I have the opportunity to purchase some Gargraves track at an auction. I'm considering using it for my next layout (far down the road), but I had some questions about it:
-How can you tell if 3ft sections are just strait sections, or are flex track?
-It is phantom rail. As I understand, that means the center rail is blacked out. Does this wear off in use? Is it removable if I decide I want to see the center rail?
-How would my prewar trains run on this (and gargraves/RCS switches)? I plan to mainly run modern equipment, but want to be able to run my prewar (non gear over flange) equipment on it if the mood strikes me.
Also, please let me know if there is any other information that I should know about this track system. I've been using tubular track all my life, but am not looking to get more prototypical looking track. Thanks!