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I was at a local bookstore and happened to read through the latest issue of Continental Modeller magazine. Contained therein was a layout that really interested me as it was a small one featuring dual-gauge operation (HO & HOn30/HOe). [I will go back to said bookstore and 'plunk' down my $10 for a copy of this issue. It seems Peco has done very well, over that past years, of removing copious sums from my wallet.]

In the article, the author mentions that he used Tillig brand track. Having never heard of Tillig (hey...I live in Alabama), I proceeded to do some Internet research. Tillig offers a line of 'Elite' HO/HOe track. Included in this line are dual-gauge turnouts (straight through being HO whilst the diverging rails/points are in HOe) as well as dual-gauge flex track.

The next thing I noticed was that Tillig point rails and converging rails are one piece (ala prototype). Wow...no more ugly, and unreliable, hinge joints between the two. These turnouts were beautiful to behold.

I also happened to discover a forum with references to Tillig trackwork (mostly European members). Their comments were mixed: some liked the track, some found the track to be problematic for the "ham-fisted", and others disliked the fact that the track resembled Germanic prototypes and was not suited to English or U.S. track.

So my question is (before I spend 'mucho pesos' on a brand of track with which I have no experience): Have you used Tillig track products? What was your experience with said products? Would you recommend Tillig track products? Are they as reliable as Peco products?

"Inquiring minds want to know"

Cheers,

Ray

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Ray-the HOn30 guys are somewhat lukewarm about Tillig track but then, they seem to be modelling Maine 2 footers on HOn30 track. I have been known to spend money on things that didn't work out (except for my r/c stuff), I might advise you to buy a turnout and maybe some flex track and see for yourself. Since Micro Engineering has abandonded the HOn30 market, it is left with Peco, Tillig, and not much else. Or maybe use the Tillig turnouts that have impressed you and hand lay the rest. I looked at the Tillig HOe locos in their catalog and then saw the prices! HOLY COW, they are proud of their stuff, I trust they run as well as the price would indicate. I know several guys who use Peco, nobody I know uses Tillig. Good luck with this one.

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Thanks for the reply Woodie. Yes, I was also in shock with the prices of Tillig track (although being a Peco fan, I am used to European prices). I am considering Tillig as they seem to be the only ones who produce dual-gauge track components.

The layout I am enamored with has a 'blending' of HO (mainline) and HOe/HOn30 (narrow gauge). The two gauges overlap at a turnout and run together into the factory at one end. I found this to be interesting...something I, personally, wouldn't have considered on my own. As you mentioned, the investment in Tillig track will be considerable...hence my trepidation.

Ray


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