PECO Code 83 Track

Peco now offers quite a nice range of US prototype code 83 track.

Sleeper placements and alignments are correct for US and some more recent EU / AU trackwork… however we do think that the best match for EU and AU track is actually made by Tillig.

As with the Peco code 75, we choose to stock ONLY the electrofrog variants because ONLY those will give the highest performance and reliability.

Compatibility: Code 83 is a good scale height for heavily trafficked main lines in HO. The “code83” isn’t anything mysterious – The ’83’ simply means that the rail is 0.083 inches high (2.11mm). This also is far more realistic than the over-heavy code 100 rail (2.54mm high) that is used in trainsets. Apart from earlier Lima/PowerLine, older Hornby Dublo, Triang and many earlier EU models, almost everything runs well on code 83 rail. Code 83 is very strong and much easier to lay than code 100 track, as it is a finer rail profile (about 1/2 the metal of code 100).

DCCconcepts strongly recommends that you always wire Peco code 83 Peco now offers quite a nice range of US prototype code 83 track. Sleeper placements and alignments are correct for US and some more recent EU / AU trackwork… however we do think that the best match for both of these in general is actually made by Tillig.

As with the Peco code 75, we choose to stock ONLY the electrofrog variants because ONLY those will give the highest performance and reliability.

Compatibility: Code 83 is a good scale height for heavily trafficked main lines in HO. The “code83” isn’t anything mysterious – The ’83’ simply means that the rail is 0.083 inches high (2.11mm). This also is far more realistic than the over-heavy code 100 rail (2.54mm high) that is used in trainsets. Apart from earlier Lima/PowerLine, older Hornby Dublo, Triang and many earlier EU models, almost everything runs well on code 83 rail. Code 83 is very strong and much easier to lay than code 100 track, as it is a finer rail profile (about 1/2 the metal of code 100).

DCCconcepts strongly recommends that you always wire Peco code 83 according to the instructions in our ‘Making Peco Work at its Best’ handbook which will soon be available to download from the link that is on every Peco point-work page. For the more adventurous modeller, we also show you how to remove those clumsy and very ugly ‘point motor’ sleepers and to give your Peco points a much more realistic appearance!


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