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Figure 2. Trim sleepers to fit where they overlap

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Flexible Track and Insulfrog Turnouts

The major difference between Universal code 100 and code 75 track is the rail height (see Figure 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 (see Figure 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 is necessary only if you are using DCC or are experiencing short circuits.

Wiring for standard 12V DC systems

Apart from the Single and Double Slips (see below) no special instructions are necessary for wiring Peco Streamline Insulfrog Turnouts and Crossings since they are electrically self-isolating and ready for use. However, some incorrectly shaped metal wheels can cause a short-circuit when crossing an Insulfrog due to the wide tread of the wheel touching both frog rails at the same time. This occurs when a back feed takes place in a continuous loop. To overcome it insert a Peco Insulating Rail Joiner next to the frog rail of the track forming the loop (see Figure 3). The golden rule of two-rail electrification is to ensure that current is fed to the track from the toe end of any turnout(s).

Single and Double Slips

The Peco Streamline Single and Double Slips are already wired and if the section in which a Slip is installed is to be under the operation of one controller, it may be used as an ordinary turnout. If installed at the crossing of two independently controlled sections, it must be isolated with Insulating Joiners on each rail. An independent supply is then taken to the two outer rails via a double-pole double-throw switch (see Figure 4). Two Turnout Motors (PL-10) are required for remote control, each operated by a separate Peco Lectrics Switch (PL-26).

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 back the metal tags on both sides of retaining cover. Remove and fit new spring and then replace cover. Bend down metal tags firmly, cut off the surplus projecting ends of the new spring with end cutters (see Figure 6). New springs can be obtained from Brunel Hobbies.

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.