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Postby jmass » Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:45 pm

can anybody give me a heads up on old style bttb track? i am thinking of purchasing some on ebay. looks like the track might be hollow but cant really tell by pictures.
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Re: bttb track

Postby ConducTTor » Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:24 pm

Why are you buying BTTB track????
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Re: bttb track

Postby Arseny » Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:34 pm

Yes, they are hollow, "empty" inside.

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But I do not recommend you to use old BTTB tracks. They oxidize and become rusty very quickly, and electrical contact will be poor.

Also notice that BTTB curves had different radiuses than Tillig ones. For example, most popular curve section was 286mm, while Tillig curves are 310mm (or 267mm for industrial branches).
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Re: bttb track

Postby LVG1 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:37 pm

jmass wrote:can anybody give me a heads up on old style bttb track? i am thinking of purchasing some on ebay. looks like the track might be hollow but cant really tell by pictures.


You're right; it is hollow profile track.
But it needs careful handling and good maintenance to work acceptably.
If you're not careful in handling it, you will possibly bend it. And if you don't care for it, it will get spots which don't conduct or it will even rust. In both cases you can throw away the track or will have a lot of trouble getting to run trains smoothly on it.
If you get it second-hand, it will be very probable that it allready has rust or non-conducting spots.
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Re: bttb track

Postby Arseny » Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:41 pm

...but if you still want use BTTB tracks for siding, dead-end lines without the traffic, notice that Tillig offers "transition" tracks, "adapter" to connect old BTTB U-style tracks and modern ones.
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Re: bttb track

Postby jmass » Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:50 pm

thanks for the info. i think ill just save my pennies and buy some tillig track.
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