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Building my first layout and wondering if you can mix Atlas and Peco code 83 track and turnouts?
Atlas Code 83 is basically their old code 100 track with. .017” removed from the top. It has a much wider profile than the Peco code 83. ME code 83 is the same profile as peco just the ties are little different. You can use atlas joiners to join both the Atlas and Peco, you might need to squeeze the joiner tighter on the Peco side. I use ME joiners and I believe you would need to make them slightly wider to fit the atlas track.
Lancaster Central Railroad
But I wouldn't ...At least not If I were a beginner. Atlas and Peco code 83 have very different rail cross sections. Since Atlas rail is thicker across the web and base, joiners that fit well on Atlas can be too loose on Peco, and joiners that like Peco can be overly tight on Atlas. Getting nice smooth joints can be a chore if you aren't experienced in laying and tuning track.
Once you have developed track laying skills, go ahead and start mixing brands all you want. Until then you could be setting yourself up for frustration. I've encountered a number of beginners who had a tough time working with Atlas and Peco together, especially when working the two in complex yard ladders and such.
Rob Spangler MRH Blog
Thanks for the guidence
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