Are there any off the shelf tracks made that fit a Corgi PCC car?  Distance between rails would need to be 33mm or a hair above 1.25" based on my caliper.

If I need to make, what rail and ties would you guys recommend, these will just be sitting on a shelf.  

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Since it's only about .05" wider than normal track, I'm not sure of the tolerances on track are that tight that one could not just put the car on normal track. An older piece of track with wooden ties would probably work best. I'd avoid FastTack or Realtrax. If you chose tubular track, you could probably bend the tabs on the ties to separate the rails by that amount.

I measured the distance between rails on a piece of 2 rail flexible track and it came to a bit over 31mm. With a little bending I would think you could get to 33mm.

Since you only need it for for display, you could take a piece of flexible track, cut the clips that hold the rear rail near where the trucks are and bend the rails out enough to get the 33 mm you need.

Just for clarification on normal track one of the flanges basically sits on the rail rather than just inside it like it should.  In my display case it "works" but not perfect.  A nit picky thing indeed.  The simple answer of bending was so obvious I didn't think of it. I use Atlas 3 rail in general which will not bend but I can see where you guys are going.

What rail do the traction modelers here make their own from?

joe krasko posted:

Super O

Before I saw Joe’s post, I was going to suggest Superstreets, or the Bachmann replacement called EZ-streets.  After all, most PCC’s ran on track embedded in the street rather than traditional railroad-type track with roadbed and ballast.

So I put one of my Corgi Pittsburgh PCC’s on Superstreets and one on Super O and attached is how they look.  The wheels of the Corgi fit very well on both but much better on the Superstreets rails. Note that the Super O track has cork roadbed under it so it is higher than the Super Streets which has a thin shelf lining pad under it.  For a static display, you won’t need any thing under it and either track should work but it does feel more secure on the Superstreets.   

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Pardon me for jumping in here, just ignore me if I am off base. Since it is a static display I would use scale 2 rail track. As far as rail height around code 100 or code 125 would look good. Were it my display I would just file flat spots on the wheels on one side so the car sits level on the display. If you want to widen the rail gauge that would actually be more prototypical for the two Pittsburgh cars in Bill's picture. Pittsburgh Railways tracks were broad gauge, 5'-2 1/2".

Tom

Superstreets and building a 2 rail custom are both excellent ideas.  I need to think, I have never built or laid any track by hand so could be a learning opportunity but I like the idea of the EZ streets for the right look and something that may have dual purpose. 

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