DOGS, Garden Railways, Steam Trains, Jive Dancing,
- 25 Oct 2009
As Gizzy says mixing and matching is ok. I use LGB, Aristocraft, Peco G and TrainLine 45 on my line. The Peco needs a converter fishplate that Peco sell to join up to the makes with the karger code rail butvthis works fine. Once the track has been outside for a while and the rail blackened with sleepers dulled down by weather the difference is hardly observed.Hullo and welcome to the forum.
Don't write off R1 curves. They can be brought cheaply and straightened/re-radiused with a cheap rail bender.
I've even used a Black & Decker Workmate to straighten track until I brought a second hand rail bender at a model exhibition near me for a fiver!
Also, look at the real railway, and you will see different types of rail and sleepers/ties used. So mixing and matching is prototypical.
In the UK concrete and steel sleepers have largely replaced wooden ones on main lines.
The narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway now uses recycled plastic sleepers, just like us railway modellers....