000 for a track powered or battery locomotive.
 

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Referring to never using track power.. i.e. only battery and steam

(I had to reread it myself)
I was referring to this bit of the statement by NWGG in post #3 "maybe when i am richer i might get live steam but not likely"

Should have said "Never say Never". (typo)