G scale brass track

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G scale brass track

Postby BobLI » Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:30 pm

I saw an ad in a magazine for G scale brass track. I can see using it for battery operated trains but the ad said it was a great electrical conductor. I always thought nickel silver rail was better than brass especially in small scales but won’t brass oxidize a lot outdoors?
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Re: G scale brass track

Postby jlr3266 » Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:46 pm

Brass is a better conductor, but is more expensive and requires more cleaning.
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Re: G scale brass track

Postby Backshophoss » Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:10 pm

Brass is a bear to keep clean, HO scale and G scale, indoors or outdoors.
Invest in a good wire brush,go easy on the pressure,to lightly clean off the railhead.
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Re: G scale brass track

Postby TrainDetainer » Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:33 am

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Re: G scale brass track

Postby JamesRR » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:36 am

LGB made a version of nickel-silver track years ago - it was their brass track coated with nickel. The idea was less maintenance, but it suffered from flaking and they eventually discontinued it.

I have the LGB Track Cleaning loco and it's a marvelous machine. Polishes the rail back to pure brass.
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Re: G scale brass track

Postby scottychaos » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:37 pm

Probably 95% of outdoor G-scale garden railroads are built with brass track, both track power and battery power.
A much smaller amount of stainless steel.
Some aluminum, for battery power. (aluminum isnt good for track power)
virtually zero nickel silver in G scale.

Bachmann makes steel track that comes with their starter sets, no good for outdoors, it rusts.
most people use Bachmann steel track only for display shelves, or maybe the Christmas tree loop, but not much else.

Brass does have to be cleaned often, but it still works fine for track power.
brass is, by far, the standard in G scale.

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