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Figure 2. Trim sleepers to fit where they overlap

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Flexible Track and Electrofrog Turnouts

The major difference between Universal code 100 and code 75 track is the rail height (1). See our free leaflet "Know your Track in OO/HO." - available from Brunel Hobbies.

Laying Flexible Track

Flexible track can be used straight or curved (recommended minimum radius 5OOmm/18"). To curve the track, bend to the radius required on the baseboard (or use a Brunel Models Curved Track Aligner) and cut off surplus inner rail using a fine toothed junior hacksaw or razor saw. Trim rail ends with a file. Join tracks together by using Metal Rail Joiners (SL-l0) or Insulating Rail Joiners (SL-ll) as appropriate. To achieve uniform sleeper spacing it may be necessary to cut off the rail fixings of the end sleepers so they can easily slide under the Joiners. For double track use the Peco 6ft Way Gauge (SL-36) to obtain correct spacing. To fix the track, insert Peco Fixing Pins (SL-14)through the centre of sleepers using thin nosed pliers (no previous hole required). For added realism, use Peco instant Foam Ballast Inlay or cork underlay. For further instructions see Peco Publications booklet 'Laying the Track' - available Brunel Hobbies.

Laying Turnouts and Crossings

These products are ready to use (See additional wiring instructions for DCC users below) but to maintain correct track spacing it is sometimes necessary to trim the ends of some sleepers (2). Extreme care should be taken when cutting the plastic. The sleepers at the rail ends are undercut to permit fitting the rail joiners without the need to remove the rail fixings. All turnouts and crossings have blind fixing holes (visible on the under-side) which should be pierced with a sharp instrument or drill. Turnouts should be fixed using Pins (SL-14), pushing them through the sleepers into the baseboard using pliers. The wire attached to the frog (7) is necessary only if you are using DCC or are experiencing short circuits.

Wiring for standard 12V DC systems

The basis of wiring a layout with live frogs (see Figure 3) is that the current must always be fed (a) to the toe end of each turnout (b). Subsequent turnouts as shown in (c) and (d) need no further feeds provided their toe ends also face the main feed (a). Turnouts facing the opposite direction as at (e) require insulating joiners (f) between them and the opposing turnout (c). Additional feeds must then be installed as at (g).

Continuous track circuits

When a 'circle' of track is formed which includes a turnout, a Peco Insulating Joiner (SL-ll) must be inserted as indicated at (h).

Passing Loops

Where a passing loop is incorporated, insulating joiners must be inserted at positions (i) and (j) in Figure 3, a further feed should be taken to that part of the circuit (k) not supplied by the main feed (a). It is not necessary to take every feed direct from the controller - feeds can be inter-connected as shown at (h) and (k) to save wire.

Instructions for DCC or where Short Circuits Occur

Some long wheelbased locomotives may cause short circuiting between the open blade and the stock rail. Should this electrical problem occur, the wiring on the underside of turnouts in most cases should be modified (see Figure 7 below) utilising a Peco Turnout Motor (PL-l0) and Accessory Switch (PL-13 or PL-1S).

Figure 7

Single and Double Slips

To use the Single and Double Slips extra switches are required. If the section in which the slip is installed is under the operation of one controller, the wiring should be undertaken as in Figure 4. Note that the slip is electrically isolated completely with an electrical feed to both outside running rails. Two Peco Turnout Motors (PL- 10) need to be fitted and a Twin Microswitch (PL-1S) is attached to each motor.

If the slip is to be operated by two controllers (see Figure 5), isolate the slip and take an independent electrical supply to both outside running rails via a double-pole double-throw switch, wired as a changeover switch between the two controllers.

Diamond Crossings

Diamond crossings require extra switches. If used with one controller they should be wired as in Figure 6, with a double pole double throw switch wired as a reversing switch. If the crossing is to be operated with two controllers, a second double-pole double-throw switch (see Figure 6A) must be added, wired as a changeover switch between the two controllers.

General Information

For smooth operation of locomotives it is important that current collectors on the wheels are kept perfectly clean. It is equally important that there are at least two pairs of wheels from which current is collected and ideally on a six-coupled locomotive, pickup should be on all wheels. Additional collectors, for example on the wheels of a tender, will further enhance faultless running. Always check that your locomotives are picking up current from all the appropriate wheels. Test by applying two wires from the controller directly to each pair of wheels in turn. Set to the slowest normal operating speed. If your locomotive does not perform faultlessly off the track, it cannot be expected to do so on the track. The Peco Lectrics range includes useful aids to simplify wheel cleaning and other maintenance. If derailments occur at the frog area it will be due to incorrect assembly the wheels.

Replacement of the over-centre spring

If the turnout spring becomes inoperative it could be that the spring at the tie bar has become dislodged from its slot. If this is the case it can easily be pushed back into place using a small screwdriver. If however the spring is weakened it can be replaced without removing the turnout from the baseboard. Bend upwards the metal retaining tags. Remove and fit new spring and then replace cover. Cut off the surplus projecting ends of the new spring with end cutters (see Figure 8). Bend metal tags back down firmly, either inwards (9a) or outwards (see Figure 9b) according to design. New springs can be obtained free on request from Brunel Hobbies. Use these instructions to remove the spring if using the point with Tortoise Switch Motors or by the use of a servo.

Outdoor Use

Peco Streamline with Nickel Silver rail is suitable for use outside in temperate climatic conditions but is not recommended for Australian conditions. It cannot withstand extreme temperatures as in most of Australia or the concentrated direct sun rays during summer.


Some glues, paints, oils, wood preservatives, etc, can attack plastic and their use could damage the unit. Test all fixing or colouring agents before use. It will be appreciated that we are unable to accept responsibility for damage resulting from neglect of this simple precaution.