I'm new to S gauge.  I am making an 18' x 2.5' switching layout using DCC.  I have a few items that have flanged wheels and I would like to run them on the layout.

1. Can a flanged wheel engine run on Tomalco code 100 track?

2.  What code track would you use for an industrial switching area?

3.  Is American Models track compatible with scale equipment?

4.  Does anyone make track planning software with Tomalco track in the database?

Thanks Erik

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Scale flanged equipment will run on Tomalco code 100 track, Flyer and HiRail flanged equipment will not run well and won't go through the turouts.

I have a scale layout, everything is code 100.

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American Models track will run scale equipment, but the turnouts require modification (shimming the guard rail on the diverging route) to allow reliable operation of scale wheels.

Don't know about track planning software.

Rusty

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Thanks I plan on only buying mostly scale stuff but I have some Lionel AF ES44ACs and SD70ACe that have the high rail wheels. I'm pretty sure they can convert to scale but I have never done so. 

What track would you purchase today for scale ops DCC?

Biggs767 posted:

Thanks I plan on only buying mostly scale stuff but I have some Lionel AF ES44ACs and SD70ACe that have the high rail wheels. I'm pretty sure they can convert to scale but I have never done so. 

What track would you purchase today for scale ops DCC?

I'd go with either Tomalco or Shinohora (my track is almost all Shinohora, installed around 30 years ago.)  I have DCC installed, but usually run DC conventional.  Wiring my DCC system into one side of my double-pole, double throw (center off) block toggles allows for both systems.

Scale wheels for the ES44's and SD70's are available from Lionel.

Rusty

Several years ago I attended a layout tour for a club in the Hendersonville NC area. One of the layouts was at the home of the fella who owns/manufactures Tomalco track. He was very interesting and had a nice place in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. His layout was quite impressive too.

Am not familiar with the S scale segment of the hobby but we  have an older gentleman here in Maggie Valley who has been writing for one of the S gauge magazines for many years. He scratch-builds everything as well as hand laying his track. His name is Jim Juhnke and he plays a horn in the community big band.

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