As I'm still very much in a "getting started" phase with trains, I don't have a lot of track at all, and none of the flex track, and haven't actually set up a layout yet. That said, I was watching the trains theme in general when they were introduced, and like many here I was torn between finding them useful and finding them ugly. That said, I do still plan to make use of them in my own train layouts I hope to do sometime, but I'll make only limited use of them, in some of the ways already discussed by others in this thread. I half-suspect that once I get some I'll use at least half of it not for train track at all, but for things like detailing on spaceship hulls.
domboy, on 02 March 2012 - 08:13 PM, said:
I can't help but wonder if it's physically possibly to create a similarly functional flex track piece that actually looks like the regular track pieces? If it were possible why would Lego not have done so?
IIRC, some time before it was released, there were rumors and leaks floating around about this forthcoming flexible track, and at some point somebody linked to a leaked photo of some prototypes that showed a couple different versions of the track, one of them more "regular" looking, like you describe (with gaps between sleepers), as well as what became the final version we actually got. The former was pretty clearly more visually consistent with regular track pieces, and my uneducated guess is that TLG would have gone with it if there weren't some specific reason not to; perhaps it was more prone to derailing, or to the piece actually breaking, or something like that. But I really don't know.