Code 55 or 70?

racedirector Oct 26, 2004

  1. racedirector

    racedirector TrainBoard Member

    283
    0
    16
    Ok, next question.....

    Given that I am (primarily) modeling a branchline in the coal fields of West Virginia in the mid-late 40's to very early 50's, and will interchange with the L&N & Clinchfield on a shortish mainline going to and from staging, what size rail would be recommended for a "correct" look?

    I am leaning towards code 55 for the yards, branch, interchange and siding track and code 70 for the mainline track. Good idea or not?

    Oh, all will be handlaid....

    Cheers
     
  2. Ironhorseman

    Ironhorseman Staff Member In Memoriam

    4,717
    112
    66
    I think you are on the right track (no pun intended) Bruce.
    Code 55 is a little harder to work with than code 70, but it sure has a prototypical look to it. [​IMG]
     
  3. slimjim

    slimjim Passed away January 2006 In Memoriam

    788
    1
    24
    That's what I would do.
     
  4. racedirector

    racedirector TrainBoard Member

    283
    0
    16
    Thanks Guys,

    I'll go that way then. I am aiming for a prototypical look, that's why I have also been researching tie spacing for different areas. Now all I have to do is put all this information together and do a reasonable job of it [​IMG]

    Cheers
     
  5. racedirector

    racedirector TrainBoard Member

    283
    0
    16
    I bought a pack of ME code 55 rail today - whoa! is code 55 REALLY small or what?! My code 70 looks really big next to it.

    This is gonna be real interesting laying and making turnouts out of this stuff.

    Cheers
     
  6. GP30

    GP30 TrainBoard Member

    3,439
    1,958
    72
    Good luck with the code 55 and such.

    Keep in mind that during the timeframe you chose, derailments were a daily nuisance for the railroad workers. They were almost always minor since a lot of low speed switching was in order. [​IMG]
     
  7. jkristia

    jkristia TrainBoard Member

    240
    0
    19
    ha, that's exactly what I thought when I opened my first package of C40, couldn't see which side was up. [​IMG]
     
  8. jkristia

    jkristia TrainBoard Member

    240
    0
    19
    forgot to mention that I would also go with C55.
    Looking forward to some pictures of the hot glue method
     
  9. thebullroars

    thebullroars TrainBoard Member

    13
    0
    14
    Why code 55 and code 70? :confused:
    Why bother even spending the time to have both code 55 and code 70? :confused:
    You don't save that much money buying code 55 as you do in buying code 70!
    Another thing you will have trouble with some of the wheels with code 70! [​IMG]
    Why not go for code 83 or 100?
    That way you will not be so likely to have trouble with the wheels?
    Besides Code 83 is the most prototypical look you can get! [​IMG]
    I am surprised no one mentioned it! :confused:

    [ 12. December 2004, 00:27: Message edited by: thebullroars ]
     
  10. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    10,795
    444
    127
    Do code 55 and code 70 relate to actual rail sizes in 1:1 scale? Definitely will be very fine looking trackage [​IMG]
     
  11. Flash Blackman

    Flash Blackman TrainBoard Member

    13,326
    433
    149
    Not so bad in HO scale. It is .055 inches tall and .070 inches tall. So, for HO scale at 1/87...code 55 is 4.785 inches tall (12.15 cm) and code 70 is 6.09 inches tall (15.47 cm). That is probably heavy rail, but not unreasonable. You can see why N scale rails at 1/160, code 55 rail is 9 inches tall. That is very, very heavy rail.

    I am not sure how these translate to pounds per yard on the rail. I think that is how it was measured. 155 pound rail, (heavy!) is 155 pounds per yard. That is about 75 kg per 91 cm. Some of the heaviest rail in the USA was West Virginia coal lines (C&O) at 210 pounds. Very light trackage would be 40 pounds.

    I am certainly not positive about this. As usual, the narrow guage guys study it all. I am sure there is a chart somewhere.
     
  12. Flash Blackman

    Flash Blackman TrainBoard Member

    13,326
    433
    149
    Alan:

    Here is some definitive info from Rick Blanchard, an N scaler who went over to the narrow guages. Scroll down to the bottom.

    http://www.urbaneagle.com/data/RRrailsizes.html

    Rick's Urban Eagle website has lots of useful information, and not just on conversions.
     
  13. pjb

    pjb E-Mail Bounces

    184
    0
    19
    Code 83 in 'HO' is 140 lb.+ rail. This is not common
    rail, save on heavy duty mainlines even today.

    Code 70 is around 100lb. rail and repesentative for
    the initial questioners purposes. So code 55 makes good repesentative branch line trackage.
    Good-Luck [​IMG]
     
  14. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    10,795
    444
    127
    Thanks Flash, that is a comprehensive list of rail sizes [​IMG]
     

Share This Page