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Arnold Rapido Track

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Arnold Rapido Track
Posted by DBTrucker on Saturday, July 18, 2009 9:48 AM

I have an opportunity to purchase a huge lot of arnold rapido n scale track, it carries the Revell model co.brand.  I would like to know the compatibility of this track to any other newer n scale track types.  My layout now consists of primarily Atlas snap track, so if I choose to buy the Arnold Rapido track will it connect with my Atlas track to expand the layout??

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, July 18, 2009 10:24 AM

 No, it won´t!

Arnold Rapido track has a different shaped rail which is not compatible to anything newer. It has a round shaped rail head which was meant to keep the tracks clean and I doubt that any newer equipment will roll on that without derailing at the turnouts.

I cannot recommend to buy it.

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Posted by stebbycentral on Saturday, July 18, 2009 12:15 PM

It been years since I have heard Rapido mentioned.  I still have three of their N-scale Geeps, which though being quite noisy, run like champs after 30+ years.  The one aspect I remember about Rapido's track which made it incompatible with other brands was that the rail ends were staggered at the joints, unlike the Atlas or Peco track where they are evenly aligned.  Thus you couldn't mate Rapido track to anything else without one of their special adaptor sections.

I have figured out what is wrong with my brain!  On the left side nothing works right, and on the right side there is nothing left!

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Posted by R. T. POTEET on Saturday, July 18, 2009 4:17 PM

Boy, when you talk about Revell and Rapido track you are talking about the stone age. I would mail this stuff off to GEICO because I can't see anyone else except perhaps their cavemen having any use for it!

Actually I have to edit this posting: why don't you even off the ends of the (straight) sections and stack them up somewhere towards the back of your layout representing premade track sections ready for use the next time there is a derailment? You might even consider putting these on-board a MOW flatcar as part of a work train.

From the far, far reaches of the wild, wild west I am: rtpoteet

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Posted by Edgar Corny on Sunday, November 22, 2009 1:14 PM


I started using Rapido Track because of the Enfield & Ohio project railroad in MR in 1966-1967. I liked it better than other items. I never found problems with nipping  off a section of rail to connect Atlas to Rapido and (at the time) I preferred it to Atlas. I would use it again. I like the darkened rails especially.


I left N scale when I discovered the D&RGW narrow gauge and Nn3 was not reasonable for me at the time. I actually laid some Nn3 track (true, not Z gauge) and built several D&RGW cars for it. It was one of my first scratch building attempts and I still have all 5 models (see my home page for photos I was stymied (at 13-14 years old) by Nn3 motive power.

The only issue I had with Arnold at the time was the lack of US based prototypes. They did correct that but I had switched to HOn3 by that time (c1970-72).

Thanks for helping me recall the memories. I was big into Apollo at the time and I had my N scale train go by a launch pad with a 1:220 scale model of the Apollo-Saturn 5 rocket!

Doug vV



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