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Difficulty Finding HO Track & Turnouts

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Difficulty Finding HO Track & Turnouts
Posted by mrnimble on Monday, June 20, 2022 8:07 PM

Hey guys - anyone got a lead on a complete source for HO Code 83 track and turnouts?  Am putting together shopping list for new layout in addition to salvaged items from old one and having a great deal of difficulty in finding what I need.  ME and Peco are preferences.  Need 150ft. of flex and assorted #5 and #8 turnouts.  Finding mostly one-sies and two-sies here and there and lots of LH turnouts only somewhere else or track but just in concrete.  Getting a headache after all afternoon at this.  Not excited about outrageous prices on eBay.  Any guidance appreciated.  Thanks, Geoff

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Monday, June 20, 2022 8:41 PM

LION buys from Trainworld in Brooklyn. The advertize in MR. I bought Model Power code 100 track in meter lengths, boxes of 100 pieces. Went through three boxes on my layout. (Cheapest, you know, but then if you are looking a Peco or ME, then m oney is no object to you.)

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Posted by wrench567 on Monday, June 20, 2022 11:14 PM

  Talk with your local hobby shop owner. They can work with you to get the things you need. My LHS gives me twenty percent off retail for in stock track, turnouts, and roadbed. If it's a special order then I get ten percent. He almost always has everything I need. Wish he would do the same for locomotives and rolling stock.

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Posted by crossthedog on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 12:21 AM

I agree with Pete. I've been going to my local hobby shop about once a month since I started building my layout over a year ago, and I'd buy two or three pieces of Atlas code 83 flex track every time I went in. That way I always had a few to work with, or to think with if I wasn't quite ready to lay it down.

If I had money to buy in bulk it might have cost less in the end, but my LHS guy sells it for less than Atlas does on their own site, less than Walthers, so I didn't feel I was paying out the nose.

There was only one occasion when he had run out, because the pandemic had created a lag in shipping from his source. I have bought turnouts online from Cherry Creek and from Hiawatha Hobbies.

Good luck.

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Posted by hon30critter on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 1:51 AM

Hi Geoff,

Trainworld in New York City has Peco Code 83 #5 and #8 Insulfrog and Electrofrog turnouts in stock as well as Code 83 flex track by the case. I'm not sure how many turnouts of each style they have on hand.

Their current in stock selection of ME products is limited.

My recent dealings with Trainworld tell me that they are an excellent company.

Dave

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 8:57 AM

mrnimble

Hey guys - anyone got a lead on a complete source for HO Code 83 track and turnouts?  Am putting together shopping list for new layout in addition to salvaged items from old one and having a great deal of difficulty in finding what I need.  ME and Peco are preferences.  Need 150ft. of flex and assorted #5 and #8 turnouts.  Finding mostly one-sies and two-sies here and there and lots of LH turnouts only somewhere else or track but just in concrete.  Getting a headache after all afternoon at this.  Not excited about outrageous prices on eBay.  Any guidance appreciated.  Thanks, Geoff

 
I order most of my stuff from MB Klein (aka modeltrainstuff) and have managed to get what I need but over the long haul, since they go in and out of stock like many shops.  At times I've hunted down other shops and have gone as far afield as Otter Valley in Canada.  I've ordered my flex track in bundles of 10 or 25 rather than a few here or there also.
 
You have to take the long view when it comes to track because most shops go out of stock at any given time, so having a variety of sources helps you get what you need and being patient.  I've ordered a few turnouts off of Ebay too, but only one or two here or there.  All my flex has been from modeltrainstuff.com.
 
Keepin mind also regarding MicroEngineering track, that MicroEngineering has been trying to sell it's company/assets and although apparently they have continued to produce product, its hard to say what kind of availability there will be.
 
OTOH, Peco has been restocking turnouts and track over the months and so has Atlas.  Walthers has a new line of completely retooled turnouts and flex track but I don't know how they are at keeping up with demand.
 
 

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Posted by richhotrain on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 9:30 AM

mrnimble

Hey guys - anyone got a lead on a complete source for HO Code 83 track and turnouts?  Am putting together shopping list for new layout in addition to salvaged items from old one and having a great deal of difficulty in finding what I need.  ME and Peco are preferences.  Need 150ft. of flex and assorted #5 and #8 turnouts.  Finding mostly one-sies and two-sies here and there and lots of LH turnouts only somewhere else or track but just in concrete.  Getting a headache after all afternoon at this.  Not excited about outrageous prices on eBay.  Any guidance appreciated.  Thanks, Geoff 

Good prices on flextrack and turnouts can be found on eBay. Just takes some searching. We can all throw out names of possible sources, but your best bet is to just search the Internet. Google 'Code 83 flextrack' or 'Code 83 turnout" and click the Shopping tab for what is available out there.

Rich

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Posted by Tin Can II on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 10:59 AM

Midwest Model Railroad shows to have 335 Peco code 83 flex track pieces in stock. Decent price. Also have significant number of Peco #8 Electrofrog RH and LH turnouts in stock.

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Posted by kasskaboose on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 2:45 PM

Have you tried the HO swap site?

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Posted by Bayway Terminal on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 8:54 PM

Hobbylinc, Train World, E Bay, Walthers, Model Railroad Craftsman adds, Model Railroader adds, internet search, local train / hobby shop. Good Luck

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 11:31 PM

I don't know of any good hobby shops in the Jacksonville area. You are probably going to have to do mail order.

Which code 83 brand are you seeking?

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Posted by rrebell on Thursday, June 23, 2022 8:09 AM

Yakee Dabbler had everthing in stock about two months ago in Peco.

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Posted by richhotrain on Thursday, June 23, 2022 8:26 AM

rrebell

Yakee Dabbler had everthing in stock about two months ago in Peco. 

I agree. Yankee Dabbler is a good source.

Rich

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Posted by mrnimble on Thursday, June 23, 2022 1:57 PM

Thanks all for your interest and suggestions.  Lined up 6 stores on 6 tabs across my browser and went to work comparing pricing along the way.  My shopping list included a considerable amount of scenery materials as well, mostly WS.  Took a good day and half.  Frustration example:  finding a couple of bridges but then no satisfactory abutments.  Found nice abutments but didn't work for bridge or out of stock everywhere.  Others would have the LH turnouts I wanted but no RH.  You get the picture.  Nevertheless, perseverence paid off (which was very helpful with a high three figure order).  Nevertheless, I went with all Peco and found just about everything at Blue Ridge Hobbies in SC with remaining items at Yankee Dabbler.  Interestingly, 150' of Code 83 by the 3' discounted section at BRH was cheaper than 2 75' bundles elsewhere.  FYI.

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