I recently installed a couple of the larger radius curved turnouts on my layout. They look great and work absolutely fine, but when combined with rolling stock from other manufacturers than Märklin/Trix, they introduce an unexpected problem with bogie type wagons and coaches: Derailments. In this article I will explore the cause and explain you how to fix the problem. [More]
The PIKO A-track has seen more love in the later years. Last year PIKO introduced a concrete sleeper version of the track to suit the modern era modellers. This was a welcome change as most track today only has wooden sleepers. The special thing about the PIKO track was the inclusion of a pair of turnouts with concrete sleepers. Read the review of the new concrete turnouts. [More]
I have always turned to Roco's Roco Line or the Tillig Elite track system for serious track work, but because of the ever increasing prices I have been keen on trying the cheaper PIKO A-track. I have seen a fair share of layouts built using this track and it does look quite good. The track costs about half the price of the Roco track. So far the quality has not been the same as the more expensive Roco Line track, but that might just be about to change.
I want a siding on my layout. A siding gives me more options for operating my trains. I have come this idea a bit closer and I have chosen to go with a factory from Faller. I think the building has a size that fits my idea well and it has some visual interest.