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  1. Barkmi4

    Track suggestions

    Morning all, We’ve finally moved and I’m now looking to buy some new track. To date I only have Lego track, a few pieces of ‘Wilko’ track (thrown in with a marketplace buy), and 1 pack of Felph track from Amazon. I wouldn’t recommend either. I’ve purchased some trixbrix straights from Amazon which should turn up tomorrow. It costs a bit more but there’s no shipping costs. With being in the U.K., shipping from both trixbrix and Bricktracks is expensive. Techbrick isn’t much better as their prices are inflated. Ultimately I think I’ll order from both companies. Trixbrix offer geometry that you can’t get elsewhere which is very appealing, and Bricktracks offer wheel-sets and injection moulded r104 switches. That said, I’ll inevitably have some 3d printed parts so I’m not too worried about having 3d printed r104 switches. I’ve discounted FX as I have no 9V equipment. Whilst it is appealing to have metal rails, at the moment switches and DCC motors aren’t available, and the cost is just too high in comparison. I won’t be running at shows, and a few sets of rechargeable batteries is a far more cost effective way for me to enjoy the hobby. For now, I don’t plan on building a set layout. Tracks will be placed on the floor and different layouts created dependant on time/space/mood. I’m fortunate enough to have 2 empty rooms currently, both approx 3m x 3.8m, connected by a 4m landing. I’ll likely use R104 switches on any mainlines. But, I have a few questions I’d like advise on/to hear others experience; Those in the U.K., where do you order from (post brexit) and why? Those in the U.K., in what quantities do you order in (financially) to minimise shipping/import tax? Trixbrix states that for orders over £135 20% will be refunded to pay the courier VAT on delivery. The flat ~£19 delivery charge seems high. Equally shipping from BrickTracks is high (circa 17%), and I’ve no idea if import tax will be payable on delivery too, and the relevant thresholds. Has anyone found cheaper ways of sourcing these parts? I know H.A. Bricks are the European distributer, but their prices are inflated and their shipping is also steep (€45 euro for 4 switches). Those that have both Bricktracks and trixbrix R104 switches, which do you prefer? Any observations? I noted the Bricktracks has both a turn in and turn out curve, whereas trixbrix has a single type of ballast curve suggesting minor differences in switch geometry..? Any arguments not to use R104 switches on mainline (I.e. not yard spaces)? And the big one, what radius curves would you suggest using? I’d probably start with the focus of having parallel tracks and expanding from there. Part of me is inclined to get R56 and build out. R56 is more cost effective but I’ve no idea if these are much better than r40? The other side of me thinks R104 - I don’t really have a reason other than if switches are made using this they should be gentle enough to take at full speed. But then do you build out or in? Very interested to hear opinions. I’m not particularly bothered about mimicking real world, more interested in something usable and enjoyable. Any thoughts on numbers and types of switches to purchase and have a play around with? Noting the shipping costs I’d like to make a large order, just unsure on what to actually buy. I really like the look of the double slip switches and triple switches. It goes without saying I’ll need a number of standard switches too - but no idea how many to make a playable layout. Thanks for reading and any input in advance.